Olio Kensington Street
Level 2, The Old Rum Store, 2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
(02) 9281 1500
There’s an exciting new addition to the cultural hub of Kensington Street Chippendale: Olio Kensington Street. Owner, Sicilian-born award-winning chef Lino Sauro, is ready to prove to Sydney that Sicilian is the ‘new Italian’.
Award-winning architects, Lava, converted the old rum store into a contemporary Mediterranean style restaurant, complete with a rooftop terrazzo that overlooks Chippendale.
Lino was inspired by his life in Sicily, where family meals were created from the quality produce grown on the property. This feeling has been translated into the restaurant and terrazzo menu with dishes that reflect his roots.
True to the Italian’s love of ‘olio’, the olive oil is sourced from Lino’s family farm in Sicily. The hero of the menu, the oil complements regional specialties such as seasonal seafood, wild fennel, raisins and saffron.
Enjoy an aperitivo and imagine you’re in Italy on the rooftop terrazzo lined with olive trees. Pair an Aperol spritz or a pinot grigio with a snack such as the cuddura fritta – a Sicilian-style homemade warm, fried flatbread served with ocean trout or creamy burrata cheese.
Mouthwatering dishes with unusual flavour combinations dominate the menu, such as the dry-aged saltbush lamb loin with blueberries, anchovies and smoked tea. Don’t leave without trying one of the unique desserts, like the cannolo filled with ricotta cream, prickly pear sauce and pistachio ice cream. Whatever you try, you’ll never think of Sicilian food in the same light.
On the 28th of January, Olio opens its doors to Sydneysiders, showcasing Sicilian style cuisine as the new face of Italian food.