Japanese night in
So did anyone end up going to the VIP Shopping Night at Chifley Plaza?
It was quite similar in concept to the Westfield Bondi Junction Shopping Night with free flowing drinks for guests as they arrived sponsored by Kemeny's. It's quite a strange feeling walking into a shop, especially a fancy one, with a glass in hand but the shop assistants didn't seem to mind. I was keen to try the Azuma canapés but the trays of food were few and far between so you had to be on your toes to find it at times — especially when crowds flocked like seagulls when it arrived down the escalators from the restaurant above. The sushi options were quite nice but I thought the salad was a bit awkward to eat while standing with a glass of bubbles and rather uninteresting as a canapé — it made me think of Homer's dancing song ‘You Don't Make Friends With Salad’. The fried canapés served on a stick looked promising but arrived mostly cold which was a shame — I guess you can't ask too much when it's free although it doesn't give me the best impression of what Azuma is capable of providing as a fine dining restaurant.
The band entertainment by Slide McBride was great and sang a few familiar and classic songs to the shoppers passing by. Caffé Due Mondi were serving complimentary coffee, tea and hot chocolate which was welcomed because they make a great hot chocolate. Akira Isogawa was in attendance at his free fashion exhibition upstairs in the Japan Foundation which continues until 25 June 2010.
Other events at Chifley Plaza:
• 1 Dec 2010 - VIP Shopping Night - Promotion
• 2 June 2010 - VIP Shopping Night
PROS: Free drinks and canapes, Akira Isogawa fashion exhibition, friendly service staff
CONS: Smallish trays of food went quickly with hungry crowds turning into a flock of seagulls
MUST SEE: Akira Fashion Exhibition
Drinks sponsored by Kemeny's
Bubbles — Charles Vienot Brut Supreme
Vegetarian sushi canapé
I think this was a tempura prawn style
Sushi roll style canapés — scallop and salmon
Salad with soba noodles — you don't make friends with salad ;-)
Three of a kind — fried canapés of pumpkin, chicken and octopus.
Crowds on the lookout for canapé food
Slide McBride band
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