Okay, I know I’ve been away a few days but I promise there’s a good reason.  This weekend we went to Sydney.  Not just for the hell of it, although that would have been a good reason because I forgot how nice it is to visit Sydney.  But we went with a specific purpose.  You see, we had booked to go on a scenic flight of Antarctica.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Antarctica.  And tomorrow, when I have finished going through the photos and editing them for public viewing, I will show them to you.  But for now, I want to talk about dinner.  Yes, when I’m not buying shoes I’m eating.  Obsessed, me?

Anyway.  When we knew we were going to Sydney we thought we should go out for a nice dinner.  So I rang Tetsuya’s for a reservation, only they were booked out.  This was FOUR months ago.  So I asked some Sydney people for a recommendation, and I was told to try Quay.  So to Quay we went, because they were very happy to take my booking.  And oh my, was it worth it.

Quay has been voted Restaurant of the Year in Sydney for the past two years by Australian Gourmet Traveller, among others.  We had high hopes.

We arrived at our scheduled time of 7pm, and were escorted up the stairs to our table.  Overlooking the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.  Wonderful.  We ordered a bottle of champagne (Louis Roderer Cristal, for those keeping track) and considered the menu.  I had a hard time choosing what to eat, but here were my selections.

I apologise in advance for the quality of the photos.  They were taken with the iPhone in the dark.

For entree, I had the Sea Pearls.

Quay 01

Tuna sashimi, aquaculture caviar, sea scallop, smoked eel, octopus, mud crab and abalone. Sounds unusual. Tasted amazing.

For second entree, I had the Five Tastes of Lobster.

Quay 02

Don’t even ask me what was in it, but the little pot on the right (above) had lobster consomme with lobster flavoured custard underneath. Not a clue how they did it. Delicious.

For my main meal, I had Crisp Pressed Duck Confit.

Quay 03

Words fail me. Sensational.

For dessert, I had something called the White Peach Snow Egg. Don’t ask me, I was intrigued by the name and just had to try it. So glad I did.

Quay 04

That white thing in the middle?   A crispy shell covering peach flavoured meringue with some sort of icecream (yellow, so it looked like an egg) inside.  With peach granita and something else, I don’t know because I’m not a chef and clearly not a great food writer either.

All I can tell you, is that if you go to Sydney and you want to eat some sensational food in a beautiful setting, go to Quay.  It will be so worth it.

By the way, I wore my Louboutins and I definitely had the best dressed feet there.  Seriously.

6 responses to “Quay

  1. Barb at WillThink4Wine January 26, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Gosh. I really, really, REALLY miss my wine club now. I belonged to the Wine Tasters Guild for about 15 years in Florida. We had wine pairing dinners at 4 or 5 star restaurants 10 out of 12 months of the year, and 1 -3 tastings per month.

    I *assumed* the reasonably large city (50,000 people) that I moved to here in Georgia would also have a WTG. Um. No. There is absolutely nothing like that here.

    Now I’m even more depressed about that. ::sigh::

  2. Steve & Kat January 26, 2010 at 6:26 am

    The Sea Pearls are so pretty! Everything is well plated, but the pearls are the best!

  3. Shmoo January 26, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Was that filling? It all looks so very teeny tiny, intriguing, but itty bitty… probably a lot better than the craptastic baked until all manner of water was sucked out of it chicken that we had at my company’s “holiday” party after holiday season.

  4. Denise January 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Hey, I loved your blog, the way you write, congratulations! I used your questionnaire, as you said we readers could use it… thank you!

  5. Milo and Alfie January 29, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    They certainly presented the food well. If and when I get to Sydney, I will go there!

    Jan x

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