For lunch Aria has an $85 three courses, $68 two & $42 one – options where you select dishes off the normal dining menu. To have the same meal I had at dinner would be $122 so it’ a good way to sample some of Matt Morans food at a lesser price.
The complimentary appetiser was a cauliflower soup type dish served in a small glass the waitress tells me it’s supposed to be sipped like a drink. I did not care much for the taste it was just like pureed cauliflower and I saw quite a few of this return to the kitchen unfinished. That was the only minor down side to what was a really nice lunch.
The scallop entrée was beautiful excellent presentation, tasted as good as it looked. It was a complete dish the soft scallops then the crunch of pistachios combined with the spice and sweet of the apricots. Duck consommé was rich in flavour with Shiitake, Enoki mushrooms and some abalone in a rich and clear consommé.
Truffled potato mash is very smooth and creamy. It has a hint of truffle flavour and is loaded with butter I’m sure it’s not too good for you but it’s hard to stop eating. For a side it’s large more than enough for two, in fact it could easily serve four.
Passionfruit soufflé was so light and airy, packed full of passionfruit flavour! Served in a copper pot that is straight out of the oven. Accompanied by a nice ice cream that complemented the soufflé well. The menu says to allow 20min for the desert to be made it didn’t seem to take that long to me, even if it did its well worth the wait.
The coffee comes with a generous selection of petit fours. There was chocolate truffle balls, meringue and a raspberry jelly square served on a long narrow wooden tray.
Scallops spiced and roasted with glazed witlof, pistachios and dried apricots
Peking duck consommé with duck dumplings, shaved abalone and mushrooms
Special of the day , lamb
Fish Special – Good looking dish!
Truffled potato mash $15
Passionfruit soufflé with white passionfruit ice cream
Coffee with petit fours $8.50
1 Macquarie St