A Transformative New World Where Tea Meets Gin Revealed for The Star Sydney
Tea house by day, gin bar by night; The Star Sydney has lifted the lid on its newest addition, G&Tea, a stylishly quirky new bar on the ground floor of the Astral Hotel, opening on Friday 21 December.
With a menu celebrating a range of artisan tea and gin in all its refreshingly delicious glory, G&Tea’s chameleon-esque vibe will see both its offering and mood transform from day into night.
Guests can immerse themselves in daytime rainforest tranquillity with 24-karat gold specialty white tea, while the magic of moonlight and fireflies creates an atmospheric companion to an evening gin martini.
Award-winning architects Luchetti Krelle have designed a venue that centres around the idea of bringing the outside in. A transformative audio-visual system and a series of 10 LED wall screens bring a dynamic landscape to life creating an immersive environment for guests.
Dino Mezzatesta, Chief Operating Officer of Hotels, Food & Beverage and Retail at The Star says the addition of G&Tea complements the property’s existing portfolio of award-winning restaurants and bars, while providing a unique experience to tea and gin connoisseurs alike.
“The launch of G&Tea is another stunning example of our commitment to creating thrilling experiences for our guests and to transforming The Star into Sydney’s premier dining and entertainment destination,” Mr Mezzatesta said.
“The team has married the beautifully crafted space with a menu that is a playful yet sophisticated fusion of the finest flavours, guaranteed to see guests become lost in the wonderful world of tea and gin.”
While the frogs and birds play during the day, guests can enjoy an extensive artisan tea range catering to every price and desire, offering Classic Blends, Chinese Teas, Herbal Varieties by JING and a range of Signature Blends by TWG Tea.
At $120 a pot, the Yellow Gold Tea Buds by TWG is the most expensive and most prized of the white tea realm. Its platinum-coloured buds are transformed into ambrosial jewels plated with 24-karat gold creating a swirling and sparkling infusion with honeyed overtones.
An exclusive Gong Fu Tea Ceremony, conducted by a qualified and dedicated Tea Master, mirrors traditional Chinese methods to further intensify the flavours of selected prestige teas such as the Yellow Gold Tea Buds by TWG.
By night, the immersive screens light up with fireflies and guests can indulge in a sensory journey of gin incorporating from the timeless Gin & Tonic and Gin Martini classics alongside new fusions such as the Gin Spritz with Ink Gin, Prosecco, Soda and Orange Slice.
Or for those who like to be spoiled for choice, the G&Tea mixologists have crafted a selection of Tea-Tails including the Green Tea Mojito with Green Tea, Tanqueray, Basil Seeds, Soda, Mint; the Tea Tini with Jing Green Apple Hibiscus Tea, Ink Gin, Vermouth, Lemon Peel and the Passionfruit Green Tea Whiskey.
Guests can further whet their appetite with offerings such as gourmet sandwiches like the Smoked Ham Hock Rillette with Gruyère de Comté, Tea Poached Egg and Ciabatta and the Gin Cured Tasmanian Ocean Trout with Shaved Fennel, Chives, Finger Lime Caviar and Yuzu Emulsion. While the Chef’s signature dish is a twist on the smashed avocado classic, with Sydney’s own prized La Stella burrata cheese, chunks of mashed avocado, spring onion, red chilli, toasted sesame seeds, crushed cashew nuts, and black tea salt on local artisan sourdough.
The opening of G&Tea is part of up to $1 billion in capital works projects completed, in progress or in planning across The Star Sydney including a proposed The Ritz-Carlton hotel, significant upgrades to hotels and member spaces and additional dining, retail, function and event spaces, as well as other resort facilities and attractions.
Located on the Ground Level at Astral Tower with a 74-seat capacity, G&Tea will be open seven days a week, 6.30am - 11pm Sunday to Thursday and 6.30am – midnight Friday and Saturday.