Champagne weekends & Truffle month at The Star

Pan fried snapper

Did someone say champagne? Yes please! Whilst the number of champagne brunches has increased in bigger numbers than women seeking Matt Agnew’s heart on The Batchelor, many turn out to be bubble fluff rather than the real stuff. Combine that with the other most decadent culinary sensation…truffles and we are in for a whole lot of fun.   Here’s our quick guide to what’s on:

Truffle Month – Flying Fish (also at Black Bar, Sokyo and Fat Noodle )

Flying Fish

Taking over the old site of Balla, Flying Fish looks resplendent. The all glass restaurant has been turned into a gleaming jewelry shop of fresh seafood gems languishing on ice; inky black marron, Balmain bugs and tiger prawns whilst polished pebbles harbour jars of caviar and a freshly carved tuna which easily be a work of art displayed at MCA. Start with a perfect circle of enriched rice in a puddle of mirin topped with marinated diced tuna, shavings of truffle and pine nuts. Four amber orbs of tortelloni are filled with Moreton bay bugs rounded out with seafood butter. However, its the Braidwood truffle butter with West Australian marron which is the showgirl – black shells and wavy arms have transformed to glamorous red with lashings of truffle. By comparison the mains are more grown up; a beautiful fillet of mackerel is paired with red curry and a juicy coconut bread roll. The snapper fillet with jerusalem artichoke provides a lighter balance especially if your pair it with creamed corn and miso butter. If you need a hug in a bowl, opt for the gingerbread pudding, its proof that good things are worth waiting for – its golden crust begging for a drizzle of apple caramel and a scoop of crème fresh. Service is first class, just without the cost of that upgrade!
Dates: Now until 31st August
The Star Truffle Month

Champagne Weekends – Flying Fish ,Black Bar, Sokyo

We are so worth it right? We have done our research and this is the best deal in town. Its $65 for two hours of endless pour champagne.  Damn straight. At Flying Fish their champagne house of choice is Moet & Chandon. We put them to the test and at no point were our glasses empty, in fact we had to keep an eye on their generosity and pace ourselves.  Hands down best experience. If you prefer NV Perrier-Jouet (Grand Brut or Rose) book Black Bar or if you like Verve Clicqout then Sokyo is your bet.
Dates: Now until 14th September

Champagne, Truffle & Snuffle – Suite Dreams|
OK so you have had champagne, lots of great food and really don’t want to Uber it. Why not stay? It’s tempting with 35% off suite accommodation. We are a bit of a sucker for The Darling with its rooftop pool and spa, but you can chose from The Star Grand Hotel or Residences

About the author

Karen’s corporate job back in the UK had included entertaining clients in some of the best restaurants. This ultimately sparked a curiosity 'Just how do they do that?' (she confesses she was brought up on meat and vegetables, so this was all very exciting). Currently a Mr & Mrs Smith 'Tastemaker', she’s flashpacked around the world, learning about wine, experiencing different cultures and cuisines and had a two- year love affair with it all. Originally from England, she finally settled in Australia and continues to be besotted by food, wine and travel preferring to focus on the luxury end of town (thread count does matter).


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