The Kyn: Torquay’s chic esplanade gem brings Middle Eastern marvels to the coast

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The Kyn: Torquay’s chic esplanade gem brings Middle Eastern marvels to the coast

Words by Chloe Cicero 

Sitting pretty along Torquay's vibrant Esplanade, The Kyn emerges as a refreshing addition, bringing Middle Eastern-inspired dining to the coastal scene.

Positioned amidst the lively esplanade, The Kyn retains its classic white weatherboard exterior, but step inside, and you’re instantly transported into an impeccably designed space.

Formerly known as the Kyndarlin library, The Kyn holds a significant place in Torquay’s history, evident throughout the dining experience. The interior is a delightful blend of bright toffee-hued walls, snug leather booths, rattan cane, beechwood dining chairs, timber tables, a vibrant tiled feature tabletop, an edible textured concrete bar, and a colour palette in rust pink, brown, and beige.

Crafted by Jacobsen Love, the venue exudes warmth and sweetness, embracing an unapologetically extravagant vibe.

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Guiding the culinary journey is Head Chef James White, presenting a Middle Eastern-inspired menu meant for sharing with friends and family. Highlights include fried school prawns with chilli salt, fried beef cheeks with hummus and coriander Doug, and overnight lamb shoulder with olive and lentil pilau and labna. The menu offers numerous mouthwatering options, and for those who can’t decide, fear not – The Kyn provides a ‘FEED ME’ option, leaving the decision-making in capable hands.

For those with a sweet tooth, cap off the evening on a sugar high with chocolate and pistachio cannoli, peanut butter parfait (featuring baklava praline and salted caramel), and a rhubarb and blood orange “mess” with sweet labna and rose.

The comprehensive cocktail and wine list, now with a premium cellar selection, complements both local wineries and renowned international wines. The must-try margarita menu, ranging from classic versions to the signature chilli grapefruit margarita, is a crowd-pleaser.

Whether it’s lunch, dinner, or an afternoon drink in the sun overlooking the iconic Torquay beachfront, The Kyn stands as the perfect venue for all occasions.

The Kyn is located at 41 The Esplanade, Torquay and is open Wednesday – Thursday: 5 pm – late, Friday – Sunday: 11:30 am – late.