Our Top Themed Restaurants in Sydney

Theres nothing I love more than a good themed restaurant and Sydney is teeming with them. Themed restaurants make a wonderful location for a corporate lunch, private group or Gala dinner as ambiance and dcor is already established. Almustafa Lebanese restaurant in Glebe is top on my list of fantastic themed restaurants. Every inch of the room is decorated in rich golds, vivid colours and an eclectic mix of artifacts. The upstairs cushion room is a great location for a private group dinner. The tables are low and patrons sit on comfortable cushions on the floor. Be sure to go Friday or Saturday and see the Belly Dancing show. (www.almustafa.com.au). I highly recommend you go there with a group of at least 6 and ordering the banquet menu. Mantra is an over the top Indian restaurant in Neutral Bay which I also visit frequently. Mantra drips with Bollywood glam and the air is filled with heady spices and traditional music. If you are with a largish group make sure you call ahead and book a private dining area which is curtained off by chiffon drapes that make you feel like you are Indian royalty. Again there is Belly Dancing on the weekends. (www.mantraindian.com.au) Had to Happen Mexican restaurant in North Sydney (www.hadtohappen.com) is another good one. The dining area is painted in clashing colours and bright cactus plants with sombreros hung from them. The restaurant is often booked out for private events and parties. Bring your appetite with you and attempt to become a Had To Happen member by partaking in the fajita eating challenge! One of my colleagues nailed it at our last staff event! Machiavelli in the heart of Sydney is an Italian restaurant institution where the portions are large and the characters even larger! (www.machiavelli.com.au). The room is designed to look like a typical Italian delicatessen however the clientele that frequent the restaurant are anything but typical. Machiavellis is listed on The Bulletins 100 Most Influential Australian dining locations and was recently mentioned on the 7.30 Report as the place the powerful and elite mix. Ham, salami and bread hang from the ceiling and photographs of celebrity patrons line the walls. You could be forgiven for forgetting to order your meal as you put names to the faces on the wall and scan the room searching for a glimpse of someone famous and important. If you have to organise a group dinner on a limited budget, I would chose Juju in Kings Cross. This is very authentic Japanese Izakaya style in food and ambience and has karaoke booths available for those who fancy themselves as sing stars. Juju is one of those places where you are transported to the country of origin with traditional sunken seating and ornate artwork. So next time you are planning a dinner event with a real WOW factor give one of the above a go - they never fail to impress.

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Date posted: 2010-02-01 | Comments(0)


Review of meeting venue - Peppers The Sands Torquay

We recently took a group of 80 pax to Peppers The Sands Torquay. As the hotel only has 102 accommodation rooms, the hotel was perfect to have exclusively for our delegates for two days and two nights. The accommodation rooms include 2 disabled rooms and 14 suites with the balance in standard accommodation rooms, all with external views and balconies. The conference room splits into three, but we chose to use two thirds for the plenary meeting, splitting it into two separate spaces for breakout sessions between morning tea and lunch, and then have the final third for breaks. If you have a larger number of delegates, there is ample room to host breaks in the existing pre-function space and terrace areas. The restaurant is a simple contemporary space perfect for a welcome function and the golf course, spa and gym are perfect for after conference hours activities. If any event manager is looking for a regional conference venueless than 2 hours out of Melbourne, I would highly recommend Peppers The Sands Torquay not only for its facilities, but also for its outstanding service. The pre-event contacts and onsite contacts are far above what any one would expect in a 4 1/2 star regional property! Very friendly, flexible and efficient.

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Date posted: 2010-02-20 | Comments(0)


Review of meeting venue - Peppers The Sands Torquay

We recently took a group of 80 pax to Peppers The Sands Torquay. As the hotel only has 102 accommodation rooms, the hotel was perfect to have exclusively for our delegates for two days and two nights. The accommodation rooms include 2 disabled rooms and 14 suites with the balance in standard accommodation rooms, all with external views and balconies. The conference room splits into three, but we chose to use two thirds for the plenary meeting, splitting it into two separate spaces for breakout sessions between morning tea and lunch, and then have the final third for breaks. If you have a larger number of delegates, there is ample room to host breaks in the existing pre-function space and terrace areas. The restaurant is a simple contemporary space perfect for a welcome function and the golf course, spa and gym are perfect for after conference hours activities. If any event manager is looking for a regional conference venueless than 2 hours out of Melbourne, I would highly recommend Peppers The Sands Torquay not only for its facilities, but also for its outstanding service. The pre-event contacts and onsite contacts are far above what any one would expect in a 4 1/2 star regional property! Very friendly, flexible and efficient.

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Date posted: 2010-02-20 | Comments(0)