Getting the most of out Sydney Festival is hungry work, so we’ve partnered with Gourmet Traveler and top restaurants located near our venues to satisfy your Festival appetite.
Like a well-paired wine with dinner, these restaurants are sure to perfectly complement your Sydney Festival experience.
How better to whet your palette for the vibrance, spectacle and quirkiness of Meow Meow than with the playful offerings of famed Sydney eatery, Red Lantern?
Red Lantern’s take on traditional Vietnamese food may look delicate, but it packs a punch – a bit like the cabaret diva herself. Combining the nostalgic flavours of Indochina with the personal quirkiness of the Nguyen family, Red Lantern’s spicy and creative $55 meal and wine deal is the perfect pre-Festival fuel for a raucous night of showtunes and spectacle.
Be sure to leave time for a glamorous cocktail creation from Red Lily Cocktail Bar before the show. For a dash of Burlesque, try out the Delta Breeze, a refreshing blend of tequila, honey, vanilla and a dash of Burlesque Bitters topped with ruby red grapefruit juice and shaken with mint. What’s more, there’s only a short stroll between dinner and Meow Meow herself.
Serving up hearty Mediterranean and Lebanese fare, El-Phoenician’s offerings are generous and made to share. Inspired by traditional Lebanese hospitality, heritage and indulgence are top priorities. For a pre-show dinner, you can’t go past their $30 deal which includes a platter heaped with dips, tabouli, mezze, yummy skewers and more. Book in, sit back and watch your table flood with a visual and literal feast.
CHEFS GALLERY TOWN HALL/ MERITON FESTIVAL VILLAGE
Whether you’re heading to Meriton Festival Village for a big day out with the family, or a late-night show with friends, Chefs Gallery at Town Hall is the perfect place for groups to gather before heading in to the Village.
A contemporary Chinese kitchen, at Chefs Gallery food becomes art and cooking is a performance. Sit kitchen-side and watch chefs hand pull noodles, fold dumplings, toss woks and plate up the delicate offerings that will soon appear on the table in front of you. But it’s not just a performance, the food delivers too.
Steeped in the history of Chinese culinary history, the $30 four-course menu deal celebrates the textures, aromas, techniques and flavours of China’s four principal cuisines. There are no heavy hands in sight: restraint and balance reflect the care that is given to each dish that comes out of the kitchen. The best part? This edible art won’t set you back.
You’ll be having yourself a Mexican fiesta with this food/gig combination. Seven-piece musical ensemble Mexrrissey can turn even the tunes of famed Mancunian miserabilist Morrissey into a good time when they bring their Latin rhythms and Spanish croons to the stage at the Enmore Theatre. Get into the Mexican spirit with a generous $55 nine-course banquet from one of Australia’s finest market-to-table Mexican eateries, Méjico. Like lemon, salt, and tequila, some things just go together naturally for a good night out.
Elegance meets innovation in this pairing of fine food and art. Set in a picturesque pocket of Rose Bay with water views on three sides, REGATTA combines Monte Carlo style with fine contemporary fare, making it the perfect place to catch up with friends for an exquisite $30 Fast Festival Feast before heading to Vaucluse House Gardens for the special Sydney Festival installation of Pleasure Garden. Weaving together music and environmental sounds in one of Sydney most beautiful outdoor spaces, Pleasure Garden transforms the garden into a place of musical play, repose and delight. This is a tranquil pairing for curious souls.
FAST FESTIVAL FEASTS
Each year Sydney Festival is delighted to partner with Gourmet Traveler to bring Festival-goers a range of $30, $55 and á la carte Fast Festival Feasts at some of Sydney’s top dining venues. Visit our website for the full list of participating restaurants, or pick up the December issue of Gourmet Traveller for a free guide to all our Fast Festival Feast deals.