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Fantastic dinner with friends @ the Riverview Hotel, Sydney

I would never have found this place if A didn’t suggest it. She found this restaurant one evening when she and her friends were on a pub crawl around Balmain. It has no connection with the Riverview School which both P1 (A’s husband) and P2 (who came up with the name of the blog)’s school.

It is actually a pub, restaurant on the 1st floor. It’s not a huge restaurant and menu is not extensive, a choice of 3 – 4 dish for each entrée, main and dessert, however, each dish sounded absolutely divine! I thought about the ‘trust the chef’ which consists of 5 courses for $75, however, everyone at the table must have it. However, not everyone wanted this, so we all just got our own entrée, main and dessert.

For entrees, I couldn’t go pass the zucchini flowers. I am a huge HUGE fan of zucchini flowers! A and I have tried making this before, with S, who was also at dinner. We all LOVE zucchini flowers and no guessing what we all had. In fact, 5 out of 6 diners that evening had the zucchini flowers w scallops, prawn, rocket and crab aioli. It again had me at ‘aioli’ – you all know my love for aioli. The zucchini flowers was lightly battered and deep fried, and was stuffed with scallops, prawn, served with rocket and crab aioli. The zucchini flowers was light and tasty, the crab aioli was creamy and divine! It was perfect with the rocket. The whole combination was just fantastic.

T, who is S’s fiancé, ordered something different. He ordered the wagyu beef cheek schnitzel, smoked onion puree, red cabbage, cauliflower piccalilli. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try and of this. I didn’t want to spoil my appetite for what’s to come. T did say that it was tender and delicious.

For mains, I couldn’t pass the pork belly – I am such a sucker for pork belly! Berkshire pork belly, brussel sprouts, ham hock and black pudding ravioli. I was also curious with the black pudding ravioli. I wasn’t sure what black pudding was, it tasted like meat! I wasn’t quite sure what to expect to tell you the truth. So when I googled it, black pudding is actually a type of sausage made by cooking blood or dried blood with a filler until it is thick enough to congeal when cooled, also known as blood sausage. It was interesting to say the least.

Now… the pork belly… OMG… the pork belly was tender and succulent and the pork crackle, was crispy and crunchy and cooked to perfection. It was simply divine! The ham cock, brussel sprouts was a great compliment – it gave it a nice flavour.

A had the roast dutton park duck breast and croquette with pickled pear and celeriac. I had a taste of the duck breast and it was incredibly tender. It was rich but absolutely tender!

P had the seared ocean trout, courgette spaghetti, black mussels, king prawn and chorizo. I didn’t have any of this as I was getting rather full. P did say that it was good, however, the ocean trout was a little too cooked. He said medium rare would definitely have been better, but it was still ‘good’.

T had the clare valley scotch fillet, pine mushrooms, pearl onion fondant, carrot puree and truffle mash. The scotch fillet was also tender and cooked to perfection. The truffle mash – divine! I love truffles… prior to our entrees being served, we had bread and truffle butter – and OMG – truffle butter… fantastic!

S had their special which was the rabbit pasta. Unfortunately photo is a little blurry but the rabbit pasta was fantastic. The pasta was cooked to perfection, the rabbit fantastic, and it had a hint of spiciness which was delicious.

We all enjoyed our mains! It was really good, P1 had the same as me – pork belly and he also enjoyed it.

By this stage we were all getting rather full! I have a really sweet tooth and really wanted some of the bread and butter pudding with treacle ice cream. Both P1 and P2 ordered this, and A and I shared one – I simply couldn’t eat a whole dessert but OMG, it was the creamiest, sweetest, moistest bread and butter pudding I have ever tasted! It was absolutely, incredibly fantastic. The caramel sauce was a perfect compliment. It was simply mouth watering!

T had the churros with walnut ice cream and chocolate sauce. I was too stuffed to try some but T did say that it was crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, and the chocolate sauce – deliciously sweet.

We were all STUFFED! I for one was absolutely satisfied and was deliciously happy. We had a great evening chatting and catching up. I got to know T better and I have to say, he has one fascinating job! It was a great catching up with everyone: A, P1, S, T and P2. Pity C, P2’s wife was not there – she would have also enjoyed the meal.

Will definitely come back and have the ‘trust the chef’ courses! It was definitely the best meal back this trip!

GA’s ratings: 9 / 10

The Riverview Hotel

29 Birchgrove Road

Balmain, 2041

Ph: +61 2 9810 1151

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  1. Frank Porbo
    May 18, 2010 at 2:15 am

    might take the wife here. food looks great!

    • May 18, 2010 at 2:16 am

      make sure you have the bread and butter pudding! its a great little gem.. its my new fav!

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