Chin Chin Sydney to open 2 October

26 September, 2017 by
Annabelle Cloros

Melbourne icon Chin Chin will open its doors in Surry Hills’ Griffiths Teas Building on 2 October.

“It’s been a long time coming but I am genuinely so excited to launch Chin Chin in Sydney,” says Chris Lucas, The Lucas Group Founder and CEO.


“I love this building and feel privileged to be able to bring something I am so passionate about to Sydney and the village of Surry Hills.”

The venue will include GoGo, a 100-seat bar combining booths, tunes and cracking cocktails; a 160-seat restaurant and Chii Town, an events space and private dining room for up to 125 people on the basement level.


Executive chef Graeme Hunt and head chef Ben Torrens will be spearheading the menu, which is divided into little something, stirfrys, rice and noodle, barbecue and rotisserie, curries, salads and vegetables and on the side.

Guests will be offered one menu across Chin Chin Sydney and GoGo. Hero dishes include spicy Isaan duck larb with ground roast rice and lime; barbequed cauliflower with curry-spiced coconut cream, curry leaf and chilli and rotisserie pork belly with fennel plum pickle and scud chilli death sauce.


The Chin Chin drinks program is designed by Sydney’s first all-girl wine team led by head sommelier Jacqueline Turner, assistant manager of wine and beverage Lilly Polanco and sommelier Lauren Norman.

The wine list features 130 varieties and five wines on tap.

Bartender of the Year, Michael Chiem, is the behind the cocktail list, with Simon Audas leading the front bar team.

Coriander, chipotle and watermelon jam with Herradura Blanco combines to create the Hey Zeus, with the Green Curry Mary featuring Plantation 3 Stars rum mixed with lime and green curry paste.

The Lucas Group’s own Shiki Lager, and many other 500ml bottles join a local collaboration with Manly’s 4 Pines. Cooper and Hunt have created the 4 Pines Kellar Door Chin Chilli Lager, a clean, refreshing American-style pale ale, with spice and lingering heat from the late addition of chillies.

Chin Chin is open from 11am until late seven days a week.