3 March 2009 Words and Images: MiSociety
Why open a restaurant in Pyrmont? After a long search for a premises, when Linda, Karen and Jim Larcan first set foot in the space at 56 Harris Street in the villagy feel of Pyrmont they immediately knew that this was it. Their light and airy restaurant is augmented by a very generous undercover alfresco dining area from where, intriguingly, one can view a deep gorge, complete with the occasional and seemingly ‘toy like’ light train service passing way below. The novelty of the gorge and the unheard trains was a great conversation piece at their launch party with Karen commenting “and the kids just love it too”.
Guests at the Pyrama Restaurant launch consisted of THE people any restaurateur would just love to have come. There were food writers from newspapers and magazines, Marcus Casey from Sydney Confidential, Managers from both the Pyrmont / Ultimo and Haymarket Chambers of Commerce, media representatives and a healthy mixed smattering of family, friends and locals.
Chef Jim Larcan, supported by his wife Karen and sister Linda, have set out to provide excellent quality produce, attractively served and at reasonable prices. This is an honest attempt to appeal to clientele who may have experienced restaurants with overblown reputations with inflated prices to match. Jim, Karen and Linda form a formidable team. Karen is an experienced restaurateur and Linda was restaurant manager for Neil Perry at XO and Rockpool. Jim has over 14 years experience cooking for hotels of the calibre of W Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel’s, Kables restaurant.
Guests clearly enjoyed ample tasting opportunities of the style of fare that Pyrama serve (best duck pate we have had in a long quack) and all this was accompanied by one of the world’s great champagnes, Laurent-Perrier (wow).
As night came down and guests reluctantly drifted away one reflected that although restaurants in a major city like Sydney come and go we really cared that Pyrama should be a restaurant that will stay around for a long time.
Thanks Jim, Karen and Linda for your welcoming hospitality and for hosting a terrific evening – and thanks also Deidre O”Loghlin, whose highly developed PR skills delivered a great crowd and stylish evening – we’ll be back.
Pyrama restaurant, 56 Harris Street, Pyrmont 2009 Reservations: 02 9692 8844
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