Luke Mangan to helm dining experiences for new Kimpton Sydney hotel

Legendary chef Luke Mangan will helm the restaurant and bar offering for Kimpton Sydney when the brand opens its first hotel in Australia.

Renowned for his Australian style, Mangan will be at the centre of the new luxury boutique hotel’s restaurants and bar offerings, with Luke’s Kitchen, an iteration of his neighbourhood favourite, taking centre stage in the lobby.

“What draws me to Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is its bespoke offering to guests coupled with heartfelt service,” Mangan said.

“The location of Kimpton Sydney is superb with its blend of nightlife from neighbouring Chinatown and Darlinghurst, and independent spirit from the nearby Surry Hills, all brought to life in this incredible building that’s connected to Sydney’s heritage.

“It felt like a perfect opportunity to not only re-invigorate Luke’s Kitchen, but also create a range of innovative culinary experiences that are built on Kimpton’s legacy of locally-loved restaurants.”

The first opening under IHG Hotels & Resorts’ Kimpton brand in Australia, Kimpton Sydney, will be located at the site of the current Primus Hotel.

The building is a heritage-listed 1930s Art Deco revival of inter-war period architecture, housing the former Sydney Water Board Offices.

Primus is now closed and is undergoing a detail-oriented refresh, drawing out the true beauty of its bold design, iconic architecture and boutique luxury personality.

In addition to the main Luke’s Kitchen restaurant, the hotel will feature an elegant 1930s-style cocktail bar, an intimate wine cellar offering bespoke tasting experiences, a rooftop bar with poolside flair and a cafe with locally crafted coffee and freshly baked pastries.

“Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is well-loved globally for its award-winning and locally-inspired culinary creativity,” said Jan Smits, co-CEO and deputy chair of Pro-invest Group.

“We are delighted to welcome Luke, with his vision, expertise and experience to assist in bringing Kimpton Sydney to life.”