The new venue brings Middle Eastern cuisine to the oldest part of Sydney.
The new Sydney restaurant Tayim, which opened on 13 December, combines modern and traditional Middle Eastern cuisine.
Located within the historic Rocks area of the Sydney CBD, Tayim’s stunning sandstone interiors blend the rich cultures of the Middle East and the heritage features of the building to create a unique dining experience.
Previously home to Scarlett Restaurant, the dramatic redesign includes an expansion of the former venue into a larger bar and dining area, with design and interiors by Sydney architects, Welsh + Major (The Mercantile Hotel, Fenwick Stone Building). In keeping with the historical features of the heritage building, sandstone walls have been lovingly restored to create an inviting space with a relaxed atmosphere.
Contemporary furnishings feature lightened marble, wood, and bespoke wall coverings to complement a colour palette of earthy tones. Central to the dining area is an open grill with a convivial communal table, leading to an alfresco dining balcony, a striking new bar and private dining room.
The Middle-Eastern inspired menu, designed by Head Chef Ran Kimelfeld (former Head Chef, Nour), showcases the region’s most flavoursome dishes; focusing on bold, exotic share plates cooked using traditional methods on the open grill.
Signatures include grilled sardine Shaksuka, summer mushroom Borekas and grilled chicken Masahan. Blending locally sourced produce with fruits, herbs and spices sourced from the transcontinental region, the menu features revived adaptations of time-honoured dishes, such as roasted figs paired with radicchio, goats cheese and chardonnay dressing, and semolina rose pudding accompanied with pistachio meringue and summer berries.
Tayim's wine and cocktail offering has been developed by GM Reuvin Lim and his team. Reuvin’s impressive resume has seen him be part of the opening team at numerous high-profile restaurants across Sydney, including; Sake, Gowings Bar and Grill, Cho Cho San, and most recently Tequila Mockingbird. The wine list has been carefully curated to compliment the spice and earthiness of Chef Ran's menu, with the best representations from Australia, Turkey, France, Italy and more. The seasonal cocktail list will showcase the bar team's playful artistry, combining their own twists on contemporary classics.
Tayim is also home to sister-venue Tayim Deli. Adjacent to the restaurant, Tayim Deli serves breakfast and lunch to the passing trade of office workers, locals and tourists. The takeaway menu features Middle Eastern-inspired street food, such as sandwiches and wraps filled with the likes of falafel, chicken shish and lamb kofta, along with fresh salads and accoutrements including Israeli couscous, roasted cauliflower and chargrilled broccolini.
Set in the heart of Sydney’s Rocks, an area steeped in local history, Tayim finds inspiration in a new approach to old standards from centuries past. Open for early breakfast to late dinner, Tayim embodies the warmth and flavour of the Middle East in Sydney.