After 30 years as an internationally renowned chef, Sean Connolly wanted to do something special. The “greatest hits” of his career – spanning from high-end restaurants in the UK to his own cooking series on SBS – culminated in Sean’s Kitchen.
Housed inside the casino, it feels equal parts simple and sophisticated. This is a place where it’s possible to order a side of caviar (for $285) alongside your burger and chips.
The most comforting parts of the menu take in mac ‘n’ cheese, ricotta gnocchi and lobster roll, while more refined hits include scampi crudo, Waldorf salad and roast Petuna ocean trout.
The drinks selection features a variety of predominantly South Australian wines and beers, as well as signature cocktails such as Sean’s Old Fashioned Roast Duck (rye whiskey, fat-washed with Sean’s own duck fat seasoned with thyme, salt, pepper and finished with blood orange).
The restaurant’s design is inspired by New York glamour while also honouring the neighbouring train station, with park bench seating, railway tiling and overhanging street-style lamps.
The sophistication continues with the staff – eager but not over-bearing, personable but still professional. And unlike some establishments set up by international chefs, don’t be surprised to see Connolly himself commanding the kitchen from time to time.