The spot at the end of Jones Bay Wharf in Pyrmont will enter a new era with Sala. The famous wharf venue was once upon a time home to Flying Fish and most recently Chuuka, a Chinese-Japanese collab between Chase Kojima and Victor Liong.
Sala is something else entirely—an Italian, led by chef Danny Russo (The Russolini Group) and Kerrie and Con Dedes (Dedes Waterfront Group). Here, head chef Michael Lewis will be doing a seafood-forward menu—honouring the harbourside location and its past life as Flying Fish—with ample Italian flair.
Think squid ink tortellini with crab meat, roast tomato, and lemon and caper sauce (Russo's signature) and crispy risoni fingers with caviar and parmesan.
The menu is "a balance between authenticity and spontaneity," explains Russo. “We wanted to call on nostalgic Italian flavours and give them a modern flair to offer a sophisticated yet playful experience to diners."
To drink, head sommelier Rocco Pezzullo has pulled a list of Italian varietals, grown locally and overseas. There's a full Negroni "collection" and a list of seafaring signatures like an Oyster Shell Martini.
The sprawling 160-seat venue includes two private dining rooms, one with a harbourside terrace.
Sala will open on Friday 25 November 2022.
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