Somer Sivrioğlu and business partner Tarik Köni announce the expansion of Origins Dining Group

With the launch of neighbourhood kebab bar, Tombik, in January 2022. 

Celebrated Turkish chef, Somer Sivrioğlu, together with his business partner Tarik Köni, will launch a new neighbourhood kebab bar, Tombik, in Barangaroo, in January 2022. This will be the third venue under the Turkish-influenced hospitality group, Origins Dining Group.

Located near Anason, the group’s Anatolian-influenced restaurant Tombik is a 45-seat neighborhood kebab bar that will offer an Istanbul street-style menu, showcasing its eponymous dish, the Tombik (puffy bread cooked in a wood-fired oven). The Group’s Executive Chef Arman Uz has created the menu drawing inspiration from his own upbringing in Tarsus, Turkey with doner (house beef rump and lamb belly kebabs), falafel, and other street favourites to feature on the menu. The venue will have a focus on premium Turkish wines, beers and bespoke cocktails as a new concept for the group, including shalgam (pickled turnip and chilli juice, typically enjoyed with raki and food), which will be used in the creation of cocktails.

Somer says of the expansion: “We’re excited to debut a new concept for Origins Dining, with Tarik Köni, my long-time friend and business partner. Tarik will draw on his two decades of experience in global events and hospitality to manage our existing Sydney-based portfolio and launch new venues such as Tombik in the new year. Launching in the popular Barangaroo district, Tombik is a kebab bar concept like no other. For so long, doner kebab has been seen as a mass-produced, after-drink option in Sydney, and we are excited to showcase an authentic, quality version paired with a premium selection of Turkish drinks and Istanbul vibes”.

Tarik adds, “Our main driver in expanding Origins Dining comes from the great success of Efendy followed by Anason. I am very delighted to be able to share my expertise and skill set with my long-time friend and now business partner Somer for the new endeavours of our group. Tombik will be the newest addition, which I believe in no time will become known as a destination for great Turkish food and cocktails and a favourite for many in Sydney. It will be a place to stop by any time of day or night for some delicious drinks and snacks with friends. Whether it be for lunch during the work week, or after-dinner drinks, everybody is welcome, with walk-ins encouraged. We want Tombik to be a week-round hub for locals, and the perfect pre- or post-dinner destination for visitors to the CBD”.

Tombik is designed by Sydney’s revered hospitality project team, Guru Projects. The venue will feature warm tones and materials such as a vegan leather countertop, timber detailing, velvet banquettes, terracotta and beautiful Ottoman era-inspired tiles as well as gorgeous pendant lights to enhance ambience. A large wood-fired oven will act as the centrepiece. Offering both internal bar seating and outdoor seating, floor-to-ceiling wine displays with French-set travertine wall cladding, antique mirrors and ambient lighting throughout, walk-ins will be encouraged to create a week-round offering for the local CBD community.

Tombik will open in January 2022, operating 7 days from lunch until late.

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