We had a choice of a two course version or just with the pancakes for our Peking Duck. The meaty pancakes were very tasty and satisfied our duck cravings!Read More
One of their signature drinks - a “South Side” - was a mixture of Gin, lime and mint and the perfect freshener to start the night.Read More
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Spicy chicken won-tons with house chilli sauce. This hot steaming bowl arrived looking and tasting amazing.Read More
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84 Union St
We dropped in on the new kid on the block in Pyrmont. It's not hard to remember the name or the address - it's the same - 84 Union St. It's where Hogs Breath used to be.
The place has been turned into a bar/restaurant and it does have a nice indoor/outdoor feel to it. It's big too. The expansive indoor area seats a small army, and has a separate area at the back closer to the kitchen area. They have a good happy hour there too with some pretty decent discounts. The windows open out onto a terrace along the side of the building. They've kept things fairly minimalist but it works, creating a pleasant semi-tropical feel without overdoing it.
We decided to just choose from the share and tapas section of the menu and we started with the trio of pulled pork sliders.
They were buns packed full of braised marinated American pulled pork and slaw. The meat was rich and tasty and the slaw added a real tang.
These nicely browned pieces of grilled halloumi each sat on top of roasted red capsicum puree, tomato salsa, corn and extra virgin olive oil.
It was a pretty and tasty way to serve halloumi.
Our final dish was simply called - bread and three dips platter and it was probably the dish of the night. The dips were hummus, eggplant and beetroot and all three were in very big servings. In keeping with the oversized serving, there was a huge pile of toasted sourdough - they don't skimp. There was also a small bowl of roasted garlic and mixed marinated olives. It was all tasty and very substantial.
(inside Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour)
100 Murray St
The Ternary has parking underneath and it's also just across Pyrmont Bridge so access is extremely easy. Using the escalators to reach it - what strikes you is so impressive. It has a casual yet sophisticated atmosphere and the decor is light, modern and with awesome views of Sydney. Such a prime position!
Seeing the sights during daylight is spectacular and as the sun starts to set, the night time views of the city landscape with it's twinkling lights is absolutely magnificent. It really was relaxing, sitting there soaking up the wonderful views whilst enjoying a fabulous meal. You can even sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite beverage in their comfortable lounge area. The bar area too, is also great to have a drink or two.
This was light, fragrant and had a good kick. It was also fresh and vibrant. The basmati rice was so perfect with this dish - as was not a heavy type rice.
The sauce was great tasting and we loved the crispness of the capsicum.
We also had the mango crème brulee with popping candy on top served with mango sorbet. There was some fresh mango as well - yummo! This was a very refreshing dessert and the popping candy was an innovative addition. This was a fun but also a very enjoyable dessert.
Sir also sipped on a tasty dessert wine - a 2012 Frogmore Creek from Tasmania and a winery we've visited previously and enjoyed.
|Executive Chef Anthony Flowers|
We would like to thank Eric, Malin, Savanna, Josh and chef Ken for looking after us. We would also like to thank Chef Robin Rana for taking time out to talk to us. A very special thank you to Executive Chef Anthony Flowers for looking after us and for taking time out from his busy schedule to sit down with us and explain his wonderful vision and each of the dishes.
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of The Ternary, Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour and Accor. Special thanks to Scott Smith of Accor and Rachel Cameron of The Society Group.
55 Miller St
Made In Italy is a growing venture - with five restaurants across Sydney - quite an achievement since 2001 when their Pyrmont restaurant opened.
The focus is on quality ingredients to create good food, atmosphere and service.
We were taken with the warmth and friendliness of the place. Everyone seemed happy and enjoying themselves - customers and staff. The place had a real buzz to it. It's hard to miss the little Fiat inside the doorway - yes inside. Everyone new there stops to take a look - probably at first to see if it's real!
The place is popular so even though it's a decent size you do still need to book on busy nights like Fridays and Saturdays.
So - what to start with. Yes they do have the usual things you'd want to see on the menu for an Italian restaurant. You won't be disappointed.
We grabbed a few glasses to start with - Mlady had a fruity Lambrusco and Sir had a Nero D'avola - a nice medium bodied red from Sicily.
We then went for starters - beginning with a special of zucchini flowers stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, ricotta and anchovies - a tasty combo with the salty anchovies a great idea.
Next it was arancini with pumpkin and blue cheese - cheap at only $8 for five and again a quirky combination that went so well. These apparently sell out fast when available so order them quickly - even if you're deciding what else to get.
We decided on pizza and Mlady liked the look of the vegetarian option - which probably wouldn't have been Sir's first choice. He conceded reluctantly that it was very tasty and he actually enjoyed it. The base was lovely and thin with nice tangy tomato paste and toppings. It was served high on a stand which always looks good on a table.
We were going to have a pasta next but were persuaded to try the barramundi. What an amazing dish. The fish arrived at the table cooked and whole. Then our waiter delicately dismantled it right in front of us and served the boneless flesh with the accompanying potatoes, vegetables and sweet cherry tomatoes.
It was impressive to watch - like dinner and a show. It also had lovely flavours that made this a great recommendation and a must have!
We were lucky to get a platter with a cross-section of them - profiteroles, cheesecake, cream, ice cream, tiramisu and a few others.
We also had a couple of shots of their mandarincello - another must have!
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Made In Italy. Special thanks to Giorgio and Roberto for looking after us so well and to Claudia Checchi for arranging our visit.
117 Harris St
There's something about the old historic buildings of Pyrmont that creates a warmth and charm as they transport you back to a bygone era. Gallon is one of those places!
We were at Gallon for the Cake Wines matched campaign to sample the best of both worlds - some signature dishes at Gallon matched with some tasty drops from Cake Wines.
The high ceilings, lovely arch and stone wall down an entire side add to the old world feel. High shelves around the walls are adorned with nick knacks and there's even a bronzed pigs head protruding from the wall just inside the doorway. Gallon seats 236 comfortably - so its pretty big, but that includes the courtyard out the back, two areas that can be privately booked and seating out the front.
We arrived at Gallon feeling quite peckish and therefore we were eager to try a few dishes on the menu as there were some decent choices available.
We started with the half bocconcini ball drizzled with lemon and olive oil and accompanied with a decent serving of house made crisp bread.
The dish was simple but very effective.
We just cut chunks of bocconcini out of the ball and put them onto the crisp bread then scooped some of the lemon and olive oil mix onto it. Lovely.
This whole dish combined really well and it was fresh and very tasty.
As a result, Cake Wines have been matched with certain signature dishes from places around the country. This is certainly a great concept and we were happy to be involved. Our starters were matched with a lovely Cake Wines Rose from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. This wine was not too sweet or too dry so it was an easy drop to sip with plenty of taste and it was something most people could enjoy.
Who would have thought that this would all combine so well! Mlady looooved this!
We chose the Peking duck pizza which had sliced duck breast, hoisin sauce, plum sauce, garlic and shallots.
Hoisin sauce and duck meat are made for each other and this Peking duck pizza was testament to this.
Gallon seems like a small place when you walk in, but it keeps on flowing into other spaces and other rooms. They've cleverly converted what used to be stables out the back into a beautiful room that opens onto a lovely courtyard. It's a nicely decorated place that exudes old world charm. Almost all of their tasty food is made on site and can possibly be described as simple and quality food, but there is also a touch of adventure.
The drops from Cake Wines that were paired with our dishes at Gallon were both very tasty. They were well paired and each had great flavours. We hadn't tried Cake Wines before and we really enjoyed them.
Sir and Mlady dined as guests of Gallon and Cake Wines. Thanks to Lubos for looking after us so well, Julian for explaining where Gallon is heading and to Glen Cassidy, co-founder of Cake Wines for inviting us and arranging everything.
22 Union St
Cafe XXII is an old world building across the road from the new world of The Star. It's right on the corner - in fact the entrance doorway is literally on the corner.
It's a cosy, intimate place with lovely exposed stone walls from a bygone era. It's also a compilation of small rooms that join onto each other. The entrance room has some tables but down a short walkway are more rooms and therefore more tables.
The whole place has a charm about it that appeals as soon as you walk in the door. A memorable feature for us was that the service was impeccable throughout the whole evening.
We started with the mezze platter to share. It sounded attractive on the menu and looked and tasted just as good.
Described as a selection of cold meats, three cheese, olives and roast pimento it was a great starter.
It was all delicious and the platter also had a few grissini sticks on top as well. It was deceptively big and filling and cost $16.00 which was decent value for this.
Starter two to share was the tapas. It consisted of grilled Turkish bread with extra virgin olive oil and oregano served with a trio of homemade dips.
These were again extremely fresh and all very tasty. Mlady and I both loved the semi-dried tomato dip and agreed it was our favourite. The olive dip was also another winner too.
At only $11.00 it was good value for something to share among a couple or a group.
The "Pasta" was penne carbonara with sauteed bacon, onion, garlic, white wine, creme fraiche and finished with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese.
It was a good sized serving that was al dente and two in our group that ordered this dish both said that they loved it.
The meal cost $26.00.
I had the "Risotto" and it was excellent. It was described as chilli prawn risotto with olives, capsicum and red onion sauteed in garlic and chilli in a rich tomato concasse finished with spinach, basil and parsley.
There were plenty of plump juicy prawns in this dish - in fact more than you would normally get in a dish of this kind!
This filling meal was $29.00.
Mlady had the "Lasagne" - as she has often been known to do.
She said it was certainly nice but it could have perhaps had a bit more flavour.
Nevertheless she still finished it all so it must have been pretty good.
It was described in the entree section of the menu simply as Lasagne al forno and was a mere $19.00 which was excellent value.
Cafe XXII is a lovely place. The food was really good but on top of that the service was faultless - being both attentive, friendly and helpful in all the right ways. It's this "going the extra mile" that will ensure people come back again and again.
19 - 21 Pirrama St
Main number one was the line caught snapper, white curry sauce, king prawn, parsley mallum, date and tamarind. It came as two separate plates - one with the fish with prawn, date and parsley mallum topping, the other with a small jug of curry sauce, rice and wheat, parmesan and herbs. I couldn't resist just pouring all the curry sauce on top of the fish and watching it swim - if that's possible for cooked fish. This was a tasty dish and everything combined so well. The meal cost $42.00.
The final main course was the Cape grim eye fillet, sweet & sour glazed short rib, crisp shallot, ginger, mint. The photo here doesn't do this justice. If you're a huge carnivore then this may not be big enough for you - but it was still a decent sized serving, particularly with the rib side. This meal cost $42.00.
Flying Fish is a nice restaurant. It is in a lovely location with amazing views. the service is good, the food excellent, the prices not cheap but you get a quality meal here. Its a great spot for a special occasion.