Sitting on the 18th floor of the recently opened Ace Hotel Sydney, Kiln is helmed by chef-partner Mitch Orr and offers flavours of Italy, Japan and Southeast Asia, plus a full bar programme including craft cocktails; all high above Surry Hills’ mosaic rooftops.
Named after the fact that it’s situated above Australia’s first kiln discovery, Kiln features an open kitchen and wood-fired hearth, diners treated to an impressive kitchen display with Orr and his team showcasing a genre-bending, innovative-yet-unpretentious approach to cooking. Dishes such as Grilled Snowflake Mushroom with wasabi leaf; Grilled Abrolhos Island Scallop with preserved lemon butter; and Marron with desert lime and long pepper, are created atop open flame and smoke, dishes made using only the best seasonal produce and designed to be shared and had fun with.
The glass-walled, 108-seat dining room offers panoramic views of the neighbourhood, and Melbourne-based interior design studio Fiona Lynch Office, sought inspiration from Italian Australian architect Enrico Taglietti to create a space that pays homage to Australia, reflecting on the country’s culture, colours and design language.
Using native raw materials, local craftsmanship and custom furniture and lighting throughout, Kiln’s main bar is hand-finished in natural brass designed to patina with use. Connecting two terraces, it sits proudly in the centre of this remarkably designed space. Whether dining on leather-topped tables, or in banquettes, the space offers a different experience for diners; whether they’re visiting solo, in a pair, or as larger groups.
Currently open for dinner with a brunch service to be added in the coming weeks, Kiln at Ace Hotel Sydney joins the hotel’s existing food and beverage venues: The Lobby cocktail bar and lounge; all-day neighbourhood restaurant LOAM; and a day-to-night laneway cafe and bar, Good Chemistry. Icing on the top of a very fine cake, Kiln is just another draw for this impressive Sydney design hotel.