Tasting notes – Quay, Sydney.
We had a sneaky long weekend planned in Sydney and decided to book a table at the famous restaurant. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a dinner booking for our dates so opted for a long lunch instead. This ended up being a blessing in disguise as we were able to snag one of the best tables in the house. We were seated smack bang in front of the Sydney Opera House with the Harbour Bridge to our left. This is definitely the restaurant to goto if you’re looking to impress someone! Our visit to Quay was prior to the restaurants refurbishment and introduction of their new menu.
Quay is quintessentially Sydney, with its view of Sydney icons and prime location at the Overseas Passenger terminal in Circular Quay. You can spend a lazy afternoon sipping wine and watching the boats float by. This is premium dining that delivers so much more than food. When you first sit down within the restaurant a sense of calm emanates as you stare out into the ocean and that iconic harbour view. The restaurant with its vibrant seaside decor, doesn’t pretend to be anything other than what it is. high class elegant dining at its finest.
On arrival we were informed we had a choice of a three or four course lunch menu. We decided to splurge and chose the four course menu. We were pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavour combinations within the dishes and the different textural profiles of each dish.
The amuse Bouche was a blend of different textures and flavours that burst in the mouth. Creamy, sweet, tangy, crunchy.
Sourdough bread is one of my favourites and this loaf was beautifully crusty. The accompaniments of the salt and butter added a perfect blend of fat and seasoning.
This dish was creamy, salty and earthy and packed full of umami. The walnuts helped to give some crunch to the otherwise creamy dish.
Lots of texture with a light and clean flavour that was well balanced.
This dish had a strong soy based umami and was probably my least favourite of the meal. The dish had a rich and strong flavour profile with a mix of crunchy and soft textures, king prawns were hidden under the rice. The dish was reminiscent of a deconstructed prawn cracker.
Lots of ginger and spices within the dish that were well balanced with the heartiness of the abalone.
A perfectly cooked cut of lamb that melted in your mouth in a light soy-based sauce. This dish brought to mind Japanese cuisine with its seaweed element. The crunchy greens helped to give the dish a textural depth.
A rich and perfectly cooked duck breast in a hearty xo sauce with pickled turnip and crunchy stone pot rice.
This dish was decadence on a plate. Smooth, rich and chocolatey!
This was completely different to the chocolate desert, it was sweet, refreshing and airy. The type of dessert you wished you could have more of!
All in all, this lunch at Quay was unforgettable not only for the beautiful food but also for the stunning location in circular quay. This restaurant is definitely worth a visit for its food and those stunning views!