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Monday, October 29, 2012

Botanic Garden Restaurant *

"An enchanting picturesque venue
offering open-air dining in exquisite natural surrounds. 
Its original 19th Century facade is paired with
sleek modern interiors, wide wisteria-draped verandahs 
and spectacular leafy harbour views."

Ideal setting for a special work function since the restaurant offered an understated elegance in lush surrounds. Guess I didn't mind working on a Sunday for once! Taking a leisurely stroll in the Royal Botanic Garden was a quaint way to end a busy weekend. The menu displayed a fresh interpretation on modern Australian cuisine, matched with professional friendly service. Being the designated driver I did not drink at the Halloween party last night, so I welcomed this opportunity to enjoy a few glasses of wine!

sourdough bread, evo & dukkah
(dukkah is an Egyptian mix of nuts, seeds, herbs & spices blended finely. addictive and kept me guessing as to what was in the recipe!)

baby spinach, beetroot & goats cheese salad
(literally three ingredients tossed together.
could be enhanced by a walnut dressing or lemon juice & olive oil)

Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Yealands Estate
(exuberant fruity profile of gooseberries, green pear & asparagus)

duck confit
white bean & toulouse sausage cassoulet
(standard duck. white beans seemed from the can, sausage were diced & quite bland)

roast lamb rump
caponata, lemon cous cous, basil & olives

chocolate marquise
pistachio anglaise

orange & cardamom brulee
(pretty presentation reflecting the sunshine on a plate)

espresso panna cotta
frangelico syrup


blue cheese, grapes, lavosh and chutney
(chutney of cooked raisins complemented the blue cheese well)

Michelton 'blackwood park' botrytis Reisling
(spectacular when paired with my cheese platter)

Botanic Garden Restaurant
Mrs Macquarie Road
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 9241 2419

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