Now that we have your attention with Sokyo’s infamous bubble cocktail! Welcome to Monday Munchies, the very infrequent food news segment on Man of Many featuring everything you should know about food happenings around Australia. This week we’re highlighting the race that stops the nation – The Melbourne Cup – with a list of venues that you and your work colleagues, friends, and foodies need to check out. We’re also breaking down a little food and restaurant news with some spots that you’ll want to add to your list. Let’s check it out.
Enjoy Melbourne Cup wharf side this year with Il Pontile. The race that stops the nation is best enjoyed by the water with a glass of Champagne, Italian food, and friends. The festivities are set to kick off at 12 pm, Tuesday 2nd November and the Louis Roederer Champagne will be flowing shortly after with a complimentary glass on arrival. After settling in, guests will be ready to sit back and enjoy an exclusively designed 4-course set menu courtesy of head chef Mario Percuoco.
Address: S2/6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
Price: $190pp, including Champagne on arrival.
Bookings: 1800 517 203, [email protected]
China Diner Double Bay
China Diner Double Bay is inviting guests to indulge in a 2-hour food and beverage package for $95 per head to celebrate Australia’s most famous annual Thoroughbred horse race. The package includes a choice of unlimited Prosecco, Rose, Pinot Grigio, Shiraz-Cabernet or Draft Beer. For those who’ve been saving an outfit for a special occasion, now is the time to get it out, as China Diner will be giving away 2x $100 gift vouchers for the two best dressed on the day. In addition to screening the race on their big screens, China Diner will be running a sweep! Guests simply need to frock up and have fun.
- 2-hour food & drink package, screens, sweep and best-dressed competition.
- Reservation required. Available Lunch Only. Limited spaces are available.
There’s nothing quite like a long boozy office lunch with the team, which is why the team at District Brasserie are inviting guests to dust off their suits and dig out their fascinators and enjoy a long lunch to celebrate Melbourne Cup on Tuesday 2nd November. Guests will be greeted with Champagne on arrival before moving on to a seated, four-course lunch. The race action broadcasted live, plus entertainment and door prizes.
Price: $140pp includes a four-course lunch and glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne upon arrival
David Thompson’s Sydney Thai outpost, Long Chim is putting on an exceptional 11 dish set menu for Melbourne Cup $99pp with an optional bottomless drinks package on 2 November from 11:30 am. The menu features favourite classics and seasonal treats, including deep-fried pink ling fish with flavoured sauce, soft shell crab & green mango salad and lamb ribs gorlae with garlic cumin coconut cream.
Price: $99pp including 11 dish set menu
Coogee Wine Room
Coogee Wine Room is inviting guests to dig out their fanciest dresses and enjoy a decadent four-course set menu to celebrate Melbourne Cup. The lunch package begins with oysters upon arrival and a glass of Champagne, followed by a 4-course set menu. They will be offering sweepstakes, best-dressed competitions and prizes on the day as they screen the race.
Price: $125pp with glass of Champagne + Sydney Rock Oysters on arrival + optional 2hr beverage package for $89
Hours: from 12pm – 4pm.
The Pacific Club Bondi Beach
Located across from Sydney’s favourite beach, The Pacific Club is the ideal spot to celebrate Melbourne Cup. Guests will start with a glass of bubbles, before settling into their 4-course set menu. In addition to the Melbourne Cup festivities (race being aired, sweeps, best-dressed prizes), there will be a live DJ providing beats to ensure the party transcends into the evening.
This year, I Maccheroni will be running a special Melbourne Cup Day deal which includes a glass of Apogee Tasmanian Sparkling from Andew Pirie Apogee paired with freshly shucked oysters and finger lime caviar, before setting in for their Italian inspired fiesta. The menu includes a selection from their à la carte offering, showcasing authentic Italian flavour with a modern approach.
Price: $140pp (groups 4+)
Gotcha Halloween Collection
What: Gotcha Fresh Tea’s limited edition Halloween collection, FIVE spooky teas!
When: From 28th of October until Sunday 31st of October 2021.
Where: In-store and on delivery apps nationwide.
If you haven’t got yourself around a Gotcha fresh tea yet you’re seriously missing out. We’re big fans of the classic brown sugar milk tea with pearls, and the Halloween limited edition collection is looking to take things to the next level. Flavour profiles are simply next level, including;
- Candy Apple Green Tea (sweet apple with jasmine green tea with a topping of white pearls).
- Jack’o lantern inspired sweet Pumpkin Boom Fresh Milk (pumpkin and sweet potato topped with fresh milk).
- WinterLemon Macchiato (wintermelon and lemon flavoured tea with cheese foam).
- WinterLemon Juice (wintermelon and lemon flavoured tea).
- Kumquat Plum Green Tea (kumquat and plum flavour with jasmine green tea).
Bubble tea fans will be able to order Gotcha’s Limited Edition Halloween range in-store and on delivery apps nationwide!
Sokyo Enters a New Era
Famed for its creative take on modern Japanese cuisine, Sokyo has entered a new era. We’re talking about a new menu, sensational new brunch experience, and even a new look. Putting lockdowns behind them, Sokyo is celebrating the best of both traditional Japan and modern Sydney. Shaped and guided by Executive Chef Chase Kojima, Sokyo’s new look has been designed with a post-pandemic Sydney in mind, great precision and creativity ensuring that the menu, space and service provide Sydneysiders with an unforgettable dining experience.
Historically dark and moody, the new Sokyo space is softer, more spacious, with intimate lighting and a focus on spotlighting the kitchen. The designers have also collaborated with local calligraphy artist Tomoko Oka to design a modern take on the traditional Japanese art that adorns the walls, menus and tablescapes, and reflects the art and ritual ethos.
A new refined menu complements the space, featuring beloved Sokyo classics like the ‘Dengakuman Miso Glazed Toothfish with Japanese salsa & pickled cucumber’ and the ‘Kingfish Miso Ceviche – Green chilli, crispy potato, miso ceviche’ alongside an array of dishes that hero Kojima’s signature method of blending unusual textures and tastes such as the ‘Ocean trout tartare with mustard miso, red onion, chives, nori cracker’, ‘Baby corn tempura with spicy corn jam and nori salt’ and ‘Hokkaido scallop ravioli, with scampi butter, wakame, menma & yuzu foam’ – *mouth-watering intensifies*.
Early morning risers and guests of The Darling have something to be excited about with a revamped breakfast menu available daily for diners to start their day. Take the Chilli Crab Omelette, Mushroom Toast or the range of signature matcha and yuzu-infused pastries. There’s even a few unique Tokyo-inspired takes on some of Sydney’s favourite brunch classics such as Yuzulini – a Bellini-style cocktail made with yuzu marmalade and prosecco, a Sake Bloody Mary Bar and an Umeshu Spritz, brunch-goers will also be able to enjoy an a la carte menu of Sokyo’s signature breakfast items.
Located in: The Star Sydney
Address: Level G, The Darling The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Hours: Mon 12am-3pm, 5-10pm, Tue-Thur 7-10am, 5-10pm, Fri-Sat 7-10am, 12-3pm, 5-11pm, Sun 7-10am, 5-10pm, 11pm-12am