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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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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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Cafe Sydney

 

Cafe Sydney is located on top of the customs house at Circular Quay is has amazing views out over the harbour.  It gets quite busy so if you want a seat out on the terrace to get an unobstructed view book in advance.  As I look through my photos I realise I don’t have any pics of the view! No idea why I dint take any… Upon arrival at the time of booking we are told the table is not ready but you can have some drinks at the bar while you wait (feels like restaurants always say this to get more money put of people) anyway wasn’t too long and the table was ready.

The Moreton Bay Bugs are a nice start to the meal their light tasting flesh with a bit of lemon is beautiful.  I am told by the waiter that the chef preference is for pork to be rare, not something I have had before so I thought I would try it. Turned out to be a good choice the meat was very juicy and full of flavour, it didn’t taste rare only the pink colour gave it away.   Desert platter is a selection of 4 different deserts from there menu all of them were really nice, it’s a good choice for a group that doesn’t mind to share.

Amazing views , good food  bit expensive but they do have an entertainment card discount of 25%.

 

Moreton Bay bugs – Served chilled in the shell with mayonnaise and lemon $27

Crispy twice cooked pork belly with prosciutto wrapped pork fillet, savoy cabbage, prunes & jus $39

W.A. Barramundi with goat cheese ravioli, butternut pumpkin, pine nut, raisin and sage brown butter $39

Tarragon gnocchi with asparagus, yellow squash, roasted eggplant, truss tomato and Persian feta $32

Rocket and parmesan salad $9

Dessert Platter $45

 

Cafe Sydney

31 Alfred St – Sydney 2000

www.cafesydney.com

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