October 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm (Australian, Sydney)

Anyone of Asian descent can tell you that taking Asian parents to expensive restaurants tends to be a recipe for disaster. So the fact that Aria is the only restaurant my mum has actually asked me to make another booking for says a lot.

A booking for the pre-theatre session worked out perfectly as we were able to enjoy panoramic views of Sydney Harbour at dusk, whilst savouring our appetisers of chilled broccoli and mint soup with yoghurt and crispy bacon.

First starter; the popular peking duck consommé, with duck dumplings, abalone, enoki and shiitake mushrooms. The consomme was so intensely flavoured, mum’s been raving about it ever since.

Next, roasted scallops with shaved brussel sprout salad, pumpkin puree and raisin and caper dressing. Never thought I’d actually enjoy brussel sprouts haha but this converted me. (Looking forward to trying them deep fried at Porteno!)

For mains, steamed fillet of King salmon with braised witlof, Chinese artichokes, calamari and lemon sabayon.

Char-grilled Rangers Valley sirloin with a cauliflower and bacon croquette, roasted king brown mushrooms and a grain mustard sauce.

Poached spatchcock with bok-choy, cucumber, shiitake mushrooms and a coriander broth.  First time trying spatchcock and I definitely would be ordering it again.  It was worth the effort of getting around the tiny bones for the succulent morsels of meat.

Since we’d already decided to splurge, we also ordered a side of mashed potato, infused with Terrabianca truffle oil. It was smooth and buttery and… need I say more?

Desserts by Andrew Honeysett all sounded fantastic. When the dishes came out, they also looked (almost :P) too pretty to eat. For ma soeur, peach savarin, scented with white pepper, white peach puree, marscapone and amaretti biscuit.

For mum, custard tart with poached pears, nutmeg and ginger bread ice cream. Huge thumbs up for the ice cream 😀

As for me, I couldn’t possibly not pick a tempered chocolate dessert; ‘Valrhona Chocolate’- tempered Manjari chocolate with raspberries, brownie and cacao ice cream.

Dinner was wrapped up with complimentary petit fours; macadamia nougat, coffee lamingtons and chocolate truffles.

We then proceeded to walk off the incredible amount of food consumed whilst enjoying the night views of Circular Quay ^^


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1 Comment

  1. food porn-er @foodpornnation said,

    That is so true about Asian parents! LOL

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