Closes its doors
In the words of The Flying Tiger owner Noris Sciara -
"It is with sadness, frustration and despair that I announce that The Flying Tiger has shut it’s doors for good!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all you legends that wined and dined with us over the last two years. We had a blast! A shout out to our
loyal staff who have been with us in this journey and will always be part of our family. To our suppliers and their representatives, thank you for
supporting us all the way.
We have fought long and hard to keep the doors open but the odds were against us.
As quoted by Patrick Haddock from Reserve Wine Bar “the current incarnation has never been stronger but the East End has gone deathly quiet and the numbers don’t stack up.’’ I know many businesses have endured this difficult journey. We take solace and will be forever grateful in knowing that we have been deeply supported by our customers and fellow businesses.
Our aim as a family run business was to create a unique space where memories could be made with friends and family. We believe in the time that we did have, we achieved this.
Noris Sciara and The Flying Tiger Squadron.
Situated on Hunter St, in between Momo Wholefood and The Lucky, is the almost hidden, Flying Tiger. From the street, the venue seems unassuming and shy - but we all know not to make assumptions.
Upon entering, prepare to be transported. Natural timbers. Draping plants. A vast atrium filled with natural light. A larger than life goddess. An epic tiger mural and an old military aircraft fixed above head. Yes, you read all of that correctly!
While we cannot unveil the story of the Flying Tiger just yet (head over to their socials to find out what it’s all about in the coming weeks), we can tell you that owners Brad and Noris wanted to create an escape from the everyday for their customers.
“We used natural materials for comfort and warmth but we both wanted people to come in and lose themselves in a bit of fantasy.
“We are all busy and lead crazy lives, so we wanted it to be an escape- where people can come in and pretend they are somewhere else."
The interior will blow you away- that’s a given. But the food is just as impressive. If you’re after a quick bite, TFT has a ‘small eats’ menu that is ideal for sharing over drinks. Charcuterie boards, charcoal grilled skewers and lamb ribs paired with a cocktail or 10, is how you should be spending your Saturday night. Insiders tip: ask for the cocktail special of the month - you can thank me later.
If you’re after something more robust, head upstairs to the restaurant. On your way, take a glimpse into the open-plan kitchen and you will notice beautiful brass piping stemming from a multilevel charcoal grill. This remarkable piece of equipment is how they perfect their rump steaks. So take a seat, order the wagyu and get lost in the extensive wine list featuring hand-picked favourites from Australia, Italy, South America and beyond.
The continental feel of TFT’s menu, allows local produce to shine. Expect menu changes to take advantage of seasonal produce and expect quality cuts cooked
simply, but well.
The menu is coeliac and
With extraordinary interiors, a dynamic menu and original drink offerings; there is no doubt that TFT has to be your new haunt.
In the new year, owners Brad and Noris have plans to expand by adding a dedicated function and event space on the third level, plus an intimate rooftop
bar. STAY TUNED…