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Spring has sprung so The Star launches a Spectacular

September 12, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The Star held a glittering Soiree last Wednesday to launch The Star Spectacular, a major property-wide spring program which offers guests thrilling experiences, theatrical dining, amazing offers and live entertainment.

Celebrities gathered to enjoy a preview of the show and to sip drinks such as espresso martinis.

The Star Spectacular, now underway, runs through to Sunday 12 November 2017, so it takes in the Melbourne Cup.

The calendar of events includes: 


BLACK Magic Menu at BLACK Bar & Grill | 7 Sept – 12 Nov (Thursday to Sunday) BLACK Bar & Grill’s Executive Chef Dany Karam creates the BLACK Magic dinner menu, served with a side of magic from The Star’s resident magician (Thursdays and Fridays). To start, choose from salmon sashimi with lemon, black radish, shallot dressing and squid ink cracker ($28), or pan-fried scallops served with black poppy seeds, snap peas and buttermilk dressing ($29), then savour a MBS5+ 180g beef fillet on a bed of smoked potato, asparagus and charred onion, drizzled with black pepper sauce ($65). Finish with macadamia praline parfait with chocolate mousse and caramelised banana ($18). Arrive early at the award-winning BLACK Bar to enjoy a BLACK Magic cocktail creation. For reservations, phone 1800 700 700.

Swimming sensation Ian Thorpe and friend at soiree to launch Star Spectacular. In background: Peter Needham from Global Travel Media and Harry Needham, drummer for the Wollongong band Solid Effort.

Tender Stories with Scott Pickett & Dany Karam at BLACK Bar & Grill | 25 Oct 6:30pm Scott Pickett of Melbourne’s Estelle Bistro, ESP – Estelle by Scott Pickett, Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie and Saint Crispin will serve up a four-course menu like no other. The modern menu will deliver a touch of nostalgia. Priced at $185 per person. For reservations, phone 1800 700 700. 

Spectacular Seafood lunch at Balla | 11 Sept – 10 Nov (weekdays 12-2:30pm) Enjoy a sensational seafood lunch curated by Balla Executive Chef Gabriele Taddeucci using the season’s best produce, while taking in the stunning water views of Pyrmont Bay. Choose from spanner crab bruschetta with cherry tomato and basil; wood-grilled calamari with chickpea, parsley and garlic oil; Sicilian-style tagliatelle with swordfish ragu; wood-grilled fish of the day; vanilla pannacotta with blood orange syrup and ricotta tart served with Amedei chocolate fondue. One course from $30, two courses from $40, and three courses from $50 per person. For reservations, phone 1800 700 700.

An Italian Affair with Balla & LuMi Bar & Dining | Mon 16 Oct, 6:30pm A match made in heaven, Balla Executive Chef Gabriele Taddeucci and LuMi Bar & Dining Executive Chef Federico Zanellato come together for one night to take you on a journey through their homeland of Italy. You’ll enjoy a four-course menu with matching wines perfectly prepared by this ultimate Italian duo. $175 per person including beverages. For reservations, phone 1800 700 700. 

Whisky, jazz and Japanese apertivo at Sokyo | 7 September – 12 November 2017 Not to be missed, the wickedly talented bar tenders at Sokyo Lounge will serve up three premium whisky cocktails while you enjoy Japanese apertivos. Sample fresh fare prepared by Sokyo Executive Chef Chase Kojima while listening to live jazz and DJs. $89 per person. Bookings essential, by phone 1800 700 700. 

Pizza spectacular at Pizzaperta | 7 September – 12 November 2017, available from Tuesday to Sunday Gather the crew and grab a table at Pizzaperta during spring for a family feast of two adult and two mini pizzas with soda for $50. Choose from favourites including margherita, salame or Sicilian. 

Soiree to launch Star Spectacular

Seafood Thursday Spectacular at Harvest Buffet | 7 Sept – 9 Nov, Thursdays 5-9:30pm The Star’s popular weekend seafood buffet will be extended to Thursday evenings for a special price of $55 per adult and $22 per child (aged 5-12 years, children four and under eat free). The generous spread will include oysters, chilled prawns, blue swimmer crab, Queensland spanner crab, Kinkawooka mussels, marinated clams, Tasmanian salmon and more. The Star Entertainment Troupe will make your evening even more spectacular with thrilling theatrics.

Noodle Mania at Fat Noodle | 7 September – 12 November Dine at Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle during spring and have a noodle moment matched with a refreshing lychee soda for $20. Choose from South Taiwan dan zai mee noodle soup; Angus beef with vermicelli noodles, mee goreng or prawn pad Thai.


The Darling Hotel Staycation & Astral Playcation | Available until 31 Oct Indulge in a little luxury and escape with a staycation at The Darling five-star hotel and enjoy luxury overnight accommodation, daily Japanese-style breakfast in Sokyo and a $150 dining credit per night to be used for lunch or dinner at one of The Star’s signature restaurants or in-room dining. If a playcation is more your style, head next door to The Astral Tower & Residences and enjoy daily buffet breakfast in Harvest Buffet. Prices from $373 per night. For bookings, phone 1800 700 700 and mention Stay & Dine.


Daily Performances at The Star | 7 Sept – 12 Nov The Star will play host to an assortment of Carnivale-inspired free daily performances throughout the season to delight guests including roving magicians, burlesque dancers, stilt walkers and jugglers and more every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at Sydney Lyric Theatre | From 17 Sept, 6:30pm Beautiful is the inspiring true story of chart-topping music legend Carol King’s journey from school girl to superstar; from her relationship with husband and song-writing partner Gerry Goffin, their close friendship and playful rivalry with fellow song-writing duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, to her remarkable rise to stardom. Tickets are priced from $110 via and dining and show ticket packages are available from $135 per person via

Glamour at launch of Star Spectacular

24/7 Sports Bar | 7 Sept – 1 Oct

Catch every triumphant win and decisive move of the AFL and NRL football finals live, large and loud at 24/7 Sports Bar on the mega TV screens. Enjoy guest appearances from past and present footballers and entertainment until late. For the best seats in the house, personalised service and food packages, book a VIP package or head down on a Sunday for the delectable fuel burger and bottle of Hahn Super Dry for $15. For the full match schedule, visit

Spring cocktail spectacular at Cherry Lounge & Latitude | 7 Sept – 12 Nov Celebrate spring in style and sip on cocktail creations made with flair at upscale cocktail bars Cherry and Latitude. Choose from passion pop’d made with Belvedere Citrus Vodka, peach, passionfruit, fresh lemon juice and elderflower charged with ginger beer and pop rocks ($15) or, drink a kool-aid with Tanqueray Gin and Aperol muddled with fresh orange, citrus and lemon butter served over crushed ice ($15) while The Star entertainment troupe keep the buzz alive.

Melbourne Cup Day | Tue 7 Nov Soak up the glamour and thrills of Australia’s biggest social and sporting event, Melbourne Cup Day at The Star. Celebrate the race that stops the nation with decadent dining options at Balla, Sokyo and BLACK Bar & Grill, each with bespoke menus for the iconic event. For the full trackside experience, 24/7 Sports Bar is the place to catch all the excitement of every race live, with a full TAB, Sydney’s biggest LED screen plus a beverage and canape package available. Leading from the front, Cherry is also a race-day favourite with a VIP Package including Moët Magnum and premium canapés. Dress to impress for your chance to win the best dressed competition.

The Star Car Spectacular | 1Sept – 29 Oct Step up to The Star Car Spectacular for a chance to win up to two brand-new Mercedes-Benz CLAS200s cars, every week for eight weeks and cash prizes. Open to all members of The Star Club, draws are at 9pm every Thursday and Sunday from Thursday, 7 September to Sunday, 29 October 2017. Members simply play with their membership card at draw time for their chance to win. For terms and conditions, visit

Edited by Peter Needham

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