It's all the work of Maurice Terzini - the restaurateur behind Icebergs Dining Room and Bar and Da Orazio who moonlights as a fashion designer with his label Ten Pieces. Read: a man with his finger on the pulse of what's hot in Sydney.
The new look Dolphin will open in the coming weeks with a minimalist aesthetic that pays homage to its history - with a Terzini twist. Possibly Sydney's only pub with an artist-in-residence (Beni) and artistic flourishes by sculptor Tracey Deep, the fit-out is all white, exposed brick and striking black monochrome motifs. Lauded interior architect George Livissianis (he also did Cho Cho San, Apollo and Billy Kwong) designed the fitout.
The interior might pay tribute to the past but the new menu is thoroughly modern. Terzini has brought in some of the best chefs from Icebergs for the Italo-Australian food offering, plus the 2015 Sommelier of the Year James Hird to oversee the extensive wine list.
The new Dolphin is split into three venues-within-a-venue: a Dining Room, Wine Room and public bar with open-air terrace. It's slated for an early June opening.
The Dolphin Hotel, 412 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW.