The Bentley Restaurant has a high rating of 4.3/5 on Zomato. I had high expectations coming here!The Bentley Restaurant is located within the Raddison Hotel which is located on the corner of Pitt and Hunter St in Sydney CBD. The Bentley Restaurant is perfect for a posh meal with someone special or a business lunch. They have some nice private rooms as well if you have a big group of people.
Chef Brett Savage who won 2015 SMH Chef of the Year and Nick Hildebrandt is the well known sommelier have done amazing things since starting the restaurant in 2006. I tried some delicious dishes on this occasion matched with some amazing wines from Italy.
To start off, I had the King Fish (below, $28) with Chinese lettuce, light soy, squid ink and wakame. The elegantly presented dish is fresh tasting as the King Fish is lightly seared and the accompanying soy, squid ink and wakame blobs are subtle flavours that don't take away from the King Fish.
For a palette cleanser, some people like a bit of champagne or sparkling wine. A lot of people would normally over look a prosecco as it's known for being a more for value and simple wine. I had the pleasure of trying the San Feletto Prosecco Superiore Brut which was very refreshing (Italian of course). I had a bit of the San Feltto Prosecco with the bread and butter. I'd recommend the San Feletto Prosecco!
I also enjoyed the Quail ($30, below) with smoked celery and white soy dressing. The Quail was a very clean dish with very subtle smokey flavours. The Quail is well paired with a glass of white wine. I also got to taste the Gerardo Cesari Spa Custoza (2014) and the Villa Mattielli Soave Classico (2014).
A side of salad to keep it light, the Scarlet Butter Lettuce (above, $12) with herb dressing which tasted like a mild wasabi herby mayo. It was quite beautiful for a side salad.
The highlight of the meal was the Wagyu Skirt Steak with broad beans, native plum (below and top photo $46). The steak was cooked perfectly and was nice and pink in the middle. The crusted top provided texture and slight crunch. To accompany the steak, I had the Societa Agricola Vignaita Venda Colli Euganei Rosso and the Colli Euganei Rosso Riserva. I quite liked the latter red wine as it complemented the steak well with earthy depths which danced on the tongue a little. This wine ages in oak barrels for 24 months then another 6 months in the bottle.
Mind you, I am not well educated in wine. Any knowledge so far has been via pure experience!
To add to the level of decadence, I had the selection of cheese $26 (above, for four cheeses). Who can resist a good blue vein cheese or a nice gouda cheese? Not me! It went down like a treat with the Passito Bianco Vento by Az. Agr. Cavalchina. For a slight hit of sugar, there was also the Violet ice cream on merigue with cocoa honeycomb and blueberry (below, $20). The dessert was so beautifully presented, I felt guilty about demolishing it.
Overall, I had such a pleasant experience at Bentley Restaurant. Such beautifully presented, clean and short portions of tasty food. It's a posh restaurant so you could easily spend up big over a meal. I'll have to come back after pay day. Bentley Restaurant's rating on Zomato is well deserved.
I've given you a preview of many exclusive Italian wines and while it's not imported in Australia, below is a list of places you can buy online
- San Feletto wines via www.xtrawine.com/
- Cavalchina wines via https://hedonism.co.uk
- Gerardo Cesari via www.amatos.com.au
- Vignalta wines via www.thewineconnection.com
Thank you so much to UNICA Communicazione for the invite. All words, photos and opinions are my own.