Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Quay - the perfect place to say I do

Quay had always been hovering at the top of my wish list, so you can easily imagine how excited I was when one of my bestie Lulu confirmed she was getting married… at Quay!!!

Quay is number 26 on S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurants list and named the Best Restaurant in Australasia in 2011. Led by Executive Chef Peter Gilmore, it is awarded the prestigious three hat status for nine years in a row. I can safely say they are definitely doing something (if not everything) right!

When we entered into the restaurant, the first thing that stroked us (besides the beautiful bride of course) was the magnificent view sweeping from the Harbour Bridge to the Opera House. The floor to ceiling glass walls allow us to bask in the spectacular view as well as letting in plenty of natural light for great photos. 

The day started off rainy - fortunately not for too long.

The red and white building in the photo above is "Greenhouse" - a temporary, eco-friendly restaurant that promotes sustainable food. It had a 10-week season at Circular Quay that certainly made an impression.

See how the sky cleared up!
 I'm sure it's God's blessing to Lulu and her hubby :)

Second thing we noticed were the lovely decorations Lulu’s sister-in-law organised. 
Our table, beautifully decorated.

Artfully designed menu for today’s lunch

Lulu sourced these gorgeous duo colour macarons from Adriano Zumbo. I love the idea of having a sweet start to the meal!

Toasted Marshmallow Macaron
Macadamia and Mango Macaron

Yummy warm bread – very crispy and chewy
Sashimi of Hiramasa kingfish, pickled kohlrabi, horseradish cream, octopus,
tapioca, nasturtiums, rocket flowers

All the dishes were beautiful and delicate in taste and in presentation. Worthy to note was the entree of roasted sea scallops, which was absolutely delightful. Quay has its own organic farm so the vegetables on the plate were fresh and vibrate. 

L Loves... Roasted sea scallops, lime creme fraiche, asparagus, 
fennel, spring onions, leek, lemon jam dressing

Roasted fillet of pure angus beef, truffle infused potato puree,
baby spinach, bitter chocolate black pudding crumbs, morels

Mel and I agreed to share the mains and desserts so that we could get a tasting of each. I enjoyed the two mains equally - the beef was cooked perfectly, and the pork belly was the melt-in-your-mouth kind. 

Roasted pork belly, cauliflower cream, hazelnuts, prunes

Fresh lychees with coconut granita and rose scented milk ice cream

L Loves... Quay's Seven Texture Valrhona chocolate cake

I’m not a huge chocolate fan but Quay’s seven texture chocolate cake had definitely won me over! 

The first bite… it was smooth, rich, soft, moist and chocolaty...
The second bite… it was crunchy, solid, nutty and unbelievably good!
I see clearly why it’s one of Quay's signature desserts! 
(Note that this dessert is normally referred to as eight-texture chocolate cake, but for big functions they do not serve the eighth layer, which is a hot chocolate sauce that they drizzle on the cake at the table.)

A closer look at the cracking dessert!!!

Petite Fours
White chocolate truffle with hazelnut praline
Dark chocolate truffle with orange fondant

Tea to finish off a wonderful lunch reception.

I had an amazing time at Quay - it was a day filled with laughter, love and good food! Big congrats to the beautiful new couple Lulu & Jo and thanks for the perfect opportunity to visit Quay ^o^ 

L's Verdict:
  • Taste: 9/10
  •  Ambience: 5/5 
  •  Value: 3/5
  •  Service: 4/5 
  • Creativity and other WOW factors: 3/5  

Overall rating: 24/30

Quay Restaurant
Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000
Open: Tuesday - Friday, 12 noon - 2:30pm
Monday - Sunday, 6 - 10pm
Ph: (02) 9251 5600

Visited March 2011

Friendly advice: Quay accepts reservations as far as 6 months in advance, so if you have a special occasion coming up, make sure to book ahead. And oh, don't forget to try the eight-texture chocolate cake!

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  1. WOW i really need to try that eight texture chocolate cake!! must have been a super nice reception there

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  3. Yes it was an absolutely amazing day and you should definitely fly over here just for the chocolate cake Cici :P