The Star


80 Pyrmont St
2009 Sydney, Australia


(02)9777 9000

NileGuide Expert tip:

Window seats afford the best bridge views, but the booths are best for romantics.


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Black by Ezard is the super-chic bistro at Sydney's casino The Star. American wines as yet mostly untapped by other Sydney restaurants take centre stage here. The 800 plus wines on the list are thankfully are presented by iPad and over 250 of the featured drops hail from Napa and Sonoma and other regions of the United States. Top chef Teage Ezard of Melbourne's Gingerboy fame is the restaurateur but Black gets an added American edge from the Vegas-born man in the kitchen, executive chef Michael Tripp. The restaurant's glass walls over look the waterside entrance to the casino with cool views of Sydney wharfs and the Harbour Bridge. The Star has been completely renovated and thanks to its $850 million refurbishment everything feels slick and polished. Dinner here is a decadent affair like the starter of seared foie gras served with a peach and yuzu puree and a hazelnut and pistachio crumble. Mains should involve something from the grill whether it be a char grilled ocean trout fillet from Tasmania or one of a long list of Wagyu steaks cooked in a sous-vide, which come with sauces on the side served in tiny copper pans.


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