Dive into Middle Eastern-inspired dishes and lavish plates of mezze at Bar Tikram, coming soon to Darling Harbour.
Sydney’s dining landscape is changing. With the rise of bar-style dining, punters are choosing to sip and linger over multiple share-style plates and a few glasses of wine. While we’ll always hold a special place in our heart for decadent set menus and fine dining degustations, we’re welcoming this trend towards a more casual dining experience with open arms. And at this new casual bar-meets-restaurant concept, you’ll find just that.
Bar Tikram is the daring new venue about to launch on the foreshore of Darling Harbour at The Star Sydney. It’s an exciting new approach for the precinct, led by Executive Chef of BLACK Bar & Grill, Dany Karam. Taking inspired from Dany’s Lebanese roots, this is set to be one of the area’s most exciting new openings of 2020.
This new trend towards bar-style dining helped shape the experience diners can expect at Bar Tikram. “The casual dining scene has raised the bar in recent years with diners wanting relaxed, fun spaces to enjoy nibbles and drinks at their leisure,” reveals Dany. “The menu at Bar Tikram has been expertly curated for sharing so everyone can experience all the flavours and dishes on the menu with the hope that no guest will ever experience food envy while dining with us.”
In an effort to raise the profile of Middle Eastern-inspired dining in Sydney, Bar Tikram has curated an accessible menu of mezze-style eats designed to passed and shared among friends. Here, communal dining is a must. And to add a truly personal touch, Dany has taken inspiration from his mother’s recipes and cooking style to craft a menu of bold and fresh flavours.
“Everything on the menu at Bar Tikram has been created with the vibrancy and culture of the Middle East in mind. The bold colours, punchy flavours and flair of the space bring the energy of the Middle East,” tells Dany.
At the heart of Bar Tikram is the venue’s wood-fired oven, used to create their homemade flatbreads (crying out to be dipped into bowls of housemade dips, oils and small share plates). Expect aromatic hummus bi tahini, labneh, fattoush and more to feature heavily across the menu. As for Dany’s pick of the menu? “My personal favourites include the 9-hour braised lamb shoulder and fattoush. Plus, every dish will come with our specialty pickles which have been made by hand at Bar Tikram and were inspired by the pickles I had growing up as a child in Lebanon,” Dany explains.
As the name would suggest, Bar Tikram also know how to mix a well-made drink. Head to the outdoor bar to sip your way through cocktails, mocktails and more, all infused with punchy herbs and spices. Behind the bar, award-winning Bar Manager and mixologist, Behzad Nvaziri will ensure you find the perfect drink for your palette. Don’t miss the ‘Turkish Delight’ cocktail, a refreshing mix of rose water, coconut and vodka.
With so much to choose from, Dany recommends diners order as they go to soak in the full experience of this bustling new dining room. Set to swing open their doors on March 12th 2020, Bar Tikram is set to boast 130 seats spread between indoors and out. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of CHUUKA, Sokyo, BLACK Bar & Grill, Momofuku Seiōbo and more, Bar Tikram is an exciting new player in this thriving dining district.
Find Bar Tikram at the Ground Level of The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street. Open daily midday to late. Find out more here.