Hurricane's Bar & Grill ~ Cronulla

Rebecca Varidel
11th Jul 2023

HURRICANE’S Cronulla Bar & Grill will open this week in Sydney. The coastal inspired Shire restaurant and bar is located opposite South Cronulla Beach.

Set to open this Thursday 13 July, Hurricane’s Grill & Bar Cronulla will be a game changer for dining and drinking in the Shire.  

The newest member of Hurricane’s collection will be the fifth venue from restaurateur Tony Teixeira. With its stunning interior and refined Mediterranean-style menu, the expansive 300 seat venue, with restaurant, bar, outdoor seating and private dining room, is an exciting evolution of the Hurricane’s brand. 

The generous space opposite South Cronulla Beach has been designed for multiple uses, from cocktails and snacks at the bar, to casual post-beach lunches, to special occasion dining in the superbly designed restaurant or private dining room. 

Award-winning hospitality designers Luchetti Krelle have created something truly unique with the interior of Hurricane’s Cronulla. The grotto-like setting of chalky sculptural curves and arches juxtaposed with sandstone reflects the coastal surroundings, with contrasting colour accents in nutmeg, paprika and olive. 

Distinct areas including an island bar and open kitchen flow easily into each other with organically-shaped banquettes acting as tactile dividers within the space. A custom concierge desk incorporates distinctively sculptural legs by sculptor and furniture designer Hugh McCarthy. Cantilevered shelves in the bar area extend from a central “mast” and float like sails.

Tony has been working with renowned Chef Justin North from Concept Hospitality for the past 12 months to create an exciting Mediterranean-inspired menu at Hurricane’s Cronulla.

“We wanted to create a local, casual coastal Mediterranean grill and bar that highlights the Hurricane’s classics, but also introduces some new dishes specifically for the beachside location. The menu will feature some of Australia’s most respected producers” explains Chef Justin North, who has been at the forefront in Sydney throughout his career in promoting a produce driven approach on his menues.

Reflecting its coastal location the a la carte menu features plenty of Australian seafood from a raw bar (Sydney rock oysters, kingfish ceviche and scallop crudo among other offerings), starters such as grilled king prawns and Hervey Bay scallops with lime, miso and garlic burnt butter, and mains such as a show-stopping seafood platter and whole lobster with herb butter. 

Long-time Hurricane’s fans will recognise perennially popular dishes from the grill, such as basted signature ribs and steaks with a choice of house-made sauces. An exciting addition is the dry-aged program, along with a range of cuts including a Great Southern Pinnacle pasture-fed scotch fillet, a 1.5 kilo Tomahawk steak and a 400-day grain-fed Tajima wagyu beef sirloin.

Industry sommelier and consultant Stéphane Pommier has collated a list of more than 80 European, American and Australian wines to complement the menu. 

Alongside the wines sits a vibrant list of classic cocktails with a twist, a signature martini collection and an artisanal gin and tonic offering featuring local distilleries.

When he purchased the site in 2021 Tony knew he wanted to create something truly unique for Cronulla. 

“It is such a special community,” Tony says. “I love the beachside location, which is a perfect fit for a Mediterranean coastal grill.” 

Hurricane’s Grill & Bar Cronulla is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Shop 1 / 49 Gerrale Street NSW 2230 (opposite South Cronulla Beach).

Photos by Dominique Cherry