Camille Allcroft visits Australasia in Manchester for a seriously moreish Moët Moment at the first of two special Moët Terrace Parties
As we make our way through the striking glass pyramid entrance and ascend the staircase to Australasia’s awaiting restaurant and bar, the venue conjures up a feeling of being swept away to distant shores. With plenty of contemporary charm (thanks to a neutral colour palette adorned with wooden accents and sumptuous booths) it’s a venue filled with hushed sophistication.
We arrive to find the event in full swing – with the resident DJ playing as Champagne flows; the terrace making the ideal party setting with white tables and aqua toned soft furnishings creating an air of understated glamour.
No party could be complete without Champagne – we sip Moët Ice Impérial served over ice and garnished with strawberries. The first Champagne of its kind, it makes the perfect summer aperitif with a fruity flavour and a clean, crisp finish which pairs excellently with food.
Speaking of which, we waste no time in sampling dishes from the terrace menu which offers a range of tempura, Robata grill dishes, small plates and sushi. Squid tempura is highlight, with succulent squid encased in golden batter and a peppery kick from the accompaniment of Sriracha mayonnaise. The selection of sushi and vegetable nigiri is another winner; the delicate flavours work well with fiery wasabi grated at the table.
Fellow guests were also able to capture their own Moët Moment at the pop-up photo booth whilst fun live saxophone and percussion added to the party atmosphere.
The second Moët Terrace Party, taking place later this month on Sunday 27th August, will be an equally lavish occasion with a DJ, live entertainment and plenty more Moët Ice Impérial. Guests can enjoy sushi alongside their drinks, choosing from oysters, sashimi, nigiri, mixed gunkan and Californian rolls. Even better for bubbly fans, they can purchase any two bottles of Moët Ice Impérial at the event to get the third bottle half price.
What to eat: The menu draws inspiration from modern Australian cuisine combined with a host of global influences. The selection is vast – think sushi, sashimi, tempura and small plates made with premium ingredients such as Loch Duart salmon and Chilean sea bass.
What to drink:The cocktail menu displays a similar flair for exotic and imaginative creations. Must-sips include the Chasing Hibiscus and Chilli and Watermelon Martini.
PLUS: Try making Australasia’s Plum and Chocolate Sidecar at home
Martell VS Cognac – 22.5ml
Shiraume Umeshu Plum Sake – 22.5ml
Sweetened lemon juice – 22.5ml (20ml lemon juice mixed with 8g of caster sugar)
Chocolate bitters – 2 dashes
1 Combine the following in a cocktail shaker and mix well. Serve in a tall glass over ice, stirring until sufficiently chilled. Garnish with orange zest and enjoy!
Make it happen
Australasia, 1 The Avenue, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3AP