Bar de Thé
At the busy end of Victoria Street in Darlinghurst, above Infinity Bakery, Bar de Thé follows the theme established by the Cîroc 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 on upwards to the amethyst-hued bar for snacks and cocktails. 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.
The space features a playlist from a different record label each month and hand-blended teas by local outfit Barnes and Leahy.