Let me now sincerely apologise for mocking people who take photos of their food; it’s the perfect way to capture the memory of a dish’s appearance, a way to ‘save it for later’ and droool all over the photo album. Since the produce is so fresh in Sydney, it would be treacherous not to eat out. During our time in Sydney, we ate mangoes and seafood in abundance and my parents downed bottles by the dozen. (!!) Clearly, this was an opportunity of a lifetime to take photos of food. (What else?)
Mozzarella, kale and tomato salad with balsamic vinaigrette
beef goulash (stew) at Metropolitan Cafe
Radishes at Harris Market
Pickled watermelon and curd salad. As peculiar as it sounds, it was absolutely delicious.
Our first night at Sydney. We were lucky enough to secure a booking at Farmhouse (King’s Cross). The restaurant was entirely nondescript, but the interior was incredible. The wooden ceiling was sloped just like a real house, with beams and rafters. We were all seated on a single, long table that could be folded up to let a person through. It was a really ingenious method of seating many people while keeping it cosy and comfortable. The atmosphere was very relaxed, and the restaurant owner Mike was very attentive and friendly. There were some wines on one side of the wall, and he helped us choose one called Massena. Pictured: smoked trout with pomegranate and lemon. My mom doesn’t eat chicken/turkey, and they were very accommodative of her dietary requests.
Halfway through our main course, served family-style: Christmas chicken with lemon sauce, rosemary and pomegranate with a herb-and-raspberry sauce, salad of quinoa and roasted pumpkin, and pickled watermelon with curd. I loved the way the food was served in a very comfortable and unpretentious way, which added to the actual enjoyment of the food.
Beetroot, rocket, feta and macadamia nut salad at the Opera House Bar
Fish and chips
Prawns at La Grillade in herb-lemon and wine butter sauce
Duck pate with berry jelly
Panna cotta with berry compote
Crab and lobster ravioli
Fresh oysters at some harbour
Fried risotto balls with seafood filling
Burrata pizza. Burrata cheese is made out of mozarella scraps and fresh cream, stuffed in a thin layer of mozzarella and then wrapped tightly in a ball.
Rocket and pancetta salad with apricots
Calamari. Probably one of the best I’ve ever had. The squid was juicy and tender, and not rubbery in the least. It had a pleasantly chewy texture that complemented the fried batter and the herbs, which had been fried to a crisp.
Malaysian curry. We weren’t expecting it to be so spicy! In Hong Kong, curries are usually toned down because of milder local palates and our inability to keep down heavy doses of spices. It was very aromatic though, and the naan was as light as a cloud.