Cantonese restaurant

Jinja Luxurious Cantonese Restaurant at Macquarie Park

The acquisition of Crown Resorts by US investment giant Blackstone has sparked widespread speculation about the future direction of its vast portfolio of Australian restaurants.

On the streets of Barangaroo, many contracts are still in the early stages of new Crown ownership, but that hasn’t stopped the chatter. Blackstone has already had close ties in the US with – among others – chef David Chang, who closed his Momofuku Seiobo at the Star last year.

One man already on the Crown leap is Sebastian Tan, the executive chef of Silks, who Good Food reviewer Terry Durack recently scored an impressive 15/20.

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Jinja offers Cantonese cuisine in a luxurious setting. Photo: Steven Woodburn

Tan hopped on Jinja, a Cantonese restaurant that will open August 3 in Sydney’s tech hub. “Sebastian joined us last week,” Jinja general manager Mirza Baig said.

A quick look at Jinja’s opening menu reveals that Tan’s signature lobster, sang choy bao – or at least a version of it – crossed the Harbor Bridge with him.

Jinja is at the Governor Hotel, located in an austere business park, Macquarie Park.

Lacquered duck is on the menu. Photo: Steven Woodburn

Archebiosis architects have created a luxurious interior featuring oriental wallpapers, chocolate-colored parquet floors and botanically patterned rugs that are a step up for the area.

“We are close to the metro station and the university,” says Baig. The setting also brings Jinja closer to a North Shore audience ready for a new Cantonese offering.

The restaurant team has groceries on the set. Baig has held leadership positions at Merivale, and cooking alongside Tan is Kushal Lama, a graduate of global brand kitchens Hakkasan and Yauatcha.

The menu ranges from wagyu fried rice to duck pancakes and honey-glazed Kurobuta pork. “Shrimp and sesame bun will be on the menu,” adds Baig.

There’s also a cocktail program themed around the Eight Immortals of Chinese mythology. The restaurant is named after a Chinese-Australian model, who features in paintings by artist Ronnie Samuels, which feature prominently on the site.

Open Wed-Sun 12pm-2pm, Wed-Sat 5pm-10pm.

Level 1, 9 Waterloo Road, Macquarie Park,