Jock Zonfrillo is bringing his Adelaide fine diner Orana to Sydney

Jock Zonfrillo

This August, chef and owner Jock Zonfrillo will bring his three hat Adelaide fine diner Restaurant Orana to Sydney, taking up a residency in the former Longrain site on Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills.

Orana in Residence will run for one month from 16 August until 15 September, serving lunch Thursday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. 

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. 

“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,” Zonfrillo said in a statement. 

The menu structure remains the same as at the original with the dishes being a combination of snacks, mains, desserts and petit fours. The food menu will ring in at $350 per person, with an option of beverage pairings. 

“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,” he said.

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. 

“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.”