Chinese-Japanese Pyrmont restaurant Chuuka has closed, just over two years after it launched. The restaurant was led by star chefs Victor Liong (Lee Ho Fook, Melbourne) and Chase Kojima (Sokyo, Simulation Senpai). It meshed the cuisines the two chefs were known for: Liong’s Chinese and Kojima’s Japanese. But the concept had a lot of history behind it – “chuuka” are Chinese dishes that were introduced to Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries and gradually adapted to Japanese tastes. The handsome eatery opened in a Pyrmont wharf space operated by The Star, the group’s first venue outside the precinct.

In a statement, The Star attributes the closure to the tough conditions of the past year.

“Following a challenging year for the hospitality industry, The Star Sydney has opted to close Chuuka – its first off-property venture,” reads a statement sent to Broadsheet. “The Star is thankful to the talented and dedicated team assembled at Chuuka and will ensure they find new roles across our many dining establishments.”

Kojima will continue to head up Star Sydney’s Sokyo, as well as Kiyomi at The Star Gold Coast. He also recently opened Simulation Senpai in the Darling Square precinct. Victor Liong operates lauded Chinese eatery Lee Ho Fook in Melbourne.