GORGEOUS GORGEOUS VIEWS! AND THE FOOD IS LOVELY!!! Cafe Sydney is a gorgeous location for a special occasion with equally beautiful food.
I am treated for a special occasion at Cafe Sydney. It's known for having a great view and tasty Modern Australian food. It was a gorgeous day and I had a great view of the bridge and the water. I notice they have some naan bread on the menu and am immediately curious as there are no Indian-like dishes to complement the bread.
I order the spiced caramelised onion bread (below $4) which comes in a portion of 4 pieces. The bread is quite nice and the caramelised onion is very subtle. It's not spicy at all and would be a nice side dish or an additional dish to the entrees.
For entree I have the caramelised taleggio tart with beetroot, petit salad, beetroot puree and balsamic vinegar ($28, above photo). It's a light and delicate tart but all the components come together with the varied textures. Lovely.
Below is the seared scallops with skara bacon, white sausage, apple and cider caramel ($29, below). Bacon and scallops seems to be a great couple. The scallops taste fresh and lightly seared so the natural flavours come through. The cider caramel is light and does not dominate the flavours. What a sexy looking dish! It was simply tasty. Amazing.
For mains I order the beef tenderloin with greens, onion shells, and butter ($39, above). This main is cooked to perfection and is nice and pink in the middle. This dish is a posh but homely meal with a nice slatter of french butter that melts into the meat. The meat is very melt in your mouth. A great piece of meat.
I also taste a bit of the suckling pork belly with burnt peach, morcilla sausage, broccilini and apple balsamic ($39, below). The peach flavours go so well with the pork belly by adding a bit of sweetness. The crackling on top is crunchy and the pork is moist. Lovely! I'm having such a nice meal.
I am tempted to order the dessert platter ($50) but I really had my eye on the two desserts which weren't on the platter. I was eyeing off the chocolate brownie with caramelised macadamia, raspberries, cookie crumb and vanilla ice cream ($19) and secondly the Vanilla cheesecake with berry, coconut crumble and raspberry sorbet ($19).
These two are really crowd pleasers. The chocolate brownie is very enjoyable to eat, turning a classic and simple dessert and making it a bit posh with the caramelised macadamias, adding a bit of texture with cookie crumble and topped with a smooth and cool vanilla ice cream. Yum. Lick your lips!
The vanilla cheese cake (top photo and below) is also a simple and classic dessert, this time being presented in a deconstructed format so the fruit of strawberries, raspberry and blue berries and sorbet is on top with a top of crumble and the cheese cake part is at the bottom. I really like it.
I feel so spoilt and had such a lovely meal at Cafe Sydney. I could not stop looking at the beautiful view. What a great place for a fancy lunch. It was a bit busy and there were times where we were waiting to get some attention from the wait staff but they were always friendly and lovely.
I'd love to come back for more.
Prices: $100-140 per head
Location: 31 Alfred St, Sydney. Above custom's house in Circular Quay.
Summary: Lisa's Rating:
Food: 9/10 for fine dining
Customer Service: 7/10