Star Grazing

This year’s Crave Festival has more listings than a Yellow Pages Directory.  You may find yourself drowning in chowing options, running across Sydney for your feast fix, or camping overnight to secure prime position at the Noodle market. Skip the stress – here’s our guide to one place that makes it all easy for you.

There’s something magical about a place that revolves around you (as the world should). Everything is a Jimmy Choo heel step away at The Star, and with The Darling on hand to amp up the swank factor, there’s something for every food fetish.

If you’re a savvy shopper, who better than Chase Kojima to help tell your Trevallys from your Tunas at the Fish Markets.  Hop back to Sokyo and turn your market buys into a sushi lunch (To Market To Market, 27th Oct). Prefer Private dining only darling? Go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with Chase in the private dining rooms (Omakase/Trust The Chef, 4th Oct).

Can’t decide to go red or put it all on ‘Black’? You’ll love the chance to see Teage Ezard’s Melbourne and Sydney worlds collide as he brings his chefs from Gingerboy to create a dynamic menue worthy of his two hats (Two Hats, 3rd Oct) or check out why glacial H2O is the magic ingredient with backstage passes to his kitchen and dinner (Inside Teage’s Kitchen, 10 Oct).

Go all our with a ‘Desperate Housewives’ style progressive dinner of them all! It’s worth it just to get into Momofuku and bypass the Mensa style 20-stage booking process. Throw in signature restaurants such as Sokyo, Balla and BLACK and it will be a cracker of a night (Star Grazing, Thursday’s Oct). If you’re lusting after comfort food then loosen your skinny jeans for Sunday Roast with all the trimmings (Bistro 80, Sundays Oct). 

If Italy is calling, make a date with Stefano Manfredi at pretty Balla. Tuesday to Friday you can teleport yourself to Milan with a duo of dishes for $38. Those of a literary persuasion can combine their passions when bestselling author Tessa Kiros joins for a night of inspiration (Tessa Kiros at Balla: 8 Oct).

For those who think that ‘Eating is Cheating’ drinks n canapé options can be had at Sokyo, Rock Lilly and Black where Michael (finalist in the 2012 National World Class Cocktail Challenge) is gonna be shaking his thang with a Bitter Mexican. At only $20 and no bookings, it’s the best cocktail crawl in town.

The Star
Address: 80 Pyrmont Steet, Pyrmont
For bookings: 1800 700 700

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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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