The Sydney Festival is here and French restaurant Cafe Ananas has a special menu available until the 29th January. For $55, you can order 3 courses off their special menu and also toast with a glass of champagne.
Cafe Ananas is located in Circular Quay and you could easily fail to find the entrance although they have bright lights that catch your attention. MW and I check out Cafe Ananas on a Friday night and by 7pm - the restaurant looks completely full. Luckily, we have a booking along with our other foodie friends Sweetandyummie and Snapshots of food.
If you are lucky, you can also get a nice glimpse of the Harbour Bridge from Cafe Ananas. Otherwise, the decore is quite eclectic with a classic European feel and look.
MW and I sit near the cheese platter and I start developing some serious hangry pangs.
But first, let's drink some champagne. I cheers to Sweetandyummie and snapshots of food as I haven't seen either since xmas and new year. We all eye off the special Sydney Festival menu and start ordering.
The most popular dish chosen by the group seems to be the ricotta ravioli. MW says it's a simple dish and is tasty. He is ravenous though so I can tell he was hoping for a larger portion.
I choose the beet salad which I think is probably the prettiest dish. There is a nice range of textures in this dish with the beetroot, quinoa and crunchy cracker elements.
It's Christie from Snapshots of food that goes for the classic tuna nicoise fancy salad (above).
For mains, the popular choice seems to be the wagyu steak with shallots, pepper and parsley. MW and both Matt and Christie from Snapshots of food order this dish. The meat looks incredibly tender from the outside. I taste some of MW's steak and it's really tender.
It's a smaller portion than anticipated which could improved with a small salad, vegetables or something. I would suggest ordering a side with the steak.
I order the fish aka the "Poisson Du Jour" with tomato fondue, tepenade and basil. The fish is really tasty and that tomato fondue really brings the dish together. I like it. Again, the portion is quite small and would be more like an entree.
If you are hangry, you should probably order the champagne risotto. Who can resist rice, cheese and champage? What a winning combination and it's probably the most filling.
We all devour some potato mash with our mains. It's creamy and smooth. For dessert, there's two options and the winner has to be that creme brulee. It's topped with a raspberry sorbet which surprisingly works really well.
The sweetness of the raspberry sorbet does not clash with the sugary custard from the creme brulee or sugary crunchy top.
If you don't like creme brulee, the other option is the sorbet.
Summary: For a touch of french cuisine during the Sydney Festival, why not check out the 3 course menu for $55 at Cafe Ananas. The food is delicious although you may need to order a few more sides if you are hungry
Price: $55 per person
Location: 2 Phillip St, Sydney CBD - Circular Quay
Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm daily
Weekend Food Escapes dined as guests of Zomato. All photos, opinions and words are my own.