Bar de Thé and its adjoining dining room, Salon de Thé, is the latest from a neat cohort of some of Sydney’s cultural and creative entrepreneurs. Under the banner of the Cîroc Collective, ex Ksubi front men George Gorrow, Dan Single, Michael Nolan and Paul Wilson have partnered with Icebergs’ Maurice Terzini to bring something stylish and new to Sydney.
Combined, the group has experience that covers bars, dining, parties and fashion. “We see this as a modern take on luxury,” says Wilson.
At the busy end of Victoria Street in Darlinghurst, above Infinity Bakery, Bar de Thé follows the theme established by the collective’s French vodka – serving serious martinis and modern French-Vietnamese fusion cuisine. Climb the stairs to the intimate, low-lit salon to navigate the restaurant’s full menu, or continue upwards to the amethyst-hued bar for snacks and cocktails. Cîroc Collective called upon industry friends to help build and style the space. Architect Tomek Archer is responsible for the design, and artists Ben Barretto and Fraser Anderson have adorned walls with sharp, sophisticated pieces.
Cîroc martinis include Thai basil, kale or the opulent gold leaf – but there is also a host of signature styles and classic cocktails to try. Downstairs, the menu echoes the tea salons of Hanoi, with a luxury, organic twist. Start with petit pho, or a salad of oak-roasted calamari, king brown mushrooms, lotus seeds and organic brown rice. There are also DIY coconut pancakes with sticky pork and mandarin or chef Julien Perraudin’s special jasmine rice steak frites.
“It’s really a group of friends trying to do something interesting and fresh for Sydney,” says Wilson, who has previously owned The Duke Bistro and The Flinders Hotel. The space will also feature a playlist from a different record label each month (beginning with Multi Culti of Montreal) and hand-blended teas by local outfit Barnes and Leahy.
Bar de Thé
225 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
(02) 8040 6817
Tuesday - Saturday 5pm - Midnight