Spring is looking to be an incredibly classy culinary adventure in Pyrmont. Boasting several of Sydney's most acclaimed restaurants, the dining precinct at The Star has planned some pretty big chef collaborations, customised cocktails, wine pairings and gourmet cuisine crossovers, alongside live jazz and — magic performances. Here are a few of the must-eat food experiences.
WHISKY, JAZZ AND JAPANESE APERITIVO AT SOKYO
Sit back with a whisky sour, an old-fashioned or a highball made from legendary Japanese whisky distillers Suntory — Sokyo brings in live music for one very laid-back Wednesday night on October 11. Complete with whisky cocktails, Japanese snacks and canapés, you'll indulge in one of Sydney's highest-awarded, contemporary Japanese restaurant with a backdrop of live jazz and a DJ set.
There will be four snack stations offering the best in Japanese bar snacks, including pork katsu sandwiches. chicken yakitori don, tuna nigiri sushi and mini goma with mochi.
Award-winning food journalist, TV personality and cravat connoisseur Matt Preston will be your host for the ultimate whisky-paired dinner. With chef Dany Karam of BLACK, Preston will discuss the delicate flavours in the relationship between food and whisky. Each dish will be served with an exclusive Johnnie Walker blend, all of which have been dished up to perfectly complement the whisky's subtle and diverse tones.
Karam collaborates once again with some culinary talent from Melbourne, as one of Australia's most innovative chefs, Scott Pickett of Estelle, heads north to collaborate with the BLACK chef.
The menu puts a contemporary spin on Australian, Italian and French cuisine and comes paired with Australian and French wines. You can expect smoked wallaby, whipped cod's roe, Flinder's Island lamb and smoked pork, along with other fascinating dishes, paired with rosé, riesling and Loire Valley Sancerre.
Tender Stories will be held on Wednesday, October 25. $187-193 per person.
AN ITALIAN AFFAIR WITH LUMI BAR & DINING AT BALLA
Two of Sydney's foremost Italian chefs are joining forces to bring what might be one of the most Italian feasts in Sydney. Head chef of Pyrmont's LuMi Bar & Dining Federico Zanellato is crossing the road to collaborate with Balla's Gabriele Taddeucci for a four-course meal paired with Italian wines.
In this elaborate meal you can expect slightly obscure Italian delicacies such as milk-braised salted cod, zucchini-flower stuffed rabbit, squid ink risotto and layered custard chocolate cake.
Head to The Star this spring for some stellar food and drink events. BLACK Bar & Grill has unveiled its Black Magic Menu, with specially-designed cocktails and performances by an in-house magician every night until November 12, and Balla celebrates seafood with a gourmet, three-course lunch menu featuring seasonal produce over a vista of the harbour, every weekday from 12–2:30pm until November 10.