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Every Sunday the Imperial will be celebrating the spectacular spectrum of the LGBTQI+ community with the arrival of its new party, Explore Yourself. They'll be opening up every level of the venue and filling it with fab performers, great beats, expressive spaces, drink specials, and most importantly giving attendees the chance to celebrate themselves. It all kicks off at noon on the Imperial's fresh new rooftop, with jugs of fruity cocktails and epic long format DJs sets that'll get you warmed up for the evening. Local favourite DJ Dan Murphy will be hopping behind the decks from 3pm, and a venue-wide happy hour kicks off at 5pm with $20 cocktail jugs, $12 jugs of beer and $25 bottles of house wine. It's then time to lip sync for your life with Lip Sync Heroes. If you think you've got the chops you can hop up on stage and belt out a tune, with fairy drag mother Farren Heit on hosting duties. You're also encouraged to tip the performers with the Imperial's own fab currency 'Mitzi Moolah', which you'll receive with drink purchases. Drag'n'Dine will be running as usual also, so you can fuel up on a delicious meal and get ready to dance the night away. You'll also find $12 Espresso Martinis from 10pm until midnight, and a temporary art exhibition by illustrator LukeJohnMatthewArnold, whose bright prints will pop up in celebration of marriage equality until the end of August.
Any luxurious evening should start with a glass of Champagne. At the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour’s Champagne Bar, they’re dedicated to upholding this principle. This winter, they’re offering a special menu to accompany the king of respectable apéritifs: a glass of Veuve Clicquot. There’s two delectable dishes on the Veuve Clicquot Aperitif menu to pair with your sparkling refreshment. The first is a serve of pickled oysters, sweetened by a generous dose of sake. A cucumber granita adds a burst of summer vitality, countered by the warming spiced apple foam and tied together with flying fish caviar. If you’ve been dreaming about a creamy fromage accompaniment, you’ll want to try the burrata. This Italian buffalo milk cheese is like a softer, silkier version of mozzarella, and comes spiced with a peppery mix of dukkah alongside zesty preserved lemon. Blood orange adds a little punch and sweet peas balance the acidity of the dish. Designed by the Sofitel’s executive chef, either of these exciting menu items, paired with a glass of Veuve Clicquot, could be yours for $39 each. So if you’d like to watch the sparkling harbour lights reflect off the water while you dine from a warm corner of the bar, visit Champagne Bar before August 31. Enjoy these winter offerings from 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 3pm Friday and Saturday.
After winning a glittering array of international awards on Broadway, the West End, Europe and Asia, Simon Phillips' spectacular production Priscilla Queen of the Desert – The Musical has returned to Sydney’s Capitol Theatre for its 10th anniversary celebration tour. Olivier and Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon is back in the driving seat as Bernadette, the role he originated in the Australian premiere production and one he has played for over 1900 shows. By his side with feather boas at the ready are David Harris (Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon) as Tick and Euan Doidge (Les Misérables, Kinky Boots) as Felicia. Don't miss the bus! Priscilla must leave the Capitol Theatre by July 21. Book your tickets through the Priscilla website or via Ticketmaster. Want to know what to expect at the show? Have a read of Time Out's review of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical.
Black Bar & Grill is a great place to go for a classic steak dinner in Sydney. But did you know that Black Bar has a bar menu that changes every three months? Servings here are substantial and very reasonably priced, making it a great option for a quick meal before enjoying the rest of your night at The Star. The current menu has Lebanese accents, inspired by the heritage of executive chef Dany Karam. For instance, melt-in-your-mouth charcoal grilled chicken and beef shawarma skewers arrive at the table served on smoky hot coals. Wagyu beef sliders, charcuterie boards and Wagyu MBS8+ beef jerky are other highlights. While you're at it, take advantage of the encyclopaedic wine list and a cocktail range comprising classics and Black Bar signatures such as the Gin & Tea – Earl Grey infused Bombay Sapphire, lemon, egg white, sugar and mandarin purée. Make Black Bar your next destination to meet up, eat, drink and relax this winter. Photograph: Supplied
It's time to up your weekend long lunch game this winter at The Star. Black Bar & Grill is doing a seriously special seafood spread, matched with a two hour package of Moet and Chandon. Knock back briny Sydney rock oysters from Pambula on the south coast of NSW, Hiramasa kingfish, Hervey Bay scallops with Yarra Valley salmon roe, eastern rock lobster, king prawns and spanner crab from Fraser Island. The feast will cost $140 per person with matched Champagne for two hours, or you can enjoy the seafood selection only for $85 per person. Add in panoramic views of the ocean, luxurious surrounds and the freshest seafood Australia has to offer, and you've got a lovely lunch out. Find out more about seafood and Champagne at The Star.
It's time to warm up your Wednesday evening by heading down the Kingsley's. The Woolloomooloo wharfside restaurant will be dishing out a perfectly matched three-course menu, which showcases some of the restaurant's best dishes paired with a series of fine whiskies. Start with a half dozen oysters Kilpatrick or with chilli and coriander, matched with a glass of Talisker ten-year-old single malt. The main event is all about firing up a perfectly cooked steak, enjoy a rib eye fillet served with red wine jus, and an Ardbeg 10 year old single malt to complement it. Finally, you will end the night with a rich dark chocolate ganache or a serve of fourme d'Ambert blue cheese, paired with Glenmorangie nector dór 12 year old single malt. The three course, three whiskey flight experience is available every Wednesday night for $85 per person. Find out more about Perfect Match Wednesdays at Kingsley's.
Whether you’re convinced of their aphrodisiac qualities or simply won over by any date ready to fork out the cash for an earthy infusion of truffles, these fabulous fungi have probably stolen your heart. In celebration of truffle season here in Australia, the Winery is hosting a week of lunches and dinners dedicated to this diva of the mushroom world from July 23-29. For the Bring Me Truffle menu, guests will share three courses starring the subterranean delicacy for $75 each and can pair the meal with wines for $45 per person. Designed for sharing between two or more, the menu begins with flavour sensations like the smooth buffalo ricotta, drizzled with a powerful truffle honey and contrasted with a crunch of walnuts and grilled bread. A glass of the Truffle Hound nebbiolo will be right at home beside this and other entrées. You'll get to try both the lamb and the raviolo of chicken for the larger course, but don’t neglect the cheesy truffle fries. For a citrusy, mouth-filling finish, try the paired chardonnay, or go with Fontanabioanca Barbera d’Alba for a mineral-heavy red that’s lightened with stone fruits. Ending on a sweet note is mandatory, even for a truffle-based feast. But the churros with chocolate sauce wouldn’t be complete without an addition of truffle ice cream, matched with a dessert cocktail or sticky semillon. Book in for the Bring Me Truffle menu for lunch (noon-3pm) or dinner (6-9pm) via the Winery's website.
Forks at the ready, Sydney: the Time Out Food Awards are returning. Join us at 12-Micron on Monday August 27 as we toast the city’s best restaurants, top chefs and rising stars of the food scene. Expect delicious drinks and canapés, sweet tunes and all the suspense of the awards, as we give back to those venues that make feasting in Sydney superb. Tickets are $70 + BF and include food, drink, fun and a copy of the annual Time Out Food Awards issue, hot off the presses. Our list of 2018 nominees will be published soon. For a taste of last year's action, check out our 2017 winners. Got strong opinions on Sydney's dining scene? Then you should vote for your favourite restaurant in the People's Choice award. These awards are made possible thanks to our sponsors Starward Whisky, Gage Roads Brewing and Impos. Powered by Eventbrite In association with
Going to see The Book of Mormon? Then why not make your evening complete with a fabulous meal at Momofuku Seiobo, Balla or Black Bar & Grill? The Star’s premium restaurants are offering special menus designed for theatre-goers who need to get into the Lyric Theatre in time for curtain up. It’s a great, memorable meal for people in a hurry. Be sure to book ahead online. The Star practises the responsible service of alcohol. Photograph: Supplied Momofuku Seiobo The first restaurant to be opened outside of New York City by global food icon David Chang, Momofuku Seiobo is a showcase for the skills of chef Paul Carmichael, who draws upon his Caribbean heritage and the bounty of Australian ingredients. Momofuku is normally a full-tasting-menu-only proposition at $185 (worth every cent) that takes two hours to get through. But for theatre patrons the Pre-Theatre Menu, offered Tuesday to Saturday, is a four-course affair for $115 per head, seating at 6pm and getting you out by 7.30pm. Indeed, the Pre-Theatre Menu is a great way to experience one of the city’s best restaurants at a lower price point. Photograph: Supplied Black Bar & Grill One of the top steakhouses in town, Black Bar & Grill is where chef Dany Karam smokes premium cuts over cherry wood before grilling them over ironbark coals. The pre-theatre menu offers a selection from the contemporary Australian grill menu and comes with an option of a two- ($70) or a three-course meal ($80). Starters include oyster
“If I can’t have too many truffles,” the French writer Colette was famous for saying, “then I’ll go without truffles.” And there are plenty of fans who agree with the author of Gigi that the subterranean Ascomycete fungus is the height of gastronomic pleasure. To celebrate truffles coming into season here in Australia, The Star is offering unique Truffle Menus at Sokyo, Balla and Black Bar & Grill, available from June 12 to August 5. The three restaurants will be using truffles from Manjimup (WA), Terra Preta Organic Truffles (NSW) and Tasmanian Truffles (Tas). Featuring in everything from tagliatelle to ice-cream, the delicious, headily aromatic morsels add something truly special to seasonal menus. If you’re a truffle aficionado on a par with Colette, then you’ll be pleased to hear that each restaurant is also holding a one-night-only premium Truffle Dinner with sommelier-picked matching wines. Truffles at Sokyo Chef Chase Kojima has added three truffle creations to his menu. Chase Toro Toro ($22) brings bluefin tuna, sea urchin and black truffle together in a perfect sushi storm. Spanner crab chawanmushi, parmesan and truffle ($36) is a Japanese-style egg custard with a flavour blast of truffles and parmesan. And for the princely sum of $250, Wagyu Scotch fillet is cooked over Japanese binchotan charcoal and served with delicately balanced karashi and lime butter, with shaved fresh truffles taking this melt-in-the-mouth experience to another dimension. These taste