Remember when the choice in restaurant lighting was either straight bulb or fluoro? Michael McCann's design for the original Flying Fish at Pyrmont was a pioneer of moody restaurant stage lighting, designer Paul Kelly picking up where McCann left off at the new Flying Fish, which opens Wednesday at The Star.
"The lights have been hand-blown locally. They represent the spawning of fish, the scattering of eggs," Kelly says.
"Mike McCann did a brilliant job with the first one, Paul has introduced elements of it [the original] but brought it to 2018, let it grow up," Flying Fish owner Con Dedes says.
Those design cues included ropes made of merino wool and bespoke carpet inspired by the cartography of the NSW coastline. The former site of the Stefano Manfredi-led Balla restaurant has had some other changes, making it more open than it was.
"There's a jewellery box of raw seafood and Peter Robertson [ex-Rockpool] bringing across the signatures like the mud crab with black pepper as well as bring fresh input. His seafood platter is next-level," Dedes says.
Open daily lunch and dinner.
Flying Fish, podium level, The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont.