The Kyn opens, delivering a lavish new dining experience to Torquay’s beachfront

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The Kyn opens, delivering a lavish new dining experience to Torquay’s beachfront

After a fire destroyed the building last year days after completing renovations, The Kyn has finally opened.

Rising chefs and young hospitality talent have been pushing the boundaries of Middle Eastern food in recent years, and new restaurant The Kyn is bringing the cuisine in new lavish-inspired ways to the heart of Torquay.

Delivering a touch of innovation without being scary or confronting, The Kyn is the newest addition to the ever-bustling Esplanade of Torquay. Formerly cafe Moby’s, the Kyndarlin Torquay Library and once the home of surfing legend Mark Occhilupo, the venue has been designed to keep its old-style white weatherboard building, but once stepping inside you are instantly immersed in the exceptionally designed space.

The key takeaways

  • The Kyn is the newest addition to the ever bustling Esplanade of Torquay
  • Head Chef James White (Scorched Restaurant & Bellbrae Estate) has created a Middle Eastern-inspired menu
  • The Kyn is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm – late, and Friday to Sunday from 11:30am – late

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From the first look, the newly-opened venue oozes charm with its outrageously beautiful space. The interior is bright with rich toffee-hued walls, cosy leather booths, rattan cane and beechwood dining chairs, timber dining tables and a bright tiled feature tabletop, an edible textured concrete bar, and a rust pink, brown and beige colour palette. Designed by Jacobsen Love, the venue symbolises warmth and sweetness, whilst still being unapologetically extravagant.

This stunning venue is accompanied by Head Chef James White (Scorched Restaurant & Bellbrae Estate), who brings a Middle Eastern-inspired menu to the coast, designed to share amongst friends and family.

Refined and beautiful, you’ll find the likes of olives, feta cheese croquettes, prawns with chilli salt and lemon and shucked oysters to start. Larger dishes see the Middle Eastern flavours come through while maintaining a coastal flair, with pan-fried halloumi; Turkish ravioli with yoghurt, Aleppo and mint; fried calamari with tzatziki; Moroccan spiced duck pie; and fried cauliflower with quinoa, currents and tahini.

If you’re looking for something more generous, you’ll also find grilled chicken with leeks and coriander; whole baked snapper, overnight lamb shoulder with freekeh and lentil pilaf and think yoghurt. Side dishes include shoestring fries, shaved cabbage salad, roasted cabbage salad and warm focaccia.

As for dessert, finish on a high with panna cotta, blood orange jelly, peanut butter parfait, or opt for a cheese plate or nougat and Turkish delight treats.

Complimenting the punchy, technique-driven dishes that are full of flavour is the beverage offering. You’ll find an extensive wine list that celebrates the region’s wineries as well a large selection of tap and bottled beers and an exclusive cocktail list.


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Oozing charm with its outrageously beautiful space, it hasn’t been easy for the venue to get to this point, having to postpone their opening for nine months after a late-night fire gutted their new business just as major renovations wrapped up in December last year.

Since then, it’s been an extensive process to get the venue back to its dining-ready form thanks to a crew of local business support. The venue officially opened on Wednesday, September 15.

The ideal spot for dinner and a drink in the sun overlooking the iconic Esplanade’s beachfront, The Kyn promises to be one of the most remarkable dining experiences in the region.

The Kyn is located at 41 The Esplanade, Torquay and is open Wednesday and Thursday from 4pm – late, and Friday to Sunday from 11:30am – late. You can book via the website.