A guide to NYE entertaining

Are you considering staying this New Year’s Eve? Providoor can help create the perfect evening of music and fancy food and booze at home, served by some of Sydney’s best restaurants. Whether you are sharing with friends and family or just taking it easy with your partner, here is what to order.

Set the mood with music
First the mood. This sleek, groove-focused playlist is curated by Providoor specifically for entertaining at home. From current artists like Little Dragon, The Weeknd and Doja Cat to deeper retro cuts of Baccara and Chemise, it’s the perfect mood maker for a festive end of year party with your closest buddies.

Manta Restaurant & Bar Seafood Plate to share ($ 250, serving 2)
This stacked dish from Woolloomooloo’s Manta by the Water puts together some of Australia’s finest products. The centerpiece is a whole blue swimming crab, surrounded by a dozen oysters, eight pickled mussels, pippies, scallops, tiger prawns and a Moreton Bay bug. Put all that succulence together with homemade focaccia with cultured butter and a arugula salad with shaved parmesan for a fresh and bright meal that will properly anoint the new year.

Lotus Chi Grill Banquet ($ 215, 4 servers)
Lotus Dining Group added a new jewel to its crown in late 2020 with Chi by Lotus, a self-described “smoke palace” in Barangaroo. This themed banquet is taken from the restaurant’s deep menu of barbeque classics and includes signature skewers, honey barbeque char siu pork and four pieces each of grilled Westholm Wagyu beef, Riverina lamb, NSW pork belly, royal brown mushrooms and zucchini. Include some steamed bao buns, vinegar-soaked vegetables and a king shrimp batter and you have a Chinese feast you will soon forget.

Lotus Festive Banquet for Four ($ 79.50 pp)
Also on the Lotus front, this generous dinner for four is only available until New Year’s Eve. Think of it as a selection of greatest hits from the Lotus brand, with everything from steamed dumplings (both pork and chives and lobster and shrimp) to a whole fried ginger chicken and a wok-fried beef tenderloin with black pepper sauce. Sides include Lotus’ characteristic Brussels sprouts, fried chicken ice cream and two servings of spicy nuts, plus two bottles of the internal Australian rice beer (a collaboration with White Bay Beer Co) and two bottles with a Christmas-themed cocktail.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in collaboration with Providoor.

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