Flying Fish & Chips — The Star Sydney
80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW
Story: Ailsa Brackley du Bois

Flying Fish & Chips offers an eye-catching design statement within the food and beverage precinct at The Star. Launched late last year, this double shop-front outlet is the younger sister of the established Flying Fish fine dining restaurant & bar at nearby Jones Bay Wharf, recipient of a coveted Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2012 Chef’s Hat. The owners, the Dedes Group, have been in the Australian hospitality business for over 35 years, and have several other venues, such as Deckhouse in Woolwich Dock, Dedes Restaurant & Watergrill in Abbotsford and 4143 at the James Barnes in Alexandria.

Requesting a seamless space that was tactile and finely detailed, they commissioned Bongiorno Hawkins & Associates (BHA) to bring their new fast food venue to fruition. Danielle Hawkins, the director of Bongiorno Hawkins, “The design focuses on the interplay of texture and light using a neutral colour palette; punctuated by the vibrancy of the food display. The curved front counter incorporates an embossed tile, selected for its tactile quality. The presentation of the curved counter to the dining precinct was a catalyst for the formation of the store and the basis from which many of the architectural elements evolved. The illuminated marble bar extension segments the counter and demarcates the food and beverage zones whilst emphasising the embossed motif on the service door (by Axolotl).”

Con Dedes says: “Flying Fish & Chips was designed not only to fit into Star’s cutting edge café court design, but also to look after guests using visual fresh food displays that provide ease of service when guests arrive en masse.” The design brief therefore required a pragmatic configuration, creating a synergy between the operations of the fast-paced front and back of house areas. The conical-shaped dividing wall, likened to the rusted hull of a boat, functionally segregates the two areas. A service corridor was integrated, with glazed inserts to the ceiling level that create openness without compromising the continuity of the curved shopfront. 

The suspended sculptural fish, by Yellow Goat Design, takes centre stage, embracing the viewer and identifying Flying Fish & Chips in a highly memorable fashion. The bespoke sculptural piece is offset by the rawness of the rusted conical dividing wall and the reflectivity of the gridded and mirrored ceiling, with clear oceanic references. The work of Point of View Lighting Design helps this installation and its surrounds shine. 


Bongiorno Hawkins & Associates
(02) 9736 2800 or

Arcon (Builders):
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Yellow Goat Design
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Point of View (Lighting Design)
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