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Mice Net : August 2008
sydney surrounds LEFT: The Argyle at The Rocks. BELOW: The new-look Sails Restaurant. Hilton Sydney manager, Jerome Auvity, says in addition to strategic thinking, creativity and problem solving playing computer games, their research found that 91 per cent of respondents believed having fun with co-workers also significantly improved team relationships. Play@Hilton is available as a complimentary option from Hilton Sydney when booking your next meeting. The service can be selected as either a dedicated gaming room, complete with food and beverages, or as individual mobile units for use in the Hilton Meeting Centre’s common break areas throughout the duration of the meeting. Stunning new venue at The Rocks Almost before it was officially opened some of Sydney’s premier party people gave the all-new Argyle Venues in the historic Rocks a spin at the RSVP 08 Party After Dark, with plenty of favourable comments given after the late-night soiree. The venue is now available for seated events on a grand scale, offering capacity of up to 1500 guests. Recognised as one of the city’s hottest nightspots, it can be dramatically transformed with elegant long tables set over two levels, boosting the capacity of the precinct and creating a sizeable venue. Group sales manager, Paul White, says all areas have access to The Argyle’s historic cobblestone courtyard which provides a great central area for pre or post-dinner drinks and mingling. “With demand in Sydney increasing for large-scale yet unique function spaces, Argyle Venues is set to become the ‘venue of choice’ for seated events,” he says. Each of the various rooms have a distinct personality making them ideal for theming. When combined they create wonderful areas for guests to explore throughout the event. The venue’s three kitchens operate effectively in tandem to provide premium catering to each of the venue’s spaces. Dishes such as oven roasted medallions of barramundi, BBQ chicken with lemon & thyme and slow roasted black angus scotch fillet with creamed 92 mice.net horseradish are just some of the choices available. While The Argyle is relatively new to the Sydney bar scene, Argyle Venues have more than 30 years’ experience in creating memorable events with the people, service and attention-to-detail necessary for success. Located in the heart of the Rocks, Argyle Venues is set within 19th Century convict-hewn sandstone walls with functions from 50 to 1500 possible. The venue can also hold 2500 people in cocktail mode. Visit www.theargyle.biz for details. New-look Sails Restaurant re-opens The doors of Sails Restaurant on the water’s edge at McMahons Point were re-opened by new owner Greg Anderson recently. The new-look restaurant takes on a sophisticated and contemporary new look by renowned designers sjb interiors. To complement its new styling a new menu has been refined as “modern Australian” with a selection of seafood entrées such as roasted scallops, fennel puree, roasted black olives and preserved lemons and freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters. The entrée menu includes veal sweetbreads caramelised with Jerusalem artichokes and kipflers and grilled zucchini flowers with Woodside goat curd, beetroot and rocket and watercress. Choices on the main menu include suckling pig slow roasted with cracked wheat and apricot puree, seared ocean trout with sorrel puree, mushrooms and the aromatic Middle Eastern eggplant dish called Imam Bayaldi with cumin and spiced yoghurt. Greg Anderson has appointed chef Steven Skelly to run the kitchen. Steven has great seafood credentials having worked with some of Australia’s top chefs including Greg Doyle, Tony Bilson and Peter Evans. Tim Stock of Vinous Solutions will showcase an extensive wine cellar which will include 100-150 wines. Proprietors Greg Anderson and Patricia Nunes also own Sugaroom located on the waterfront at Jacksons Landing in Pyrmont.