For my 24th, the lovely missus took me out for dinner at the lovely Cafe Sydney up above Customs House. The restaurant has a very nice ambience as you walk in and the view is fantastic! It overlooks the Harbour bridge and Circular Quay and makes the dining experience something special.
It was a major surprise as she was adamant to keep the venue a secret and upon arriving, I was pleasantly surprised.
Food wise, for entrees we had the seared scallops cacciatore, this was seriously yum, the scallops were cooked to perfection with a nice smokey flavour while the various tidbits of bacon, mustard seeds and puree added excellent flavours and texture.
We accompanied this with the tomato and buffalo mozzarella salad, plenty of flavour here from the pesto and balsamic vinegar which really pulled all the flavours together.
On the side was the spiced caramelised onion naan which was very nice, flavour wasn’t overpowering and the texture had slight crisp on the outside but still flakey soft on the inside.
Mains was a tough choice, I had the twice cooked duck leg which was a delight, the meat was so soft and fell off the bone. The jus, beetroot and figs were a nice touch to break up the meaty flavours with something more fruity.
The missus would have the crispy berkshire pork and pork loin which was complimented with sweet potato, prunes and pine nuts. The crispy pork was a winner, however the pork loin was dry and overcooked. Flavours are nice, but overcooked pork is never great.
We had a serving of mashed potato on the side which was just divine, it was so smooth and airy, the texture was amazing.
The alcoholics in us would order a cocktail each, a ‘Purple rain’ which was gin based with berry and violet liquor, TMD lavender liquor and lychee, this one had a punchy taste to it but I wasn’t the biggest fan. The other was a Lychee Zombie, which despite the sinister name was very yummy. Rum based but full of fruity flavours like lime, pineapple, orange and lychee, definitely did like this one.
Dessert was warm raspberry pudding with poached rhubarb, vanilla custard and raspberry ice cream. Not much to say other than yum! The warmth and softness of the pudding against the cold ice cream just melts in your mouth and the raspberry makes it a bit like a party in your mouth.
The missus would have her buttermilk pannacotta which was also very tasty, great texture and not overly soft.
Overall it was a fantastic dinner and the ambience and view from the restaurant is fantastic for an intimate dinner. For those that like to lounge around, the bar/lounge area looks fantastic.
It was amazing dinner and way to celebrate my 24th with the most amazing person in the world.