On a recent trip to Sydney, Mr.A and I went to dinner at Quay! We have been dreaming of going to Quay for years after seeing their famous Snow egg on Masterchef in 2010. While I wasn’t completely blown away by their savoury dishes, Quay’s desserts are PHENOMENAL and most definitely live up to the hype!
We dined at Quay on a Sunday evening in early March. Having recently been ranked as the 48th best restaurant in the world for 2013, as you can imagine, the restaurant books out months in advance so if you plan to go and have a specific weekend in mind, I definitely suggest organising a booking sooner rather than later. We were initially placed on a waitlist (in November for a March booking!) but ended up scoring one of the best tables in the restaurant! Quay is located in the Rocks and offers the most breathtaking views of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.
Mr.A and I both opted for the four course menu with matching wines. While the entrees and main dishes were very good, we couldn’t help but feel as though there were no real standout dishes amongst them. Don’t get me wrong, all the dishes were still presented beautifully and tasted great but we left feeling as though we have had better dishes at equivalent restaurants in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the lighting in the restaurant was pretty low so a warning that my photos aren’t great.
Native freshwater marron, pink turnips, radishes, house soured cream, organic rosehips
Congee of Northern Australian mud crab, fresh palm heart, egg yolk emulsion
Eight mushrooms, truffle custard, chestnut mushroom consommé
Hapuka, aniseed scented herbs, crème fraîche, Japanese white turnips, shaved Tasmanian squid, stems, leaves, petals
Finally it was time for dessert!!! Quay has become very famous for its desserts in recent years. In particular, they are very well known for their Snow Egg (featured on Masterchef) and their 8 textured chocolate cake. In the following youtube videos, Peter Gilmore talks through each of his signature desserts:
The desserts at Quay are all they are hyped to be and more (and trust me, we had really built up the Snow egg in our heads since seeing it on Masterchef a few years back). Mr.A ordered the Snow Egg (much to his delight, it was vanilla and plum flavoured – the flavour often changes) and I had the eight texture chocolate cake. Both desserts were completely out of this world and I think it would be worth coming here just to try them (unfortunately you can’t just come and order the desserts only). I usually don’t like fruity desserts but even I loved the Snow egg although I still preferred my chocolate cake (A felt the opposite as he is not big on chocolate – opposites attract? :)).
Plum and vanilla Snow egg
Eight texture chocolate cake
We had a very enjoyable experience at Quay. The service was great, the mains were good and the desserts were AMAZING!!! If for nothing else, I would highly recommend a visit to Quay just to try their desserts – you won’t regret it!