Location: 405 Sussex St Haymarket, Sydney
This has to be one of our stepping stones to being a more popular blog. We received a lovely invitation to attend the Waitan launch opening, let me just say it was worth Waitan for. Feli and I decided to take up on this offer and we went in with an open mind. We arrived at the entrance to Lamborghini's, models and a red carpet. Once we walked inside it was a jaw dropping surprise.
The interior was absolutely beautiful and for 10 million dollars invested into the two storey building you would expect the Crème de la crème. We were informed every detail of the infrastructure was planned to a T, even the door handles were personally selected. The concept of Asia meets West is pictured here, where anyone can come and experience great food and a different atmosphere. Once we stepped inside, it was easy to forget you were actually in the heart of China town.
On the first floor, there is the O Lounge, designed as a social room where you can lay in opium beds and I might add are rather comfortable. On the other side of the bar is the dining area with oriental tableware. Past this section is lovers lane, as the name suggests it is a section dedicated for couples to dine in privacy with a view. From this spot you can even watch the chefs work their magic in the kitchen. Finally at the end of the strip on the first floor, you will see one of the many attractions in this restaurant, which is the duck oven. A wood fire oven dedicated to cooking duck for many days. With a firery flame at the front, the duck itself is hung up the back making it very succulent.
The top floor has 10 rooms available for functions. Each room is slightly different in layout, whether it be a chandelier, a television or even your own personal chef at the head of the table. These 10 private function rooms cater to many group sizes and 4 of them even connect as one huge room. This makes a great spot for functions, such as weddings and business meetings. The next big attraction on the second floor is the huge dining table, said to be 5.2 meters in diameter and can sit up to 36 people. There are 4 other function rooms available for VIP members, this comes at a price of $10,000. But for this price you can access the library, purchase the fine art on display, private karaoke room and access to the 4 private dining rooms.
As we were invited to the launch, I can only comment on the appetising handful of canapes they had available for guest this evening. First horderves to cross our path was an interesting dish on a spoon. This was a deep fried abalone ball with mushroom and tofu. It was very interesting and quite delicious, nothing I have ever had before. Next we had Wagyu beef with pickles and sauce in a sweet bun. This was absolutely mouth watering and as I described as "heaven in my mouth", this is to be a signature dish for Waitan. We then had prawn spring rolls, salt and pepper prawns on skewers, shucked oysters and finally we made our way to the duck oven. At the duck oven they were serving duck pancakes, this is said to be another signature dish at Waitan. The duck was very yummy and very succulent, I do suggest coming to Waitan just to try the duck alone!
This was a great experience for us, the entire evening was very enjoyable. We met many people at this event such as writers, bloggers and even Aaron Chin the COO of Waitan. I personally want to express my gratitude for this lovely invitation and opportunity and also to Jasmine in PR who gave us a tour of the second floor. Thanks to Krissie Vitasa from Hill + Knowlton Strategies for the invite. We had a lovely time and we can't wait to visit again and try everything on the menu!
Note: This is all based on Next Stop: Food's own thoughts