By Leigh O’Connor.
Why do you need a jeweller on New Year’s Eve? To ring in the New Year!
As we contemplate the end of another year, it is a time to reflect on what happened in 2022 and how it has affected us all.
It was a year of war, turmoil, weather events and financial hardship for many of us – but there is light at the end of the tunnel with a return to practically normal life as we learn to live with COVID.
Let’s make this New Year’s Eve one to remember and make a resolution that 2023 will be better in every way for everyone. Here are our five picks to celebrate on Saturday, December 31:
All that glitters is gold at Miss Moneypenny’s Broadbeach
this New Year’s Eve, with a glitter ball and discotheque theme to celebrations. Located on Surf Parade, this cutting-edge dining destination projects a modern Mediterranean coastal ambience with casual Gold Coast sophistication; ideal for any occasion from a family get-together to a romantic rendezvous with someone special.
Miss M’s has three options for New Year – a cocktail party on the deck, a gala dinner and a VIP experience – along with DJs Jayo Alves and Camila Rosa working their magic; whether you enjoy a three-course dinner, cocktails and canapes or a private viewing of fireworks on the pool deck, this is the place to be come Saturday night.
Sydneysiders can head to Coya
on Pacific Highway in St Leonards for an eight-course degustation to indulge the senses with Middle Eastern fare from Chef Ashraf Saleh. Recently relocated to a stunning new restaurant, a happily buzzing interior awaits, ideal for taking time to savour each dish before eagerly anticipating the next.
Begin your New Year’s Eve feast with lobster bisque, oysters and scallop lollipops, before delving into signature Barbary King prawns, grilled Murray cod, bamboo rice crab meat and Blackmore Wagyu bolar blade. Finish decadently with a dessert of passionfruit cloud, washed down with a glass of bubbles as the clock heads towards midnight.
Treat yourself, family and friends to a five-course degustation at one of Hobart’s most iconic waterfront restaurants, Mures Upper Deck
on Victoria Dock. Take in breathtaking water views through floor-to-ceiling glass, allowing diners to watch the sky turn pink as they relax with a chilled wine and ponder a fishing line-to-plate menu showcasing local catches at their best.
Enjoy a glass of sparkling on arrival, plus a four-hour beverage package, along with dishes such as oysters with lemon to start, followed by pepper berry cured salmon tartare, crème fraiche, avocado, caviar and roasted skin. For the main opt for blue eye trevalla, lemon tarragon sauce, asparagus, baby spinach, caviar and rice crisp; best enjoyed with a glass of Hughes & Hughes Chardonnay.
Celebrate the end of 2022 in style at Potager
on Carool Road in Carool and feast on the likes of lobster ceviche, cucumber, avocado, elderflower, finger lime and fermented chilli to begin. Set on a small 10-acre farm in the picturesque countryside, as much as possible at the restaurant is grown onsite or sourced from the surrounding region with the aim of only serving organic produce and grass-fed meat.
Expect taste tempters such as Grimaud duck breast, Davidson plum char siu glaze, anise pickled carrot and puffed wild rice on Saturday night; while Potager beetroot ice cream, beetroot meringue, caramelised orange and tarragon make for the perfect end to a memorable meal.
A unique offering of cooking over an open fire in front of guests’ eyes is what you’ll find at Daph’s Restaurant
on Oxford Street in Leederville. This intimate 20-seater Perth dining destination embraces a rustic vibe of exposed brick, concrete floors and Edison bulb lighting; ideal for chilling out as you watch Chef and owner Pepe Dart work his magic over flames fuelled by Jarrah wood.
There are two dinner sittings to choose from on New Year’s Eve, with a six-course dinner menu and matching wine pairings; start with pork terrine, fire-seared scallops and Skull Island King prawns, while for the main expect fire-seared duck breast and Black Onyx sirloin, finishing with chocolate mousse, strawberry caviar and meringue.
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