There are few restaurants in Sydney with a more iconic view than the Icebergs Dining Room in Bondi. On a bright sunny day it seems like the perfect spot from a long lunch. However everything other than the view did not meet my expectations. The service was friendly but unprofessional , the waiter had little knowledge of the menu and we repeatedly had to ask for drinks to be topped up and plates to be cleared off the table. Not the level of service and professionalism you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.
The food also did little to impress dish after dish just missed the mark and simply had no wow factor. I would not rate any dish better than OK and some were I wouldn’t say bad but totally uninspiring.
It just leaves me thinking how did this place ever get two hats?
Burrata alla Caprese $28 – locally produced burrata , Sorbello tomatoes, verjuice jelly, black olive and basil
Piatto di Salumi $39 – A Combination of Shaved Salumi, Olives, Pickles & Grissini
Maccheroni con Gamberoni $42 – organic durum maccheroni with king prawn pieces , safron & fragrant citrus.
Gnocchi Vongole $32 – Handmade gnocchi with spicy clam sauce & herbs
Costoletta di Maiale $48 – Marinated and grilled free range pork with pickled cherries & crackling
Tiramisu Special $50 – for a “special” dessert it certainly did not look like one, zero effort into the presentation if anything it looked a bit sloppy.
Cioccolato e Olio $22 – Zokoko 68% Chocolate & Olive Oil Mousse, Salted Caramel Crisp & Chocolate Sorbet. This dessert totally missed the mark for me , the olive oil taste was so strong it overpowered the other flavors and made the desert inedible. I passed it around the table and everyone else had the same opinion so it went uneaten.
View from the table
Icebergs swimming pool
ONE NOTTS AVENUE BONDI BEACH NSW 2026
Rockpool is Neil Perrys Sydney dining institution dating back to as the name states since 1989. The last time I had been to Rockpool was when it was located in The Rocks so it was a few years ago now. The Bridge St location is in an old grand building with high ceilings , a small mezzanine level upstairs with the bar & kitchen underneath it and like Neil Perry’s other restaurants quite dark inside certainly not the ideal lighting for photography.
I had this meal during Vivid where there was a special menu and eight course degustation for $90 where as the regular price is $175 for ten courses. So this was a few dishes short of a regular meal at Rockpool.
Chirashi zushi of snapper, kingfish, bonito and squid
Queensland Mud Crab with silken tofu & fermented vinegar
Prawn mousse ball on squid ink – If I had to pick a best dish this would be it , the flavors and textures go together so well. The crisp covering on the outside of the ball with the smooth & soft center.
Honey and spelt bread served with licorice & kombu butter and fresh ricotta with kale – this house baked sour dough was one of the best I have had in a long time & licorice & kombu butter made it hard to stop eating. I had to resist getting another one as I knew there was still more food to come.
South Australian lamb with buckwheat risotto
Riccota parfait with strawberries , almond and spliced lemon sorbet
Vacherin of pandan custard with coconut parfait , sorbet and lime granita
Date tart – this has been on the menu since since 1984
Sydney Harbour Bridge & Park Hyatt with the lights of Vivd
Outside the Museum of Contemporary Art looking towards the city
Sydney Opera House
11 Bridge Street, CBD, Sydney
Lp’S Quality Meats as the name suggest serves up a wide array of smoked and cured meats, fish is also on the menu with some non meat sides. Its in a lane way in Chippendale not really a place you would expect to find a restaurant or just walk by. All of the dishes I had were excellent, simple food done really well. If your in the mood for a meat meal I would defiantly check out Lp’S Quality Meats.
Vitello Tonnato $16- I did not know what this dish was so had to ask the waiter was told its cold sliced veal covered in a creamy sauce. Not something I have had before but I was in the mood for something new so I gave it a go. I’m not the biggest veal fan however this dish was great the meat was soft and full of flavor with out being overpowering. Glad I tried it and would defiantly order it again.
Coppa $15 – hard to go wrong with cured pork so good two servings were ordered.
15 Hr Smoked Beef Short Rib $38 – the meat was so soft it was just falling off the bone, with the meat has a strong smoked taste to it.
Pouding Chomuer with vanilla ice cream $14 – Super sweet tart a great way to finish off a meaty meal. The sweetness of the syrup is balanced with the creaminess of the iced cream, a simple but very tasty dessert.
LP'S QUALITY MEATS
UNIT 1, 16 CHIPPEN STREET, CHIPPENDALE
Ph: (02) 8399 0929 http://www.lpsqualitymeats.com/
TUESDAY to SATURDAY
Bar menu from 5pm Dinner from 6pm–11pm