21 February 2010

City Hotel: Kent Street Living Room Launch Party, CBD Sydney (19 Feb 2010)

347 Kent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
http://www.cityhotel.com.au


New Renovated Function Space

It was only last May in 2009 when a friend had her 30th Birthday at this 1st floor function space in the city centre. Back then it was fully decorated in a Mexican theme with an abundance of Corona bottles along the walls. It's now all changed and features tasteful crystal chandeliers, flock wallpaper and chesterfield couches providing an elegant character. I was a little doubtful about the free food that was going to be served but was pretty impressed with the quality and variety of options provided. I was expecting deep fried spring rolls and party pies but instead received freshly cooked and tasty BBQ Prawn Skewers and juicy BBQ Lamb Cutlets which reminded me of the ones I cooked for my recent 39th Birthday. The nicely presented Smoked Salmon Canapés were also good along with the Vegetarian Vietnamese Fresh Rolls. I liked the presentation of the Duck and Mango Salsa canapé but a bit more prized crispy skin goodness inside would have been welcomed. The raised mezzanine seating area is quite plain and undecorated which unfortunately doesn't have the cosy atmosphere of the main lounge area.

Other visits to Kent Street Living Room:
15 Sept 2010 - Red List Vintage Burlesque Showcase
29 May 2010 - Chocolatesuze 27th Birthday
19 Feb 2010 - Launch Party

SNAPSHOT REVIEW:
PROS: Central location, Nice canapés, Private bar for functions
CONS: Limited parking
MUST TRY: Prawn Skewers with lime leaves and shallots

Taltarni sparking and Vodka cocktail

Prawn Skewers with lime leaves and shallots

Duck and Mango Salsa canape

Smoked Salmon canape

French Trimmed Minted Lamb Cutlets

Fresh Vietnamese rolls


Bar and lounge area

Mezzanine seating area

Bar

Stairwell

Lounge area

DJ


Previous decor – May 2009



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4 comments:

YaYa said...

Wow, I think I can see the butter dripping on those prawns with lime! Is this the third incarnation the City Hotel's had? Wasn't it French before it became Mexican?

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi yaya, wow i never knew it was a french place before. i wouldn't be surprised. it obviously has an identity crisis at the moment :-)

SoRMuiJAi said...

ooooooo I love the look of the cocktails! I'm always on the look out for new places that serve cocktails. Are they any good?

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi SoRMuiJAi, these cocktails were made quickly due to the amount of people so they aren't as sophisticated as what they could be. i didn't get to see the cocktail menu but i reckon it's worth a go because the bar guy seemed to take pride in making them :-)

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