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Written by Jo Hombsch
New South Wales
Natural Wine Bar, Bar heather opens in Byron Bay
Bar Heather a new Parisian-inspired, natural wine-focused Restaurant and Bar from the team across the street at Luna Wine Store. Located in the heart of Byron Bay on Jonson St, Bar Heather will be dishing out a snack-heavy, wine-friendly menu that chef Ollie Wong-Hee (previously Ester, Sixpenny and Franklin) has drawn inspiration from his past restaurant experience with a strong focus on local produce sourced in tight coordination from the best organic suppliers the Northern Rivers has to offer.
New York’s Eleven Madison comes to Sydney for a one-night-only pop-up with Glenfiddich
Glenfiddich is joining forces with Eleven Madison Park and Maybe Sammy this January. The three world-awarded brands will come together for one night only in Sydney, with a pop-up bar that will unleash their maverick spirit through a bespoke cocktail menu for a special, once-in-a-lifetime experience on Wednesday, January 18th.
Three chefs combine for a one-off dinner at Lana
Alex Wong (Head Chef, Lana), Andrianto Wirya (Head Chef, Queen Chow Manly) and Arnold Wong (Chef, Café Paci) – are combining more than their initials for a one-off dinner at Lana this January. The menu, a collaborative effort highlighting their Asian heritage and culinary experiences, dances from Chinese and Vietnamese influences (Alex Wong) to Indonesian (Andrianto Wirya) and Cantonese (Arnold Wong) with a dash of Italian to tie it together. The AW3 chef collab dinner will take place at Lana on January 17, bookings here.
The Rover unveils British seafood-bistro dining experience upstairs
After reopening its doors in March, Surry Hills’ fixture, The Rover, reveals the final phase of inspired reinvigoration – a British-inspired seafood bistro upstairs. The restaurant will serve a coastal menu delivered with the all-are-welcome warmth and neighbourhood charm The Rover is renowned for. Executive Chef Pip Pratt, who has drawn on his childhood in the UK to create the menu, with the menu boosting a daily haul of three crustaceans such as a whole scampi, yabby and jumbo prawns. Gently poached and served cold, the seafood will be accompanied by dressings of wakame mayo, Marie Rose and hot butter sauce which can be ordered individually or as a delectable trio.
‘Summer Of Margs’ at North Bondi Fish
Summer is the season of longer days, warmer nights and endless margaritas. North Bondi Fish is ready for a party season bigger and better than ever with the launch of their ‘Summer of Margs’ on January 1, 2023. As the name suggests, ‘Summer of Margs’ is all about soaking in the season with a refreshing cocktail in hand. As part of the campaign, North Bondi Fish is partnering with Patrón Tequila to serve up the best margs and mezcals. ‘Summer of Margs’ runs from 1st January to 28th February 2023.
St Siandra brings a slice of Amalfi to Sydney
New waterfront restaurant, St Siandra to open on Sydney’s North Shore at The Spit in Mosman next month. Head Chef Sam McCallum, formerly of two-hatted Nomad restaurant, is bringing his signature Mediterranean flavours to the new multi-level beachfront restaurant, bar and events venue, set on a private white-sand beach overlooking turquoise waters and luxury yachts of nextdoor Middle Harbour Yacht Club.
So Frenchy So Chic returns with a full French line-up
So Frenchy So Chic, Australia’s favourite celebration of French culture, will return for a 12th year in 2023, to Melbourne’s Werribee Mansion on 15 January and Sydney’s Bicentennial Park on 21 January.The only French music festival of its kind outside of France, SFSC is a unique social and sensory experience of live music, gourmet food, fine wine, and joie de vivre on tap, channeling pure Euro-summer escapism without the plane ticket.
Bake Bar Opens in Paddington
Bake Bar opens it’s 6th store in Paddington, the popular bakery will house all of Bake Bar’s renowned and legendary artisan breads, pastries, cakes and menu items. Specialising in gluten-free, charcoal and artisan sourdough breads, pastries, cakes and menu items, Bake Bar is a favourite across Sydney’s eastern suburbs with established stores in Double Bay, Rose Bay, Randwick and Darlinghurst.
Luxury hotel The Royce Opens in Melbourne CBD
February 16th will see the grand re-opening of luxury hotel The Royce, following a two year-long complete refurbishment. Located on the border of Melbourne’s CBD and the leafy suburb of South Yarra, just a short walk from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Albert Park and National Gallery of Victoria, the boutique hotel intends to bring the golden age of hospitality back to the city, where service will be led with discretion, indulgence will be encouraged, and opulence will be expected.
Aurora’s State-Of-The-Art Bathhouse
European-style bathhouse at Aurora Spa & Bathhouse has opened it’s doors in Sorrento. The expansive 500m2 the all-weather bathing experience – celebrates the healing power of water. Guests can explore the subterranean space at their leisure or follow Aurora’s Bathing Ritual – a ten-step immersive bathing journey with a circuit of hot and cold experiences designed for optimal wellbeing and featuring hydro massage elements, and magnesium mineral rich waters. Notably, it also has one of the largest saunas in the southern hemisphere, as well as a custom-made and first of its kind, ‘Glacial Mist Room’.
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