What a superb restaurant and view to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Ladies Wine & Food Society. The weather could not have been any better than the warm, early autumn day Sydney turned on. It was a great pleasure for 27 members and 24 guests to stand on the balcony of the restaurant and look at the wonderful view of the Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and the swimmers below in the North Sydney pool, whilst sipping on NV Charles Pelletier Grande Reserve Blanc de Blancs and enjoying canapes.
The occasion of the 50th anniversary was taken to award a certificate to 5 members of the society for their contribution to the service of the society and for the huge task of organising the Victor Gibson weekend in Sydney a few years ago. One of the 5 members was awarded Honorary Life Membership for her 27 years dedication to the society.
The entrees, served alternately, were :
Moreton Bay Bug, turnip, buckwheat, apple
Spatchcock, daikon, black garlic, eggplant
The Moreton Bay Bug was the more favourite of the entrees, even scoring some 10’s ! This entree was rated as perfect, with a delicate flavour and a charcoal finish.
The deboned breasts of spatchcock had a great meld of flavours but was considered too salty.
The main course was a choice of 3 :
Spanish Mackerel, beetroot jus, fennel pollen
Wagyu beef, porcini puree, salt baked leek
Lamb rump, goat curd, bok choy, orange
The Wagyu dish was the most favoured with great flavours on the plate. The spanish mackerel had been soaked in milk to take away the strong oily flavour and the resulting delicate taste of the fish was elevated by the beetroot jus. Unfortunately, the fish had been overcooked. The lamb dish was not selected by too many at this lunch.
The accompanying sides were – Cos lettuce, walnut, pane carasau, buttermilk dressing, and a favourite, Royal Blue roast potatoes, rosemary.
The desserts were served alternate as well :
Banana mousse, salted caramel, caffe latte gel
Warm chocolate cake, mixed berries
The desserts were evenly rated. The banana mousse had delicate flavours of caramel and banana with a hint of coffee. The warm chocolate cake was considered more of a fondant and was a strong chocolate dessert.
The wines on the day were :
2015 Aramis Chardonnay – Adelaide Hills, SA
2012 Aramis Shiraz – McLaren Vale, SA
2013 Cielo ‘Kasaura’ Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Italy
The wines were enjoyed and it was felt they matched well with the food. The Shiraz was appreciated much more than the Italian Montepulciano as the Italian wine was considered to be more acidic and did not present a great depth of taste.
An enjoyable day to celebrate a milestone occasion.