Champion Of First Nations Food Culture Jock Zonfrillo Is Headed To Sydney

By Sammy Preston
3rd Jul 2019

Orana Sydney | Urban List Sydney

Chef Jock Zonfrillo is on a mission to inspire us to take a closer look at the complex, thrilling, storied and flavour-dense Australian environment, and the culture that intimately knows all of its secrets.

Through his Adelaide eatery Orana, he’s been passionately championing cooking and ingredients drawn from First Nations food culture—a subject he’s been investigating for just shy of two decades. And in August, he’ll be bringing Orana to Sydney for a one-month-only restaurant residency.

His efforts and his food have earned him major national and global acclaim—so you’re going to want to add this to your must-do list.

Orana will pop-up where Longrain left off, with a temporary fit out from the design legends at SJB. It’s set to be inspired by the sand dunes, sandstone outcrops, banksia trees and wetland plantings that now lie beneath modern-day Surry Hills.

As for what’s to eat, the menu will be exclusive and unique to Sydney, while incorporating produce from Indigenous communities all over Australia.

“Diners can expect well over 50 Indigenous ingredients from the land, coast and waters of Australia,” says Zonfrillo. “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.”

It will be a tasting menu type affair with matching wines available on request. If Orana Adelaide is anything to go by, we’re hoping Zonfrillo’s potato damper with roast lamb butter, Goolwa pipis and Cooper’s sparkling ice cream pop all stand to make an appearance. Oh, and the second bread course.

To top it all off, 10% of the proceeds from the pop-up will be donated to Zonfrillo’s not-for-profit, The Orana Foundation, which works to support the preservation of First Nations food culture (and is creating a super cool database of Indigenous ingredients).  

Bookings will open on Tuesday 9 July. Head over here for more info. 


What: Orana In Residence
Where: 85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
When:  Friday 16 August until Sunday 15 September

While you're here, check out these eight amazing boutique bottleshops (they will satisfy all of your natural wine dreams). 

Image credit: Orana. 

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