On our second to last night in Sydney, we headed over the harbour bridge to Cremorne for dinner at a friends restaurant.
Greeted with champagne & seated at the bar, we let the chef decide our dishes and just sat back and waited to see what arrived – we certainly weren’t disappointed!
Both the bar area & restaurant are really welcoming and relaxed, whilst still having an upmarket feel, and even on a week day night when we visited the place was full which is always a good sign.
So on to the food – in Australia they like a sharing approach to food so all the dishes you see below were shared between us. First up was textures of gazpacho – a wonderfully fresh salad of mixed tomatoes with a goats cheese puree
Prawn carpaccio, marinated in coffee (sounds strange – seriously worked!) with pine nuts & micro herbs
Kingfish ceviche with peanut crumb
Kangaroo, sprouting broccoli with hazelnuts & beetroot salad – the husband had always avoided beetroot until this point but is now a total convert! The kangaroo was beautifully tender & melted in the mouth, and went really well with the fresh greens & earthy beetroot
Last of the mains was roasted lettuce & marinated steak with greens
And finally we went for a cheese board – just the right choice of blue, soft & hard cheeses, accompanied by crackers, chutney, grapes & sweet apple
Stuffed to the gills, we decided to eschew dessert in favour of heading into the city for champagne…..
If you’re in Sydney I’d highly recommend a visit to Barrel for beautifully cooked, imaginative fresh food, great wines and even better hosts!
Visit Barrel Bar’s website here