Modern Australian

Bennelong – Sydney Opera House

 

Bennelong has a  3-course al carte menu with sides of potatoes and salad for $130 or  $100 for 2 courses (lunch only). Considering the surrounds and the quality of the food, it is quite reasonable.

The space that the restaurant occupies is amazing ,with views of the city and harbour. The high ceilings that form the shape of the sail make it feel very grand and the restaurant seems much larger than it is.  As far as restaurant locations go, it doesn’t get any better than this.

In spite of the great views and service, I wasn’t blown away by the meal I had. Every dish was good but not amazing and the presentation at times needed some wow factor. The desserts , however were spectacular, Peter Gilmore’s eight textured chocolate cake (called chocolate cake from across the water on the menu) is something everyone should try at least once. The waiter adds the 8th texture by spooning hot chocolate sauce on top melting its way through the cake. Probably the best chocolate cake you will ever have. The crème caramel vs mille-feuille even after the high bar set by the chocolate cake is an  impressive dessert too.

All that said I would still come back as I would like to try a few other dishes from the menu and the location makes it a perfect place to bring out of town visitors to.

 

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Bread with house made butter

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Prawn raviolo organic radishes, fermented chili & prawn jus

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Fraser Island spanner crab white corn polenta, palm heart, fresh corn juice, crème fraîche

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Macleay Valley suckling pig confit organic carrots, pickled onions, black & white garlic

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Roasted Holmbrae duck sesame miso, snow peas, pickled daikon, seaweed, black vinegar, mirin, soy

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Salad

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Potatoes 

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Chocolate cake from across the water 

 

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Crème caramel vs mille-feuille

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Coffee with petit fors $7

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Sydney Opera House

www.bennelong.com.au

Bennelong Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Modern Australian

Berowra Waters Inn

 

Berowra Waters Inn is only accessible by boat or seaplane. When you make a reservation you are given a choice of two different wharfs where a boat will meet you and take you on a five or so minute trip out to the restaurant.  Its not that far from the wharf but it really does feel like you are miles from anywhere. The place its self is an old style stone building that has been modernised with floor to ceiling glass, every table in the place has a great view.

The menu does not describe the dishes it only states a few of the ingredients and that’s it , this leaves it all up to the imagination of what the dish will be. The presentation of all the dishes was amazing like little works of art on a plate. Each dish really did taste as good as it looked.

Dining at Berowra Waters Inn is a great experience, I highly recommend it.

 

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Bread

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Amuse-bouche

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Parfait, Liquorice , Beetroot

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Prawn, Jerusalem Artichoke 

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Chicken , Parmesan , Onion

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Lamb , Red Pepper, Aubergine

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Petit Four – 

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Silton , Celery , Walnut 

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Lemon , Berry , Basil

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Arrival of the seaplane

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Berowra Waters Inn – Via East and West Public Wharves Berowra Waters , NSW Australia

www.berowrawatersinn.com

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Modern Australian, Uncategorized

Firedoor – Surry Hills

 

To quote their own website “The kitchen will burn a collection of different woods daily to create coals that will then be used to enhance the natural characteristics of the ingredients” this is evident when tasting the dishes a smokey flavor of varying intensity is present in the food providing another layer of flavor.  The menu changes every day and consists of  20 or so simple dishes as you can see below most have only a few ingredients. The restaurant its self-has a modern open plan fit out with an open kitchen so you can see the chefs work the fire in the ovens and grills.

The chefs menu is very good value at $85 for which you get all this food you see here! I was surprised when dish after dish kept coming out all the time thinking that this must be the last one by the time the final savory dish of quail was presented I was so full that I could only bring myself to have a small portion. Another thing I like about chefs menus is that you get dishes that I would not otherwise order so it forces you to try new/different things and often its the dish I would not have ordered that I liked the most.

Firedoor is worthy of  the hype that it has received; the food , service and atmosphere are excellent. Well worth checking out if you have not yet done so.

 

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Wood fired bread with house butter and olive oil

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Smoked jersey curd with pickled vegetables

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Garfish , bagnet vert , nasturtium

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Grilled leaves , guanciale, walnut

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Sugar snaps on almond sauce

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Swordfish belly with fennel and blood orange

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Jurassic quail , radicchio toasted spelt

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Smoked parsnip ,apple , riesling

 

Firedoor -23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
http://www.firedoor.com.au/
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