Never one to stand still, Maurice Terzini is set to open Bar De Thé and Salon De Thé in Darlinghurst later this month. But this time he’s harnessing the creative power of the Ciroc Collective to create the two-level venue on Victoria Street. The Ciroc Collective adds the creative energies of Dan Single, George Gorrow, Paul Wilson and Michael Nolan (all of Ksubi fame) to Terzini’s hospitality background. The result will be a mix of design, pop culture, art and fashion expertise for the new venue.
“We have all been close friends for years,” says Wilson. “So it was only a matter of time. We have been looking for a venue for over a year now, a unique space, something unexpected, with a sense of discovery.”
The menu will be driven by culinary director, chef Paul Wilson (also creative director at Icebergs and not to be confused with Wilson of the Ciroc Collective), and will be executed by head chef Julian Perraudin, who worked with chef Wilson at The Botanical in Melbourne.
“He [Perraudin] is a French chef who has spent many years in South-East Asia, including Vietnam. He has the ideal experience for our French-Vietnamese cuisine,” says Wilson.
Located above Infinity Sourdough, Salon De Thé (French for Tea Room) will occupy the second floor, with intimate dining and seating for 46. There will be a focus on seasonal produce, aromatic and herbal influences, infusions and tea smoking, with digestive herbal teas and drinks and tea cocktails. The floor above the Salon will be Bar De Thé, where the martini will take centre stage.
“There’s only a select few places you can get a decent martini in Sydney and we saw a real opportunity to highlight one of the most sophisticated and infamous white spirit-based drinks.” It’s ideal for a group championing Circoc vodka, but not limited to that. The Darlinghurst location was a specific choice too.
“We have always loved this iconic Victoria Street strip. The area has been through so many different phases over the years with so many great institutions finding their homes here. It’s one of our favourite areas in Sydney. It still has a really diverse European feel and great mix of cafes, restaurants and bars right on top of the hill, bordering the CBD and eastern suburbs.”
Bar De Thé and Salon De Thé will open late July at 2F & 3F, 225a Victoria Street, Darlinghurst.