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Matt Moran

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Aria – Sydney

 

The last time I went to Aria was many years ago after reading the restaurant had a huge make over I decided to go check it out.  The renovated restaurant space looks fresh but not too different to the original, of course the amazing harbor views remain the same.

For the weekend lunch & dinner the  menu is 2 course $115 , three $145 & four $170 this includes salad and mash potatoes with so many appealing things on the menu I opted to go for the four courses.

The food is a little different to what you might expect from a restaurant of this caliber. No fancy gastronomic creations just simple dishes executed perfectly.  I really enjoyed the meal I had here. If you have not tried out the new Aira I would definitely recommend it.

 

 

 

Ibérico Jamón, white beetroot, macadamia, salt bush

Mud crab, kombucha, white Alba truffle

Champagne lobster french toast, sterling caviar, finger lime – favourite

Smoked duck, green almond, cherry

Roasted lamb loin, braised neck, labneh, cucumber

Mixed leaf salad

Mashed royal blue potato

John Dory, cauliflower, pipis, red dulse

Peach, ginger, lime meringue, yuzu sorbet – favourite

Banana and passionfruit soufflé

Pettit Fors 

 

Aria Restaurant – Matt Moran

1 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

http://www.ariarestaurant.com/sydney/
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Modern Australian

Chiswick – Woollahra

 

Chiswick is set on the grounds of Chiswick Park so it feels like you are in the middle of a garden , you forget that busy Ocean St Woollahra is right there. The space is open and airy with big windows looking out onto the grounds of the park. The food is simple modern Australian cooked using great fresh produce some of it from the restaurants on site garden.

 

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Crispy fried quail, shallot, ginger $24 – my favorite dish of the meal I could have eaten a couple of serving of them. The crispy texture with the quite strong spices make for an amazing dish.

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Garden radish, Hawkesbury goats curd $24

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Haramassa Kingfish $24

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Whole trout $64 – simple but very tasty! Im not normally a fan of trout as they have too many small bones to pick out. That as no problem as this one had all of the bones removed.

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Roasted Moran family lamb with tomato & mint $75 – the lamb really is a must order! The meat is so soft and tender it comes with knife for carving but its not needed as the meat just falls off the bone. Accompanied with mint sauce the two go together so well

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 Wood fired garlic bread with garden thyme $7

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Caramel parfait , peanut praline, peach $17

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Passion fruit pavlova with sorbet $17

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Chiswick

http://www.chiswickrestaurant.com.au/

65 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW

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Modern Australian

Aria

 

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
Sydney, 2000
www.ariarestaurant.com.au

 

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