This really is our favourite restaurant. Even on a rainy grey day in Sydney's supposed Summer!
Having just found out that a rental we had our hopes pinned on had gone, we needed a good very Dirty Martini in the lovely cocktail lounge.
We were then shown to our favourite table by the window with a banquette. Sitting there watching the huge swell and all the surfers was just amazing. It really is a lovely dining room.
We just had to start with the crispy fried Gamberetti with the best Aioli ever, eaten whole of course.
We then shared theRavioli al Marchigiano - Ravioli Filled with a Five Hour Ragu of Pork & Veal in a Burnt Butter & Sage Sauce, Finished with Black Truffle Pecorino. Amazing.
Hal had the Risotto, Coral Trout, Oregano, Tomato - which he thought was perfect.
I had what I believe was Hoki in a Sorrel, Parsley, Lemon Butter Sauce. It was very hard to understand the Italian waiter, and initially the fish sounded like Hakapau, but it was a New Zealand fish and one of several on the list of variety specials for the day and I suspect it was Hoki. I wanted something not too firm. The fish was perfectly cooked and just what I felt like, and the small side salad was sooo tasty and sharp. The sauce was served on the side so you could add as much or as little as you wanted.
We had to have their very special French Fries. Impossible to ignore,
and the Peas, Basil, Lemon, Fetta Salad. I love this salad, and again, impossible not to order.
All washed down (so to speak) with a delicious red - Parker Cabernet Sauvignon, 2007.
Hal being Hal (especially if the word meringue is included) had to order the Saffron Meringue, Lemon Curd, Sheep’s Yoghurt, Chianti Poached Strawberries, Gelato. Looked and tasted fabulous and very light. The meringue was incredible and filled with the Lemon Curd.We didn't eat the rose petals though.The poached Strawberries were very unusual, but lovely.
Again - another fabulous lunch. Still my favourite restaurant in Sydney. Highly Recommended. 10/10