Monday, 22 December 2014

An invitation to the VIP launch of Amanzi...

This weekend I was extremely honoured to be invited to the VIP launch night of an exciting new contemporary restaurant/bar in Liverpool. Amanzi restaurant is housed in what was formerly Newz bar and I was so thrilled to be invited to attend by PR maven Paul Knowles of PK PR 
I don’t know about you guys, but for me half the fun of going out is the process of getting ready, so I took my time doing my hair and makeup and choosing what to wear. I got dolled up in a little black dress and heels (of course!) and set off into the night feeling so excited!
From the offset it was an amazing evening, As soon as I arrived, I could tell I was in for a fantastic experience. There was a beautiful light display projected from the bar on to the outside of the buildings, giving a really exciting party feel to the night before I had even stepped inside. I gave my name (plus one!) to the friendly staff and once they checked that we were on the guest list we were ushered straight inside, to the lively bar area. The first impression I had was what an awesome and contemporary venue Amanzi is, having been completely redesigned from its old days as Newz Bar. New life has been breathed into the interior, and there is now a light and airy atmosphere to the whole space, with cosy areas of booth seating. The designers have certainly made sure that every detail has been thought of, from the stunning feature mirrors on the walls, to the quilted leather banquette seating. The open-plan bar and dining area has a stunning staircase at the back, leading to another intimate mezzanine bar. It is such an exclusive and luxurious venue, with the emphasis on elegance and style. 




There are two large downstairs bar areas, which were strikingly lit to show the vast array of drinks on offer. Champagne was being served in abundance, and I thought it was a really nice touch that there was ‘caviar’ in the glasses. These are little soluble pearls, similar to what is served in bubble tea, and they gave the champagne a hint of strawberry flavour. There was a great soundtrack of soul classics and dance music, provided by DJ Terry Samuels and there was a real party atmosphere, with photographers circulating to take pictures of all the glamorous people, who were soon dancing to the excellent music!
There are plenty of tables to sit at in the bar areas, and the restaurant has a spacious and modern atmosphere, with the staircase at the back proving to be an eye catching feature.




You can see into the kitchen at the back of the restaurant, through porthole style windows, which are a really cool feature. The chefs were busy making trays of amazing food to accompany the drinks and there were waiters circulating with delicious canapés all night. They were all so tasty and I can see that the food on offer at Amanzi  is going to be very special indeed. In fact, I may be lucky enough to review the main menu there soon, so stay tuned for that post!
During the launch party, there was an array of delicious morsels on offer, such as Brie Crostini, Smoked Salmon Blinis , Smoky BBQ Chicken Bruschetta and Strawberry and Marshmallow treats.


 The beautiful array of canapés on offer. 




The stunning restaurant area. 


Irresistible treats.

There is an incredible wine list at Amanzi, offering an array of exquisite choices. There is also an extensive cocktail list and I had one of my favourites, a classic Cosmopolitan , which was zesty and refreshing and served with an elegant twist of grapefruit peel. This is definitely the ideal place for a swish night out for dinner and cocktails with the girls, or with the man in your life. I had a wonderful time and I cannot wait to go back and sample the food.  The full a la carte menu will be available from mid-January, and for now there is a tasting menu on offer, featuring gourmet creations such as 'Pressing of ham hock with balsamic, caper berry and sweet pea salad' and 'brown shrimp and soft shell crab linguini'. Reservations can be made to: reservations@amanzirestaurants.co.uk or 0151 227 5557






Bubbles and dessert treats!



The beautiful festive garlands which adorned the mezzanine.



The intimate mezzanine bar.


A Cosmopolitan.


 Drinks and BBQ Chicken.


Sweet morsels!


 The restaurant and mezzanine level bar.



The DJ at work!


The stunning restaurant.

I am sure all of you ladies agree with me that the bathrooms are an important part of any restaurant/bar, and the bathrooms at Amanzi are absolutely immaculate, with chic green tiling and hand wash and hand cream provided on the sinks. It is the little things like this which really raise the standard of a restaurant and keep me coming back for more. Such impressive attention to detail demonstrates a really good attitude towards customer care, ensuring that everybody has the best experience possible. 



The ladies bathroom: immaculate and chic.


Lovely finishing touches of hand wash and hand lotion in the ladies bathroom.

The perfect place for a quick mirror selfie. Meow!


The Amanzi website promises that 'you will always be our special guest' and I must say, I agree! 
What an amazing evening, thank you so much to Paul Knowles for kindly inviting me and to the whole team involved in making it such a special evening and one which I will never forget! 

Do you guys have any favourite restaurants which you would recommend to me? I hope that you are all looking forward to an amazing Christmas. Remember, I love to read your sweet comments and I follow back my followers. 

Until next time, 
Camille 
xo.

34 comments:

  1. Looks like a great night - the bar looks very chic.

    Lizzie's Daily Blog

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    1. Thank you very much Lizzie, it was really good fun :)

      Camille xo

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  2. This place looks seriously amazing! Absolutely love the interior :)

    Style Sunrise ☀

    :)
    x

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    1. Thank you very much Karen, it is a fab venue for a night out :)

      Camille xo

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  3. What a stunning place. Their interior designer is extremely talented!
    Omnivogues

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    1. Thank you so much Raquel, I loved the interior design too :)

      Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  4. It looks fantastic! I'm sure you had a fabulous night!
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    1. Thank you very much Amber, it was a fun night :)

      Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  5. I love the decor - very contemporary. And those canapes...!! My sister lives in Liverpool so I'll have to put this on the list of places to check out next time I visit xo
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    1. Thank you very much Laura, it is definitely well worth going to Amanzi for an evening out when you visit your sister, lovely place :)

      Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  6. This looks like an amazing place! Cocktails are my favourite x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Thank you very much Alina, I love cocktails so much too!

      Merry Christmas :)

      Camille xo

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    1. Thank you very much Candice :)

      Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  8. Hello doll.
    I really like reading your blog. It would mean a lot to me if you would take a minute and check my blog and follow: Nika's Beauty Land

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    1. Thank you very much, I will go and check out your blog and follow!

      Merry Christmas :)

      Camille xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  10. Great photos!


    http://helderschicplace.blogspot.com/2014/12/almost-christmas.html

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    1. Thank you very much, I am so glad you enjoyed them :)

      Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  11. Oooh, that restaurant looks amazing!
    xo
    styleontheside.com

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    1. Thank you very much, it is an amazing place :)

      Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  12. Damn girl you got some really great pictures! That's so cool to get invited to an event like that, everything looks so fancy and luxurious and just wonderful.

    Z. | J. POTTER

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    1. Thank you very much, so sweet of you. I am glad you liked the pictures :)

      Merry Christmas!

      Camille xo

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  13. The food looks so tasty!


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    1. Thank you so much, Merry Christmas :)

      Camille xo

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  14. Looks like a really cool event!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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    1. Thank you very much, it was a lot of fun! Merry Christmas :)

      Camille xo

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  15. looks like a great place for some great food! cozy environment too! =D

    haha malacca still looks the same as my uni year there! haha

    Merry Christmas! =D
    I'm 25 already!!

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    1. Thank you very much, it really is a great place :)) I hope you have a Merry Christmas Henry!

      Camille xo

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  16. I love the lighting in Amanzi and I agree that bathrooms are super important! Have a lovely Christmas

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. Thank you very much, the lighting was great and I agree, bathrooms can really make or break a night out!

      Have a super Christmas and thank you for dropping by!

      Camille xo

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  17. Love that green glass tile in the bathroom! Also the champagne "caviar" is such a good idea. I wonder where you get that?

    COOCOO FOR COCO

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    1. Thank you very much, I loved the tiles. I know, I would love to be able to buy some 'caviar' for use in drinks at home!

      Merry Christmas Colleen :)

      Camille xo

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