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.

Tharen's Restaurant and Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney - dress up

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.

Tharen's Restaurant and Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney - Taste Me entree of tea smoked duck with shiitake mushroom and foie gras ravioli, spinach and 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.

Tharen's Restaurant and Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney - Eat Me main course of slow roast pork lasagne with carrots, asparagus and sweet apple jus

Tharen's Restaurant and Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney - side dish of vegies and potatoes

The dishes were cleared away by a Prince Charming (if only that happened in reality!) and flaming bombe alaskas are brought out.

Tharen's Restaurant and Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney - cake and entertainment

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.

Tharen's Restaurant and Bar, Kings Cross, Sydney - bombe alaska

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…


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Tharen’s Restaurant & Bar

13-15 Kellet Way, Kings Cross NSW

Phone: (02) 9326 9510

Web: www.tharens.com.au

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.