It’s no secret that Star City is undergoing impressive redevelopment and expansion to relaunch as The Star with spanking new retail and dining facilities. Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend their glamorous cocktail party with about 300 other lucky guests as they launched the latest batch of restaurants soon to open at the revamped venue.
A small taste of what will be on offer was showcased to everyone from the culinary elite to food aficionados alike. The complex will become home to David Chang’s Momofuku Seiobo, Melbourne’s Teage Ezard’s BLACK, Sokyo from New York’s Chase Kojima and our own, Stefano Manfredi’s Balla. This internationally acclaimed line-up of chefs not only revealed the names of their new ventures, but also the vision behind the restaurants, signature dishes and stunning interiors.
As I roamed around the party chatting to other guests, I spotted ‘The Godfather’ of Italo-Australian cooking – Stefano Manfredi, who had just enough time to stop for a quick chat. He informed me about his new flagship restaurant, which will face out over the new main entrance and provide guests with impressive harbour views. I can’t wait to go there for dinner. He is a fabulous chef!
The French champagne continued to flow throughout the night, and the delectable array of food kept coming. As I sipped at my bubbly and nibbled away, I attained a unique insight into the high-quality produce, and creative dishes that are sure to grace the menus at these exciting new restaurants at The Star.
Maureen de Groot