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The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant VIP opening party

13 April 2011  The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant VIP opening  party photos and story; MiSociety

The Eight proves Aussies  still like to tuck into a good Chinese prawn dish
The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant attracted an almost ‘who’s who’ list of Sydney’s media and foodies for a special V.I.P. dinner to celebrate the opening of Sydney’s largest contemporary Chinese Restaurant.

Andrew Hornery (PS’ editor Saturday SMH) was on the scent of a tasty story as usual, but we fear the only titbits he would have gained here would have had to include the ‘Seared Diced Beef’ and the ‘Stir Fried King Prawns (both of which were delicious).

Kerri-Anne Kennerley caught up with her chum Carmen Duncan while Kate Fitzpatrick chatted over ‘old school matters’ with the Honorable Helen Sham-Ho, Mary Wong and Julie Singleton.

Robert Kok, Sydney Councilor and Paul Judge, Snr. Manager, NSW Regional Development were notables along with the ever vivacious Maria Venuti and her smartly  ‘red hatted’ daughter Bianca.   Guy Griffin, Sydney Magazine, table hopped along with representatives from the ‘Telegraph’ and ‘The Australian’.

MiSociety were fortunate ‘cookies’ to have Carol Selva Rajah, one of Australia’s most celebrated experts in Asian cuisine, at our table for her first hand culinary review.  Also seated with us was Chris Smith from radio station 2GB and Angela Hahas from the Australian Good Food Magazine.

Glenn Wheeler M.C’d proceedings in his usual congenial and fun style, while the other ‘Glen’, as in Glen-Marie Frost, chatted with the P.R. for ‘The Eight’, Deirdre O’Loghlin, who had expertly pulled in this most interesting crowd of invitees.

The number ‘eight’ is traditionally the Chinese number for prosperity and luck . ‘The Eight’ owners, Henry Tang and Chillie Poon, have left nothing to chance here by enlisting Hong Kong designer, Danny Chang, to cleverly weave the number ‘eight’ into the carpet and the red and gold decorative filigree adorning the walls.  The Eight, with its textured glass wall entrance,  has had quite a makeover since the days when the space was occupied by the old Kam Fook restaurant.

Henry Tang, while welcoming guests, light heartedly puzzled over how the road from his Town Planning days in Hong Kong has led him firstly to his other restaurants ‘Chilli and Spicy’ and ‘Zilver’ and now onto the mega 750 seat ‘The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant’.  Perhaps the enthusiastic support of his wife Chillie Poon, who wore the sash for Miss Hong Kong in 1996, may have helped a little.

The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Lvl 3, Market City, 9-13 Hay Street, Sydney.  Ph: 02 9282 9988

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Mary Wong, Kate Fitzpatrick, The Hon Helen Sham-Ho with (front) Julie Singleton - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Mary Wong, Kate Fitzpatrick, The Hon Helen Sham-Ho with (front) Julie Singleton - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Mary Wong, Kate Fitzpatrick, The Hon Helen Sham-Ho with (front) Julie Singleton - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Bianca Venuti-Hughes, Glenn Wheeler and Maria Venuti - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Bianca Venuti-Hughes, Glenn Wheeler and Maria Venuti - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Bianca Venuti-Hughes, Glenn Wheeler and Maria Venuti - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Carmen Duncan and Kerri-Anne Kennerley - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Carmen Duncan and Kerri-Anne Kennerley - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Carmen Duncan and Kerri-Anne Kennerley - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Chillie Poon and Henry Tang (owners The Eight) with Glenn Wheeler - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Chillie Poon and Henry Tang (owners The Eight) with Glenn Wheeler - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Chillie Poon and Henry Tang (owners The Eight) with Glenn Wheeler - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Skye Gowrie-Smith and Dean Marinopoulos - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Skye Gowrie-Smith and Dean Marinopoulos - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Skye Gowrie-Smith and Dean Marinopoulos - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Sydney

The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Sydney

The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Sydney

Glenn Wheeler introducing the Peking Duck course - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Glenn Wheeler introducing the Peking Duck course - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

Glenn Wheeler introducing the Peking Duck course - The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant Launch

The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Sydney - Table setting VIP Celebration Dinner

The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Sydney - Table setting VIP Celebration Dinner

The Eight Chinese Seafood Restaurant, Sydney - Table setting VIP Celebration Dinner

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