Private Dining Takes Flight on Champagne Wings at Salon Prive


Dejeuner aux huitres

The Champagne & Oyster Lunch

Champagne is the king of wines and the wine of kings – universally recognised as one of France’s greatest gifts to civilization. Throughout the torrid twists and turns of the Champagne region’s bloody history, there runs a sparkling stream of bubbles connected to the power of the pioneering human spirit. Aside from this ancient wine’s delicious taste, the mysteries behind the bubbles are probably what makes champagne so fascinating to so many people the world over. Although initially a coronation wine, reserved for monks and monarchs, today champagne is an accessible luxury and finds its perfect foil in fine food.

Champagne Suppers fit for a king

Back in pre-revolutionary France, when Louis XV’s favourite mistress Madame de Pompadour famously declared “Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it”, she was in fact unintentionally spruiking a certain M. Moet’s champagnes (a role played today by Hollywood siren Scarlett Johansson). When ancien regime party princess La Pompadour passed on his majesty was so overwhelmed with grief that he decided to withdraw from public life. In order to console himself the French king took to holding ‘petits soupers au champagne’ (private suppers with champagne) in the royal apartments in Paris. Happily installed in regal comfort surrounded by bottles of champagne, the king entertained his favourites in sparkling style and commissioned two famous lively landscape paintings of his favourite beverage “Le dejeuner aux huitres” and “Le dejeuner au jambon” to decorate his private rooms. An invitation to one of Louis’s ‘petit soupers’ was a much coveted honour, and this is where Summit Restaurant’s modern interpretation of such an invitation ‘Salon Prive by Champagne Taittinger’ comes in.

Summit’s Salon Prive by Taittinger – the Ultimate Private Dining Invitation

Salon Prive is the result of a timely collaboration between renowned New York designer, Thomas Bucich, and award winning restaurant owner and chef Michael Moore (who is a long time collaborator and personal friend of the Taittinger family). Cleverly designed to provide absolute privacy whilst showcasing breathtaking 360 degree views of the entire city of Sydney and its magnificent harbour, mere words cannot convey what a perfect business or social environment in which to enjoy champagne, fine food and good company this special space provides…

Suitable for any intimate occasion(comfortably accommodating up to 30 sit down or 45 standing guests), this elegantly appointed private dining room features lush gold mohair, warm glowing panels and hand applied silver leaf walls, which sensuously combine to create a thoroughly relaxing ambience.  World class intoxicating views perceived through the lens of your sparkling flute of champagne are only matched by the finest bespoke lunch and dinner menus on offer in this intimate space. Salon Prive’s subtle decor somehow also manages to successfully compliment the external views at any time of day or night, which completes this hedonistic sensory experience. What’s more, upon arrival every guest is welcomed with a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve champagne and a signature matching canape – on the house. Now surely this must qualify as a heavenly taste?

L’Instant Taittinger

Salon Prive naming rights sponsor Champagne Taittinger is very much a modern 20th century winemaker, but the foundations of this prestigious house are amongst the oldest in Champagne(Fourneaux 1734 making it the third oldest Champagne house). During the first world war a young cavalry officer named Pierre Taittinger was stationed in Champagne at Chateau de La Marquettrie in Pierry near Epernay. He fell in love with the area and vowed to return one day, which he did in 1931. At that time Pierre was able to take advantage of the low land prices (caused by the Great Depression) to purchase a vast array of vineyards and so the house of Taittinger was born. The family’s passion for gastronomy is deeply rooted and Pierre’s son Claude accurately predicted the change in consumer tastes (post World War II) towards lighter less sweet styles of  champagne. In 1952 he launched a revolutionary new style – the distinctive “Taittinger Comtes de Champagne” 100% grand cru chardonnay champagne.  To celebrate the original house’s 250th anniversary in 1984, Claude Taittinger created the “Artist Collection Series”(beginning with the 1978 vintage). Today the house is still family run and the headquarters are located in Reims above the magnificent cellars of the Abbey of Saint Nicaise.

The house style at Taittinger is elegance with creamy richness and 50% of the grapes come from their own vineyards:

Region: 30 – 50 different crus within Champagne

Grape Variety: chardonnay (40%), pinot noir/pinot meunier (60%)

Tasting notes: brilliant golden straw colour with fine bubbles and a discreet and persistent mousse. Fruity and bready nose with aromas of peach and vanilla. Delicate aromatic palate with long lasting flavours of fresh apples and honey

For more information on Summit Restaurant’s Salon Prive contact Ashley Howarth: or visit

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2 Responses

  1. What an elegant and enjoyable post – I feel like I’ve gone on a mini-holiday! I want a special private dinner at Salon Prive!

    Thanks, CJ – love your posts!

  1. November 13, 2010

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