Surry Hills is an unlikely spot for a communitarian revolution, home as it is to advanced tertiary sector industries, well-to-do professionals and the like, but there’s one afoot nonetheless. Folonomo, like its sister restaurant, Gratia Cafe, both on Bourke Street, is elevating people over profit to become Sydney’s first not-for-profit restaurant and gallery space. The restaurant seeks to be a celebration of multicultural diversity in Sydney and work as closely as possible with local suppliers to ensure that the carbon footprint at Folonomo is kept to a minimum.
Treading the fine line between chic not-for-profit and overly earnest cottage cheese knitting, Folonomo manages to stay on the stylish side of ethical trading by pairing their locally sourced, organically produced menu with a gallery space devoted to artists from across Sydney’s many artistic hubs. This, along with Bourke Street’s Folonomo’s commitment to offering talks and classes for their soon-to-be army of fans, means that Surry Hills looks gets to ring the changes at Folonomo.
For those interested in the nitty-gritty of Folonomo’s charitable efforts, the team have resolved to split 100% of their profits (after all debts have been cleared, naturally) between two not-for-profit organisations. The first to be chosen by the staff, and the second voted for by their customers. Surry Hill’s chic, tattooed and fabulous are sure to flock to Folonomo in search of a dining experience they can feel good about, art they can connect with and a philosophy they can get behind. As the world moves relentlessly in the direction of pure profiteering, Folonomo on Bourke Street is a moment of respite for Sydney’s in-the-know locals and visitors alike.
Such a great dining experience, as the food is wholesome and delicious coupled with friendly service. I love the place and can't wait to return.
We had a lovely night at Folonomo. The food was super tasty, the staff extremely friendly and attentive, and the ambience was great. We will be back!
Lovely, attentive staff. Food was fantastic at a good price point. Lovely ambience and not too loud when full. Good wine and cocktail list. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.