The glitzy four-in-one hospitality venture is about to be unveiled in North Sydney, with a restaurant, bakery-bar, providore and Japanese venue. Plus 16 hot new eateries set to open across town in coming months.


On Tuesday, July 9, the curtain drops at a new hospitality mega-venue in North Sydney with a contemporary restaurant, separate bakery-wine bar, a providore and a glitzy Japanese restaurant. If you thought Sydney restaurant expansion would slow due to tough trading conditions, think again. Nothing gets in the way of the harbour city and a restaurant launch.

Hatted chef Rhys Connell (ex The Gantry, Sepia) is executive chef of the four-in-one beast opening at 168 Walker Street, North Sydney. The Walker Street precinct is the latest venue from Etymon Projects, the group behind The Charles restaurant in the Sydney CBD. Connell has ex-Nobu London chef Tuan Colombo heading the kitchen at Japanese restaurant Genzo, and a palette of freshly minted interiors from COX Architecture.

At the 200-seat Soluna restaurant, Connell will lean in on a produce-driven menu he’s calling “Australian lifestyle cuisine”, where mains will mostly sit between $40-$50 and a couple of dishes below that price spread.

The four venues haven’t landed in North Sydney by chance. Connell explains they are on the same block as the upcoming Victoria Cross metro station, which will put Sydney CBD diners less than a 10-minute trip away. Connell wants to create a community hub for the area and the incoming 386 apartments in the Aura by Aqualand development above them. Locals will be able to pick up charcuterie at providore outlet Una or grab freshly bread in the morning at bakery Sol Bread and Wine, which morphs into a wine bar in the afternoon.


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