In a step away from the fine dining that we know him for, chef Stephen Seckold, currently executive chef of Flying Fish, will open a Japanese eatery in Surry Hills with Flying Fish restaurateur Con Dedes. The Albion Street venue, named Salaryman, is slated to open mid year.

“It’s as far from the usual Japanese we get [in Sydney] as possible. We’re saturated with that already; the tempura and sushi plates,” says Seckold. “So we’ll be doing our version of taiyaki [sweet cakes with fillings including red-bean paste], takoyaki [savoury balls including octopus] and street food.”

The restaurant will offer quick lunches of ramen. Dinner will be izakaya-style dining with food cooked over charcoal. “Dinner isn’t more serious, but we’ll use the skills as chefs that we’ve built up,” he says, adding that after 18 years in the business, and many trips to Japan, he’s looking forward to the chance to challenge himself.

“It’ll be nice to have the focus just on the food. At Flying Fish, sometimes the view and the location is the focus,” he says. “Con and I have been looking for a place for a while. We wanted somewhere that was the opposite of Flying Fish; low key, nothing fancy.”

But Flying Fish lovers do not despair; Seckold plans to split his time between the Pyrmont restaurant and Salaryman.

Salaryman opens in June/July on Albion Street, Surry Hills.