Here at The Urban List, we like to think of food as more than just an object. It’s a survival method, a love affair, heck it’s even a verb. Fooding is our favourite pastime and this week it’s all about new and exotic flavours paired with perfect experiences.
From dazzling Asian cuisines all up close and personal, competitive takes on sugar and spice—but mainly spice and a hint of musical pizazz, this is sure to be a unique week, kiddos.
Here are five awesome things to do in Sydney this week AKA the first week of autumn!
Grace Wine Dinner at Sake in The Rocks
There’s no question that if you’re looking to grace your palate with some of the most authentic Japanese in Sydney and some damn good drinks, look no further than Sake. Paired with its upcoming Grace Wine Dinner and hosted by none other than fourth generation wine maker Ayana Miswa, this dinner is the definition of Japanese drinking. Miswa gives you an up close and personal look at her family’s story, their experiences in the industry and her position as one of the most celebrated and few female wine makers in Japan #girlpower101. Hailing from one of the most respected wineries, twenty five of Sydney’s eat-out experts will enjoy nine top tier Grace Wines along with a traditional sake. Oh, and did we mention there’s a six course dinner?! From fresh sashimi, vegetable tempura, fragrant duck, beef sirloin with teriyaki emulsion and a nemesis chocolate crumble, there are literally no words for the glorious food baby that will ensue. Book you’re coveted spot here.
Where: Sake, The Rocks
When: Tuesday 1st March, 6:30pm
Cost: $150 per person (spaces limited)
Whisky Mondays at Grain Bar
Eat your heart out Monday-itis. Grain Bar’s Whisky Mondays are here. With 20% off whisky and $30 flights, and 200 whiskies to choose from, you’ll be majoring in ‘on the rocks’ in no time at all. Plus, it’s conveniently located on George Street (under the Four Seasons Hotel), the perfect place to bring your friends, your co-workers, heck even your grandma, for a seamless start to the week. Welcome to your new autumn starter—no need to thank us.
Where: Grain Bar, CBD
When: Monday 29th February
Wok On at March into Merivale
It’s time to wok out with your chopsticks out (you know I had to go there). From the geniuses who brought you European Laneway just a mere week ago, comes Merivale’s next festival, here to celebrate all things traditionally and scrumptiously Asian. Chow down to the hip-hop beats of Halfway Crooks as you grab an exclusive taste of newcomers Queen Chow along with crowd favourites like Mr Wong, Sushi-e, Sunee’s Thai Canteen, Ms G’s and many more quelling cravings you didn’t even know you had. With plenty of beats and bok choy, eats and edamame and a bit of sashimi on the dancefloor, what more could you possibly ask for?
Where: Establishment, CBD
When: Wednesday 2nd March, 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: $45 incl. 6 food and drink tokens
Chilli Eating Competition at SoCal
When a fire starts to burn this week, it’s likely to be at SoCal. Hosting their first ever Chilli Eating Competition, twenty fearless city slickers will hand over their tastebuds in the hope of being crowned Neutral Bay’s one and only Chilli Extraordinaire—and unlike the good ol’ Homer Simpson ‘let’s casually swallow a candle’ trick, there will be no shortcuts, no takebacks, only unbridled heat. With some ‘interesting’ faces we’re sure will match, this will be a feat as hilarious as it will be hot. But with a $250 bar tab, Alto’s tequila bottle, a selection of SoCal hot sauces and an engraved chilli trophy to come home with, it’ll be worth the spice. Sign your name on the dotted line here.
Where: SoCal, Neutral Bay
When: Tuesday 1st March, 7pm
Marie’s Crisis Festival Bar at QT
Bringing a bit of the Big Apple to Sydney as part of Spectrum Now, New York piano bar Marie’s Crisis is back again this year. If you love yourself a bit of Broadway musical action, you’ll want to make your way to QT Sydney for 10 nights from Tuesday 1st March. Sing along to musical classics alongside some of the country’s best voices. And with a drinks list inspired by New York, we’re expecting this to be one helluva night (or 10).
Where: QT Sydney, CBD
When: Tuesday 1st March – Thursday 10th March, from 6pm
Image credit: Grain Bar