I was at Tharens recently for Smily’s hens night. What can I say… It was one unique dining experience! It’s not quite the restaurant you would go to for an intimate dinner for two, but it hits the mark for birthdays, hens night and maybe even work functions.
Waitstaff alternates between characters such as Snow White, Alice from Wonderland, Dorothy and Queens of Hearts and diners are encouraged to join in the dress up with props such as wigs, hats and masks all supplied.
Tharen’s is a fantasy party world tucked within the heart of Sydney’s Kings Cross.
While the decor is gorgeous and really sets the scene for photos, the food was more or less average.
The Tharen’s Experience package is priced at $65 per person and includes a choice from 6 entrees (Taste Me menu) and 6 mains (Eat me menu); there’s bread, garden salad and vegetables as side dishes and even a bombe alaska for dessert.
I started with the tea smoked duck with shiitake mushroom and foie gras ravioli which was paired with spinach and a delicious caramelised blood orange reduction.
Main course options included pumpkin and ricotta cannelloni, roast veal, South Australian black mussels in a tomato bouillabaisse broth and salmon roulade on a vongole risotto. I had the hearty but not very exciting slow roast pork lasagne served with carrots, asparagus and sweet apple jus. I suspect the lasagne sheets were dumpling wrappers.
The dishes were cleared away by a Prince Charming (if only that happened in reality!) and flaming bombe alaskas are brought out.
All the camera flashes go off and the novelty cake is then whisked back into the kitchen and served moments later with a drizzle of choc syrup. The bombe alaska turns out just to be plain strawberry and vanilla icecream encased in a spongey cake and lathered with creamy meringue.
And soon enough, the carpeted dining room becomes a makeshift dance floor. All the hens parties join the lovely drag queen Prada Clutch in belting out a couple of Abba
tracks and the rest of the night is history…
Tharen’s Restaurant & Bar
13-15 Kellet Way, Kings Cross NSW
Phone: (02) 9326 9510