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Seafood and Champagne weekends
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.
Sokyo Lounge is your new winter hangout
Sokyo in The Star has a deserved reputation as a top Japanese restaurant, but did you know the adjoining Sokyo Lounge is a relaxed yet chic place for an after-work catch up that comes with the promise of crazy-good bar snacks? A refined menu is available on the bar top offering Sokyo favourites that pair perfectly with a cocktail or two: maguro tataki, kingfish miso ceviche, cuttlefish or red snapper tempura, and tuna crispy rice. There are also skewers of juicy, tender Wagyu tri-tip glazed with a teriyaki sauce. Sokyo’s à la carte menu is available throughout the remainder of the lounge.Photograph: Supplied Your food can be matched to your selection of wine, beer, sake and cocktails. There are many Japanese single malts to try, and an extensive range of sake, shochu and uemeshu. From the cocktail list, a Chasing Kojima combines Yuzu sake, pink grapefruit, lemongrass and elderflower, or you can make like Bill Murray with a Suntory Old Fashioned. Sokyo Lounge hosts DJs every Friday and Saturday, 7-11pm. Kicking back here in a velvet armchair with a little bowl of edamame and a cocktail is a sure-fire cure to the winter blues. Photograph: Supplied
Bastille Day at the Winery
The Winery Surry Hills is getting a French twist to celebrate Bastille Day, from Wednesday to Sunday, July 12-15. The venue is putting on an à la carte menu featuring Gallic classics and pairing them with a hand-picked selection of wines from the Rhône and Burgundy. On the entrée list, select from creamy mushroom velouté, buckwheat crêpe with salmon, Escargots de Bourgogne (snails baked in their shells with parsley butter), or lobster croquettes. There are three mains on offer. Ris de Veau à la Reine is lamb sweetbreads, morel mushroom, crème fraîche and puff pastry. French classic bouillabaisse comes bursting with mussels, prawn, whitefish, fennel, tomato and garlic croutons. And the popular steak frites is a 250g sirloin with Café de Paris butter, chips and jus. For dessert, they're planning a stunning hazelnut délice. The Winery's staff will be getting into the spirit of la fête nationale by dressing up in berets and stripey shirts. It's all the perfect excuse to round up the crew for a French food and wine experience without having to leave Surry Hills. Santé! Photograph: Oliver Minnett
Escape the cold with a staycation at The Darling or Astral
A little extra self-care come winter helps counteract the grinding cold and dark days. This chilly season, The Star is offering Sydney an extra warm cuddle, with winter deals across its three outstanding accommodation options The Darling, Astral Tower and Astral Residence. Until August 15, you’ll see a 35 per cent reduction on your stay in any suite or penthouse at these venues. During your stay, receive a complimentary glass of Moët & Chandon at The Star’s top restaurants, Sokyo, Balla or Black Bar & Grill. Book in for your free breakfast for two at Sokyo when you stay at The Darling, or at The Star’s gourmet buffet spot, Harvest Buffet, when you stay at Astral Tower or Astral Residence. Photograph: Supplied Stay at The Darling The spectacular panoramas of Darling Harbour and the city skyline from your window are just the cherry on top of staying at this five-star boutique hotel. Rooms at The Darling feature luxe furnishings and spacious designs across four suite options and penthouses. When you rustle up the energy to leave your rooms, head to The Darling’s pool, gym or spa to get you out of that winter slump. Then really make a weekend of it with breakfast, lunch or dinner at the adjoining Japanese restaurant, Sokyo. Photograph: Supplied Stay at Astral Tower After a recent refurbishment, Astral Tower offers a fresh take on classic luxury accommodation. Inside its four different suites and penthouses you’ll find elegantly designed features such as the floating st