We visited Quay on Christmas Eve 2015 whilst on our honeymoon in Sydney. This was our little Christmas present to each other and was somewhere we had wanted to visit since the day we knew we’d be going to Sydney!
To get us started was an amuse bouche – it was cold, it was green and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was but it was lovely and fresh, and a nice light start to the meal!
First up on the tasting menu was the raw Tasmanian striped trumpeter, smoked oyster cream & native coastal greens.
Second was raw smoked Blackmore wagyu, horseradish soured cream, fermented rye crisps & raw funghi.
Thirdly, we had southern uni, koshihikari rice, salted yolk, maw, sweet prawn, caterpillar mushrooms & umami broth.
Course four was the slow cooked abalone, smoked confit pig jowl, fermented shiitake chawanmushi, bamboo & koji cultured grains. I have to admit that the abalone was not for me. Although it is considered a delicacy in many places, the texture was a little rubbery for my taste.
The fifth course was steamed King George whiting, sea scallop, southern squid, white turnips, hatsuka radish & citrus anchovy butter.
The sixth course – and final savoury course – was the roasted masterstock duck, scorched pickled cucumber, sorrel, iceplant, agretti & karkalla.
Course seven – dessert number 1 – was a dish that Quay are famous for, the snow egg.
Lastly course eight – Cream, honey, almonds, muscovado, oloroso caramel & prune.
Of course no meal is complete without coffee (piccolo for me, flat white for him) and the coffee at Quay is served with the most beautiful petit fours. I do have to admit though that these didn’t all get eaten – the previous courses really had finished us off!
We also opted for matching wines with each course. Each wine was introduced by the fantastic sommelier – who I have to say made the night for us – and we were given a brief description of why the wine had been chosen to compliment that particular dish. Delicious & educational!
Another great thing about this restaurant has to be the view….
We were very lucky to get a table right at the far end of the restaurant which gave us great views of both the Sydney Opera House & the harbour bridge.
Not an experience that will be forgotten!
Link to Quay’s website is here