Jock Zonfrillo has today announced a month-long Restaurant Orana residency in Sydney.
This August, chef and owner of Restaurant Orana, Jock Zonfrillo, will bring his award-winning Adelaide restaurant to Sydney, taking over the former Longrain site on Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.
Orana in Residence will run for one month from 16 August until 15 September and will serve lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday.
Zonfrillo says: “Bringing Orana to Sydney will help give Indigenous foods and culture more awareness and recognition, and shift the mindset around the acknowledgement of just how special the oldest surviving culture in the world is, which is right here on our doorstep.
We are surrounded by delicious Indigenous ingredients that don’t require irrigation, that are organically and naturally grown on country, and that the First Australians have eaten for over 60,000 years. The question has always been: Why aren’t these foods more widely consumed? I don’t have all the answers but for the past few years we’ve been thinking and working with Elders on country to give their culture a voice through food. The Orana Foundation is working towards commercialisation that acknowledges Indigenous Australians and benefits their communities directly. By eating at Orana in Residence, you’re part of the solution, part of the conversation, and part of the funding to continue to work this out.”
Zonfrillo and his team are designing a menu exclusive to the Sydney residency incorporating produce from Indigenous communities across Australia. Most Indigenous communities have six or more seasons which gives a short window for Zonfrillo to produce a menu with in-season produce at its peak.
Zonfrillo says: “Diners can expect well over 50 Indigenous ingredients from the land, coast and waters of Australia. We’re talking seeds, fruits, nuts, trees, shoots, shellfish, honey, ants, seafood - all the flavours and textures that represent this beautiful country we live in.”
The menu structure remains the same with the dishes being a combination of snacks, mains, desserts and petit fours. All dietaries will be catered for and a vegetarian and vegan menu will also be offered.
Acclaimed design firm SJB is reimagining Orana for their new temporary home in Surry Hills that will acknowledge the location. Inspiration for the industrial warehouse-style space will be drawn from the ancient sand dunes, sandstone outcrops, banksia trees and wetland plantings that now lie beneath contemporary Surry Hills.
The Orana in Residence will donate 10% of profits to Zonfrillo’s not-for-profit, The Orana Foundation, which fosters the preservation of indigenous food culture.
Restaurant Orana will close in Adelaide for the duration of the residency as the full team will be travelling to Sydney, the last service being on 10 August.
Bookings will be made available from 9am EST on 9 July. Bookings for all tables will be made available at once. Bookings can be made for tables of two, four, six or eight. For groups larger there are also two private dining rooms that can accommodate 12 and 16 diners.
The food menu costs $350 per person (plus 1.75% CC fee) and is payable at the time of booking. The beverage program at Orana in Residence will include a standard wine pairing, a premium wine pairing, an extensive wine list, and a non-alcoholic pairing which can be purchased on the day of dining.
For bookings at Orana in Residence please visit here from 9 July.
Orana in Residence
85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills