Aqua Dining, Sydney

Our visit to Aqua Dining was on New Year’s Eve 2015 and I can honestly say was the best New Year’s we’ve ever had!

From the outside itlooks very unassuming….

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But head down the steps and this is the view you are greeted with when you walk into the restaurant…

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Pretty special right?! The restaurant is actually on one side of an Olympic swimming pool, with it’s sister restaurant Ripples at the other end. A very ususual setting but it definitely gave us something to talk about – especially as the pool & spectators stands were full of people waiting to see the 9pm fireworks!

As it was New Years we had a set tasting menu and a HUGE list of champagne & wine, plus beers and soft drinks to choose from that were all included in the price (this may or may not have contributed to the less-than-fresh feeling the next day….)

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First up – Sydney rock oysters with ponzu & lychee (fabulously sweet and I am going to say my favourite oysters ever), black garlic rice chips with anchovy emulsion & smoked paprika (literally light as air, smoky from the paprika and salty & rich from the anchovy) and green asparagus with lemon hollandaise. You will also see below a good old chunk of sour dough bread – kind of a staple in every restaurant over there is seems!

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Second course consisted of scallops, white sesame, cherries & puffed quinoa.

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The sun had started to set by the time the third course was on its way…..

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….and when it arrived, we were not disappointed! Huge, juicy, succulent Moreton Bay bugs with celeriac, horseradish & samphire. I was pleased to see that the samphire was in pureed form as I’m not the biggest fan. The bugs were to.die.for. Favourite dish of the night!

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Fourth was agnolotti, smoked trout, creme fraiche and aruga caviar.

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The fifth course was wagyu sirloin, porcini puree, leek & white balsamic gel.

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Course six took us on to the sweets – yoghurt parfait, sorrel & liquorice snow. The parfait was quite sour – not in an off-way, but in a natural-yoghurt way.

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And finally Brillat-Savarin (a triple cream dessert cheese), freeze dried raspberry, celery & pecan.

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Full to bursting & a little bit tipsy, we saw in the New Year with the best fireworks in the world!

Aqua is a must-do if you’re in Sydney – our meal was spectacular!

Link to Aqua Dining website is here.

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