Quay, The Rocks

Ok, this post is a bit overdue… Just a bit… And by bit I mean… 6 months? My amaaaaaaazing brother shouted me for my birthday so this post had to make it to The Food Zoo eventually one day. The following dishes were shared a la carte though I’m sure the degustation would be just as amazing!

Complimentary bread & butter

Complimentary appetiser

Roasted Partridge Breast, Steamed Truffle Brioche, Confit Egg Yolk,
New Season White Walnuts, Fumet of Vin Jaune

Fragrant Jasmine Tea Poached Chicken, Shaved Hand Dived Sea Scallops,
Smoked White Eggplant Cream, Pea Blossoms perfumed with Korean Virgin Black Sesame Oil

Sashimi of Corner Inlet Rock Flathead,
Tasmanian Trumpeter, Salt Cured Wild Oyster Cream, Black Lipped Abalone,
Raw Sea Cabbage, Green Radish, Nasturtiums, Warrigals, Periwinkles

Berkshire Pig Jowl,Maltose Crackling ,
Prunes, Cauliflower Cream, Perfumed with Prune Kernel Oil

Poached Wagyu Beef, Oxtail,
Moral, Black Pudding, Farro, Buckwheat, Hazelnut, Ezekiel

The one and only… Quay’s Eight Texture Chocolate Cake


Guava snow egg

The Food Zoo experience: There is no doubt that Quay is famous for their dessert, the eight texture chocolate cake is so rich yet you can’t stop eating… The guava snow egg on the other hand was deliciously refreshing… The flavour of the granita changes seasonally but hell I’d be happy with any flavour. As for the rest of the menu, I have absolutely no clue what half the ingredients are but they definitely work extremely well together. Unfortunately Mister T. missed out due to work but I guess I’ll have to go again… Oh such a tough life!

Quay
Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Rocks 2000
T: (02) 9251 5600

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Sepia, Sydney

We ordered the lunch set menu which included 4 courses for $110 and for the first time ever, I would say it was fine-dining money well spent (although my money wasn’t really spent… ^o^)!

Lovely comfortable interiors, relaxed atmosphere perfect for all occasions from business lunches to romantic dinner dates (yes I will definitely be taking Mr TH very, very soon). The waitstaff were wonderful and down to earth – not the arrogant attitude one may often encounter at a fine dining restaurant… (not going to mention any names…)

“Scallop sushi” – Nori rolled scallop, pickled ginger, puffed sushi rice, avocado cream

Yummy scallops. If there are scallops on the menu, never fear – I’m all over it! These were delicious and perfectly seared. I know the exterior doesn’t look very appealing but they were delicious! Along with the avocado cream and pickled ginger. Absolutely amazing and I was blown away by how it was so delicately presented. Love that detail!

Butter poached cuttlefish, candied watermelon rind, ink bread, mandarin oil, plum wine and green tea

I’ve never found it most appealing when food is present with froth on the top. Regardless, I dug into the dish and noticed the strong mandarin taste which really added a tangy twist to the dish. The first time I actually had raw cuttlefish and now I’m hooked – was so fresh you would be able to feel it crunching in your mouth!

Roasted pasture fed Angus beef tenderloin, braised short rib, buffalo milk “tofu” sansho roasted quinoa, garlic flowers – medium cooked

I love it when steak is beautifully cooked – I get so nervous when I am asked how I would like my steak cooked. Sometimes I want medium and it comes out medium-rare. Other times I order medium-rare and it comes out well done. Well never fear, at Sepia, the steak was delivered exactly the way it was ordered. Our table had ordered both medium and medium-rare tenderloin and I was pleasantly surprised to find them both clearly distinguishable when they arrived. The “tofu” was a bit strange but I couldn’t have loved the garlic flowers more.

“Chocolate forest”
Soft chocolate, chestnut, elderflower cream, mandarin and bergamot sorbet, blackberry candy
green tea, licorice, chocolate twigs, crystallised lemon thyme

Chocolate paradise. There aren’t any better words to describe it! The soft chocolate in the description is actually a pile of rich chocolate mousse-like substance at the very bottom of an interesting pile of chocolate twigs all balanced out by strong flavoured fruity sorbet.

Overall I would highly recommend this place and can’t wait to go again!

 Sepia
201 Sussex St
Sydney 2000

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