Posts tagged ‘beautiful views’

November 7, 2011


by minibites


With the emergence of daily deals and coupons, dining out is no longer reserved just for a special occasion but of a matter of expiry urgency. Nevertheless, daylight saving has kicked in and warmer nights, so it was perfect excuse (along with an expiring voucher) for a night overlooking the water.

Sugaroom is in a hidden nook of Pyrmont from a renovated sugar refinery site with gorgeous peaceful lookout onto the water. This part of Pyrmont is rarely explored so it’s not chaotic and parking is plentiful. Our voucher offer tonight is an awesome deal to taste test as it is for 3 courses from a shortened list off the a la carte.

SugaroomEntree; Shortcrust Tarte a l’onion w/ Wirlof, Blue cheese, Creme Fraiche

The first entree is an onion tart that’s surprisingly moist and, quite non-oniony at all. The shortcrust pastry encases a mince and onion mixture with a crispy crust to top it all off. The salad on the side, I don’t care so much as I’m tucking into this tomato salad…

SugaroomEntree; Tomato, Pickled Red Onion, Mozzarella and Pancetta Salad Basil Pistou

The tomato salad looks like a simpleton’s dish but it’s complex in flavours and textures. Perfectly red tomatoes act as the mini plate for soft mozzarella cheese, subtle picked red onions, ribbons of salty, crispy pancetta, drizzled with the best, ever, balsamic and olive oil and fresh basil. Perfect dish I’m hoping to replicate this Summer.

Main; Pan Roasted Dory, Fennel Fondant, Radish Salad

My choice for mains is the dory; and boy, if you’re a lover of crispy skinned fish, this dish is the way to go! The fish still breaks apart perfectly but the skin has the lovely crunch. And speaking of crunchiness, check out the super bright and yes, crunchy broccoli.

Main; Caramelised Pork Belly, Baby Bok Choy, Crispy Shallots

Next is our fatty piece of pork belly sandwiched between baby bok choy and shallots with drizzles of sticky, sweet caramelised sauce. The meat is deliciously tender and sweet but sadly missing a layer of oily pork crackling. Delish but I’d be prepared to share… (even though you’re never really meant to share pork belly).

Dessert; Chocolate Creme Brulee, Raspberry Marshmellow, Macerated Strawberries

Dessert; Passionfruit Pavolva, Chantilly Cream, Fairy Floss

And being at the Sugaroom, of course the night has to be topped off with sugary delights. The chocolate creme brulee is delicious but ordinary; definitely not as lavish as the passionfruit pavlova with tingles of sourness and sweetness, and super light melt in your mouth fairy floss.

Shop 2, 1 Harris St
Pyrmont, Sydney 

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October 23, 2009

Zeta Bar

by minibites

This little bar is located in the busy CBD but hidden away inside the Hilton Hotel. You arrive up the lift and you’re greeted by whispers of business men and women chatting away, laughing, deep warm glows from lit candles, plush leather couches and polished wooden floorboards. The view from the outdoor deck is amazing – as the sun sets, the light casts on the beautiful Queen Victoria Building and the building magically glows as you enjoy your cocktail.

Rose Blossom Foam, Raspberry Mule, Hemmingway Air, Asian Sling

The girls and I enjoy a cocktail each; Rose Blossom Foam, Raspberry Mule, Hemmingway Air and Asian Sling. Each cocktail is equally enjoyable in its own nature – although the presentation of my cocktail made me glee with delight. The Raspberry Mule is served on a platter served with a dish of homemade fizz powder, fresh raspberries and ginger beer.

The place is buzzing and it’s only a Thursday night – I have been advised to avoid Fridays if I don’t enjoy sitting down, long lines and bouncers.

Zeta Bar
Level 4, 488 George St
Hilton Hotel, Sydney

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