Sunday, March 13, 2011

Quay Restaurant

A short stroll from Sydney's Circular Quay train station and boasting some of the best views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge is Quay. Head Chef, Peter Gilmore creates more than just innovative cuisine, it is a complete immersion of your senses.

There are two ways to enjoy Quay and they are via the eight dish, Tasting Menu at $220 per person or the four course menu (there are five choices per course) for $155. Ryan and I decided to go down the four course menu and every bite was just exquisite. Here are some photographs from the evening.

The Sea Pearls are a signature Quay dish comprising of crab, smoked eel, octopus, sea scallop and sashimi tuna. Enjoyment is gained from the taste, texture and finite details such as the delicate flowers and the ruffle of edible silver.

The second dish I selected was the Butter poached coturnix quail breast with pumpernickel, morel, ethical foie gras pudding, walnuts, quinoa, truffle custard and milk skin. This was an extremely rich, earthy dish but despite all the luxurious ingredients, they all worked together harmoniously.

Confit of Suffolk lamb loin, smoked white carrot cream, fennel infused milk curd, pantelleria capers, nasturtiums, green almonds and fennel pollen. This dish had to be one of my favourite mains in presentation. Though the butter soft lamb is the feature of this dish, I found the white heirloom carrots to be a striking feature.

Made famous by MasterChef, the White Nectarine Snow Egg was the dessert du jour for our table. The light white nectarine granita, crisp maltose tuiles made this dessert incredible.

Those who follow my blog know I am a harsh marker and it is with great pleasure that I announce Quay as Eats Food, Hates You's first five out five. Quay is worth the visit and if you have room in your suitcase it's well worth purchasing a signed coffee table book so you can relive the experience visually.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
Address: Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000.
Open: Lunch, Tuesday - Friday, 12 noon - 2:30pm. Dinner, Monday - Sunday, 6:00pm - 10:00pm.
Phone: (02) 9251 5600.
Price: Four course menu from $155.

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