Streets of Barangaroo: a Christmas gift guide

Barangaroo is named after a leader of the Cammeraygal people and wife of Kenneling of the Wangal people, ancestral elders of the First peoples. The transformation from a disused container terminal on the edge of Sydney’s CBD into a spectacular 22 hectare waterfront precinct will see the streets of Barangaroo come to life in an action packed stroll. A number of special menus, events and shopping experiences themed to the festive season will be taking place.

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Anason

Celebrate Christmas lunch by the water with a five-course feast at Anason in Barangaroo. Feast on a selection of Turkish mezes and sweet treats. Think pasha meze with creamy goat’s cheese and slivered pistachio; slow cooked octopus with curly peppers and heirloom tomatoes; and Ottoman donuts with pistachio ice cream.

When: Tuesday 25 December from 11.30am
Gift Ideas: $95pp for five-course (lunch)
Address: 5/23 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Bookings: anason.com.au

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Bel and Brio

Bel & Brio Bel & Brio is a food and wine-lovers’ emporium, with a marketplace, restaurant and cellar with over 2000 wines, headed up by Jon Osbeiston. For the festive season the team has the perfect collection of gifts to please everyone; wine for the connoisseur, cookbooks for mum, candles, cosmetics, and don’t forget the Italian fine food of course. Think handmade pasta, olive oils, truffle oils, chocolates and cheeses. Bel & Brio can also create bespoke hampers with the goodies of your choosing.

Gift Ideas: 2016 Head the Brunettes Shiraz $59, Ottolenghi: The Cookbook $50, Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Whisky $250, Staple Hamper $250, Tea-Mania Hamper $179, Indulgence Hamper $220
Website: www.belandbrio.com.au
Address: 300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

The Barber Shop

The Barber Shop is a continuation of the classic, premium brand created by award winning barman Mike Enright. The Balvenie Shave Experience is the ultimate grooming gift this Christmas – this includes a haircut, followed by a hot and cold towel shave with a Balvenie cocktail.

Gift Ideas: Mujle Shaving Kit $250, The Balvenie Shave Experience Gift Voucher $140
Website: http://thisisthebarbershop.com/
Address: 3, 33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Courses

Christmas Wreath Making with Flowers for Everyone:
Learn some handy skills directly from the experts just in time for the party season. Senior floral designers at Flowers for Everyone are here to work with you and lend a hand in creating your very own Christmas wreath. Enjoy a glass or two of prosecco as you practice your creative skills and master a beautifully bespoke design you can take home and show friends and family, just in time for the festive season.  Known for their farm fresh seasonal bouquets, indoor plant arrangements and a curated selection of ready-to-go gifts.

When: 12 December, 5.00 – 6.30pm, Gift Ideas: $40 pp=
Book tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2208100069449531/

Gift Ideas: Bellaberry I Love You Chocolate $11.95, Marble Pot with Succulent $39.95, Hampers from $150 – $195
Website: https://www.flowersforeveryone.com.au/contact/barangaroo-shop.shtml
Address: 6/3, Sussex St, Barangaroo

Devon cafe

A two-course set menu at Devon Barangaroo and Devon North Sydney is available the whole month of December. Feast on a selection of entrées including prawns with a tom yum mayo; chargrilled sourdough with olive oil and Christmas baked ham with beetroot and apple relish. Mains include a choice of roasted pork belly, pasta or the breakfast with sakumas.

Mon-Fi 7am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-4:30pm, public holidays 8am-3:30pm Bookings: devoncafe.com.au

Gift Ideas: $50pp for a two-course menu, bookings are essential, minimum of eight people.
Address: Shop 19, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

Whisky Making with Shirt Bar

Ever wanted to make your own whisky? Well this Masterclass is a must for you. With your very own blending kit, create a whisky just the way you like it! With the choice of 5 single malts of distinct flavour profiles (floral, fruity, creamy, citrus, & smokey), and under the guidance of a master blender, be tutored by the pros in the craftsmanship of blending your own perfect whisky.  Shirt Bar Shirt Bar successfully pairs perfect-fitting business shirts with coffee and dark spirits. Design your ideal shirt from scratch with a whisky or wine in hand for the ultimate tailor-made experience.

When: 17 December, 6.30 – 9.30pm, Gift Ideas: $65 pp (includes a cocktail on arrival, tasting of grain whisky & the 5 distinct single malts, and creating your own personalised whisky)
Book tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/224447418305685/

Gift Ideas: Cudworth Cufflinks $70, Ganton Floral Shirt $150, Bowtie $65, The Bespoke Corner Tailors Pocket Square $50
Website: https://shirtbar.com.au/
Address: 7, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Christmas Cocktails with Untied

Let the Untied cocktail experts show you how to shake, stir and whip up drool worthy drinks for your Christmas lunch. Make, drink and take-home recipes for three festive drinks at this fun and interactive masterclass. Get the inside knowledge on how to make the best cocktails without specialised equipment using everyday items, and show off your new skills anywhere, anytime. Package also includes some complimentary nibbles.

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When: 18 December, 5.30 – 7.00pm, Gift Ideas: $49 per person (includes 1 single shot cocktail, 2 double shot cocktails and shared plates of nibbles). Book tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/296946597619019/

The Butcher’s Block, Barangaroo

Several set menus have been created for Christmas. Enjoy a four-course menu designed by the team, starting with house drinks on arrival and wood fired flatbread with white bean hummus and chilli oil.  Entrées can include crispy Queensland calamari with black garlic aioli and lime; duck parfait with pancetta jam, house pickles and grilled sourdough; and seared khiramasa kingfish with charred witlof, pomelo lime and jalapeno dressing. Mains provide choice with the classic wagyu beef burger; panko chicken; pork ribs; pan roasted ocean trout or the BBQ swordfish loin. Dessert brings with it a traditional Christmas pudding that will give your nan a run for her money.

Gift Ideas: $102pp
Address: 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo
Bookings: http://butchersblockgroup.com.au/contact-us.html
Website: http://butchersblockgroup.com.au/

BELANCÉ BELANCÉ

A luxury men’s tailor and retail concept, combining the best international men’s lifestyle brands and a world-renowned made-to-measure service.

Gift Ideas: Baxter of California Water Pomade $32, Tommy Rough Tie $129, Von Routte Lyon Sneakers $240, Bang & Olufsen Portable Speakers $379 Website: https://www.belancetailoring.com/suits/
Address: Shop 1/3 Sussex Street, Barangaroo

Collector Store

Collector Store Collector Store combines fashion and home. Think Herbivore Botanicals for your bathroom routine, a Binchotan charcoal eye mask, cheese boards, tote bags, P.E. Nation activewear and more.

Gift Ideas: Herbivore Botanicals Jasmine Toner $60, Binchotan Charcoal Eye Mask $40, Redecker Dry Massage Brush $15, Hunter Lab Pinot Grape Skin Bath Soak $54, P.E. Nation Forecourt Crop Top $129, Becksondergaard Lauren Bag $279.95
Website: https://www.collectorstore.com.au/
Address: Shop 13/T2, Shipwright Walk, Barangaroo

Born by Tapavino

Born by Tapavino presents a Spanish feast and banquet set menu featuring marinated olives, croquettes del dia and Serrano jamon with spiced cherries, goats curd and mint; to seared scallops, sweet corn puree and fennel.

Gift Ideas: $80pp
Address: 9/23 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Bookings: bookings@borntapavino.com.au
Website: https://www.tapavinobarangaroo.com/

Title Store

TITLE store is Australia’s largest independent retail collection of music, books and film, all under the one roof.

Gift Ideas: The School of Life: how to think about exercise $20, The School of Life: how to stay sane $20, Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (vinyl) $50, Joni Mitchell – Ladies of the Canyon (vinyl) $45, Audio- Technica Headphones $150
Website: https://www.titlemusicfilmbooks.com/
Address: 400 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

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Somedays

Somedays stocks a balanced list of Scandinavian, European, American and local fashion and accessories. Offering a unique and personal shopping experience, by presenting handpicked wearables that are not only stylish and of high quality, but which are at the forefront of international design and innovation.

Gift Ideas: 19-69 Purple Haze EDP $259, State of Escape Neoprene Tote Bag $229, Reliquia Hope Necklace $170
Website: https://somedays.com.au/
Address: 14, 200 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

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12 Micron 

A festive three-course menu overlooking the harbour that starts with a glass of champagne on arrival before digging into polenta chips with whipped cheddar, bush tomato and marinated olives. First course explores the sea with choices from kingfish with native limes, wasabi and apple; oysters with finger lime dressing; king prawns with lemon aspen and sea herbs; or lobster with crab consume, fennel and daikon. Enjoy some heartier dishes of rotisserie pork with caramelised apple, muntries and cider jus; roast wagyu with onions and pepper berry jus; or barramundi with fennel, citrus and native fruikake. Finish on a sweet note with a Christmas pudding, white chocolate and rosella, some mince pies and eggnog, and mini coconut roughs.

When: Monday 25 December, 12pm or 2.30pm sittings
Gift Ideas: $155pp
Address: Tower 1, level 2, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo
Website: 12micron.com.au/

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Peter’s of Kensington

Peter’s of Kensington stocks the biggest brands in homewares, kitchenware, dinnerware and more in a boutique setting.

Gift Ideas: S’well water bottle $47, Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade Dessert Plate $78, E+M Mechanical Graphic Pencil $79, Viski Flask $50, Ted Baker Accessory Box $79, Redd Leather Watch Box $129
Website: https://www.petersofkensington.com.au/
Address: 6, 100 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

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Oh! Boo

Oh! Boo Chocolates Oh! Boo Chocolates creates artisanal hand-painted chocolates using chocolate from Peru and Venezuela. The range includes pralines (their signature creations), rocher, brittle, nougat and fruits. For Christmas indulge all the chocolate lovers with an Oh! Boo Chocolates hamper.

Gift Ideas: Chocoholic small hamper $45, Chocoholic large hamper $60 Website: https://ohboo.com.au/
Address: 1, 33 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

Opique Boutique

Optique Boutique is a sleek destination for designer frames and sunglasses sourced from around the world.

Gift Ideas: Celine Cat Eye Sunglasses $629, Kirk & Kirk Glasses $469 Website: http://optiquebarangaroo.com.au/
Address: 6, 300 Barangaroo Ave, Barangaroo

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David Jones

David Jones’ boutique department store.  There’s no need to venture into the city for Christmas shopping when all your gifts can be found just around the corner from the office. From make-up gift packs, clutches, and hampers, to perfumes, shoes and designer clothes, all are available at David Jones Barangaroo.

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Gift Ideas: MAC Christmas Gift Pack $89, Foreo Luna 2 Face Cleanser $279, Acqua Di Parma Perfume $110, Marc Jacobs Backpack $289, Mimco Clutch $99.95, Just Add Cheese Hamper $69.95
Website: https://www.davidjones.com/stores/barangaroo
Address: 20/300 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo

And there you have it, our gift guide and dining guide this festive season at one of the city’s premiere destinations.

Joseph Lloyd, Freelance Writer
Photo Credits: The Streets of Barangaroo, Oh Boo Chocolates, Optique, Ryan Linnegar, The Butchers Block Group

The Butcher’s Block – for a brunch option in Barangaroo

The Butcher’s Block have planted their culinary seed in many areas of Sydney including Wahroonga, South Hurstville, Parramatta and now with their new eatery located in Barangaroo. With an emphasis on seasonal, locally sourced organic ingredients, this is the place to get some nourishment. With a team of experienced Chefs and a magnitude of high end dining experiences, you will find this a culinary delight. The Butcher’s block team has to put multicultural elements  into the menu, providing variety and excitement to the table.

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There are many great places to grab a bite to eat in Barangaroo. But there are only a few places to visit for breakfast or Brunch. Butchers Block, with its new breakfast menu is the place to visit. 

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The Butchers Block use Allpress coffee and have a menu full of breakfast favourites. All menu items are prepared with the freshest of ingredients. 

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Dessert for breakfast, why not?

The Banoffee waffles were a crowd favourite. the waffles were perfect, nice and light topped with fresh bananas, a ridiculously good ginger butterscotch sauce, vanilla mascarpone and roasted almonds.

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If you prefer a healthy start to your day, there is delicious Bircher, topped with a mix of seasonal berries, poached pears, pomegranate honey and a sprinkling of homemade granola. 

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Another healthy option is the smashed avo bruschetta which is also perfect if you are on the run.

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The cornfritters are quality, nice and light and fluffy with plenty of flavour. 

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The Green Breakfast bowl is another popular breakfast option. This dish was super tasty with a crisp brown rice flavoured with a sweet teriyaki style sauce and served with a mix of BBQ vegetables including broccolini, zucchini, asparagus, add some more green with a generous portion of avocado. There is something satisfying about cutting in to a perfectly poached egg and watching the yolk ooze out over the breakfast bowl, working its magic, adding flavour as it floods with a tidal wave of yum.

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The Butcher’s Block is the ideal setting to enjoy a meal in the heart of Barangaroo. This cafe restaurant is modern with a casual vibe. The service is relaxed and the food is great.

The Butcher’s Block

Shop 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000

Thank you to the venue and to Wasamedia for the invitation to dine.

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Japanese at its finest @ Fujisaki

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Barangaroo has now established itself as a top class dining precinct and a destination to visit for a great restaurant experience. We have dined at a number of restaurants in the area and we have a new favourite to add to the list. Fujisaki, on Barangaroo Avenue is a part of the Lotus dining group. It is a sophisticated dining space offering modern Japanese cuisine created by Joey Ingram. With over 300 wines on the list, selected by Annette Lacy and serviced by their expert sommeliers.

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The Fujisaki dining space oozes class with blue velvet and black tones throughout. The lighting arrangement impressed us, with two oversized spherical marbled lights, indented in the ceiling, like a pair of full moons above the dining space. There is also a Tatami style room allocated for private dining, where you can enjoy a meal in a traditional Japanese manner. There is also the option to dine at the counter, to view the impressive techniques displayed by the chefs.

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The service at Fujisaki is very professional and personable. However we must give a special mention to the Sommelier Zoe, who was very knowledgeable and suitably well versed in all areas of the drinks menu and guided us with Sake and the right ones to match with the meal. We also tried the Baird ‘Rising Sun Pale Ale’ from Shizuoka Japan, a superb pale ale to begin our dining experience. We also enjoyed the ‘Ume’ cocktail; made with umeshu, shiso, citrus, shio koji and umeboshi. It was lovely and refreshing and paired perfectly with the sashimi.

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The food is a modern take on traditional Japanese food or washoku, with Fujisaki adding their own touch to the menu, with interesting and delightful flavours. The flavour combinations are well thought out and the techniques on display are impressive. Fujisaki use the freshest seafood selected daily from the fishmongers. It is a very approachable menu, suitable for any diner.

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The lunch menu has the workers of the area in mind and it caters for that express lunch, without compromising on quality. There is sushi from $12 and sashimi prepared fresh, there is a range of yakitori skewers starting at $7 a pop, small plates form $15 and larger plates $35 and up. This restaurant does bento boxes (lunch set) starting at $35 with miso soup, rice, pickles, omelette, seaweed salad tempura vegetables and choice of protein. This is perfect for the city worker, who we encourage to take a break, get out of the office and enjoy quality Japanese in a space other than your office.

Fujisaki also offer a tasting menu, for those looking for a long lunch or beautiful evening meal. At night, Fujisaki also run an Omakase experience, but it is super popular and you will need to book well in advance. Omakase are great for you to trust the chef, learn and watch all the action in an intimate setting.

We visited for a Sunday lunch and sampled items from the tasting menu. It was a well put together tasting menu, all items of a high standard with well-balanced flavours. Each dish complemented the next. When asked to pick a favourite it was almost impossible, however we do love a tartare and Fujisaki’s is right up there.

We started the meal with plump Shoalhaven rock oysters with nashi and ponzu sauce, highlighting the natural taste of the oyster.

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The flavours intensified with the next set of tasty morsels. The chicken liver parfait and currants are great combination and the pickled sakura (cherry blossom) helping cut through the richness of this dish. This dish was not alone, it was served with finely diced cubes of tuna and avocado, served on a tapioca crisp. The knife skills of the chefs are on display with this tasty bite.

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The Sashimi was a good mix of super fresh snapper, kingfish, salmon, tuna and the prized Toro (sourced from the belly of swordfish), served with a fresh Tasmanian wasabi which has that unique wasabi essence without that punch to the sinuses. This offering was beautifully prepared and presented, a work of art, with a beautiful garden scene playing out on the plate.

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There were some intricate mukimono vegetable carvings which added some flare to the sashimi plating. The carvings included a piece of carrot carved to look like a butterfly, a carrot ribbon and the cucumber fan. This dish paired nicely with a refined sweet sake Kirei Shuzo, which was delicate and did not overpower the taste of the sashimi.

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The Silken tofu with a shitake dashi, a classy dish with an almost sensual mouth feel, served cold, with fried enoki, adding a unique sweet nutty butter flavour.

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The tartare certainly impressed. At the centre is a Ponzu cured yolk with an intense orange colour, finely sliced wagyu, smoked puffed rice and served with a lettuce cups. A very clever dish, even though the beef is uncooked, the charred puffed rice simulates beef cooked on the BBQ.

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The cedar smoked salmon with woodear mushroom is delivered to the table still smoking, and this certainly enlightens the senses. These theatrics added excitement to this dish. The flakes of salmon melting in your mouth. The smoke flavours working nicely with the sweet glaze. This dish paired with the Aikasho sake, a bold unfiltered and unpasturised sake with earthy, spice and caramel flavours this sake complimented the smoky sweet salmon.

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The Slow cooked wagyu is an amazingly quality piece of beef with a citrus kick from the bitter dai dai and infused with the kombu butter for added umami. The flavour of the beef really stood out.

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The Nigri was some of the best we have tried with a mix of snapper, swordfish, tuna, salmon and kingfish. The mekajiki toro or charred swordfish belly was a standout that must be ordered.

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We were glad we had our reserve stomach for dessert. The Sake bavarois a Fujisaki take on a gelatin set Bavarian cream mousse. An elegant dessert, served in a creme anglaise with visible vanilla from the pod, this was topped with sparkling sake jelly and served with a mixed berries.

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This dining experience ticked all of the boxes. A great location, well designed restaurant, amazing food and beverage, excellent skill on display with the chefs and knowledgeable staff. The tasting menu is perfect and great value. We will be sure to return for the $120 Omakase experience. Fujisake is a great restaurant and we cannot wait to return.

Thanks to Fujisaki for accommodating our visit and to The Atticism for arranging this. Be sure to check out our Instagram account for your chance to win a $100 voucher to Fujisaki entries close Sun 11 November.

Fujisaki

Shop 2, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo, Sydney, NSW

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Indian cusine from Harris Park to Barangaroo @Spiced by Billu’s

Spiced by Billu’s is in the trendy dining precinct at Barangaroo, just by the ferry terminal, so it has a lovely view of the water. It would also be a great place for a long lunch on a weekend. We were here for a Sunday evening dinner, the seating is alfresco (yet covered) under dimmed lights and heaters to keep us warm. 

Originally set up in Harris Park, known to cater for celebrities such as Chris Gayle and Steve Waugh. They have opened this upscale restaurant in Barangaroo and as soon as we met the host, we felt like we were dining with experienced restauranteurs. It is a little pricy, but you aren’t in Harris Park and lets face it you are paying a little extra for the location and the view.

The tables are set with some beautiful crystal and copper cutlery. There are a lot of great choices on the menu, hard to make a decision. They do a banquet menu to help you decide, if visiting in a group of 4 or more $40-$45. 

We were offered drinks, they have a small bar and have a good range of alcohol including Indian beer, one of my favourites; Kingfisher beer. We began the meal with a Vegetarian platter including the onion bhaji, lovely soft filling and light crispy outer crust), the paneer an Indian cheese which had a nice spice coating and the the vegetable samosas were quality, with a nice soft filling with a spice kick.

We followed this with dhal tarka, one of the best we have tried. Naan is a standard whenever we visit an Indian restaurant and the cheese naan was perfect to mop up any left over sauce.

Speaking of sauce the braised lamb shank had a deliciously fragrant sauce and good balance of spice. As to be expected, the lamb fell off the bone. 

The biryani was recommended and did not disappoint. A traditional rice dish, the indian version of fried rice. An explosion of taste and texture, the rice cooked with onions, garlic, ginger, cashew nut, raisins and spices.

Thanks to “I am strategist” for introducing us to Spiced By Billu’s at Barangaroo and to the staff for hosting us, the restaurant was well managed which was reflected by the quality service. Add a great location and food to the mix. A great Indian dining experience in the city.

https://www.spicedbybillus.com.au/

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