A sunny day and a Friday is a great reason to find some good clients and have a lunch by the harbour. I had planned ahead and booked Aria which is a restaurant I had not been to for at least 18 months, no real reason just so many new ones to try. But I am alwayS impressed with this place which basically has not changed since it opened which must be 15 years ago.
The ambiance is quite special very posh and at the same time very relaxed. this is one place where you can have a romantic dinner date or a corporate lunch. It was also great to see some of the old favorites were still on the menu like the Duck and Pea Pie.
To start all 4 of us had the special entree which was a salmon sashimi with a tea smoked herbs , tapioca and wasabi with a jelly that I can't remember what it was. It was very good but I thought it could have had a little more taste.
For our main I could not go past the duck and pea pie which was better than I remember, great pastry a little sweet which I loved. Lots of shreded duck and peas in a moist pie. one had the pork belly which was an entree but had it as a main. The pork looked crispy and juicy and my guest commented on how well it was cooked. The other person had grilled Barramundi which was Also cooked to perfection. There was a good choice and something to please everyone.
I was not going to have desert but my guest wanted one so I had to take a bullet for him and have one myself. We both chose the passionfruit souffle which was to die for, literally. we finished off with coffee and petit fors which consisted of a co nut rough, raspberry jelly and a chocolate truffle.
This was an excellent lunch choice not only for the food but also for the view and for those who don't know where the restaurant is it is next door to the Opera house on Circular Quay, looking out at the best harbour in the world and the Harbour Bridge. What a way to spend Lunch on a sunny Friday.
May I surest you grab a friend, customer or anyone and head down to Aria for a magnificant experience. My score for both food and service, which by the way could not be faulted is 8/10.
ARIA Restaurant Sydney •
1 Macquarie Street, East Circular Quay, Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9252 2555