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Lunch at Flying Fish, Pyrmont

Melbourne cup day, a day known as ‘the race that stops a nation’, a race for three-year-olds and over, over a distance of 3,200metres. Event is held on the first Tuesday in November by the Victoria Racing club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

It is also a day of fashion, for the ladies and as well as men. The ladies are all dressed up in their gorgeous, fancy, designer dresses with either their elegant hats or fascinator.

We were fortunate enough to go to lunch, one of the girls at work picked the Flying Fish. Situated at the very end of Jones Bay Wharf, Flying Fish offers diners spectacular views of the Harbour and East Balmain. The restaurant is split over two levels, and we were fortunate enough to sit upstairs and enjoy the magnificent view.

I am not usually very open about taking photos when I am out for lunch with work colleagues, but this was different and it was a special occasion. I haven’t been to Flying Fish for a while now, however, I was happy to give it another go, as the first time, I wasn’t totally and utterly blown away.

I was looking forward to the degustation menu, however, that was not on offer that day. So a la carte it was!

Everyone arrived at different times, and whilst waiting, we were served with white bread roll. I have to say, the bread was warm, fluffy, moist, and slithered with butter, it was absolutely fantastic! I love fresh bread, and this bread I LOVED! I could have probably eaten three on my own, but I wanted to save room for the feast to come.

After much perusing the menu for quite some time, I opted for seared yellow fin tuna with ruby red grapefruit, sweet crackling pork and black pepper caramel. Yes – it had me at ‘sweet crackling pork’. The presentation was magnificent. Did it taste as good as it looked? Better! The perfectly seared tuna was fresh, and delicious. The slightly saltiness of the pork crackling was brilliant and a great complement.  The black pepper caramel with a hint of chili was just divine. The combination of the flavours was just fantastic. It was that good!

I sat next to D, and he had ocean trout, confit of Petuna ocean trout with puffed quinoa, sheep’s milk yoghurt and fennel. I am a HUGE ocean trout fan, and was very tempted to order this. However, when he said he was going to order it, I thought great! I will steal a piece! The Petuna ocean trout was to die for! It was incredibly creamy, succulent, and just melted in your mouth. The puffed quinoa was a great complement. This was such a wonderful dish, I would have been more than happy to have this as a main after my tuna.

Another colleague of mine, N, had the calamari – Hawkesbury river calamari with flat beans, chive flowers, cuttlefish ink and chili. I was a little surprised and so was she. I think she expected fried calamari, however it was braised. I had a tiny piece, I am not sure if I am a fan either.

A couple of people had the seafood tapas, which consisted of smoked rainbow trout, crab tart, king fish tarte and one other which I can’t remember. S1 who sat a little too far for me to take a photo said ‘It started well, that is the smoked rainbow trout, and the rest was ordinary’.

For mains, I had the murray cod, pan fried murray cod with sweet corn veloute, speck, braised daikon and basil. The pan fried cod was perfectly cooked, crispy skin but tender meat. It was good but nothing special I thought. The sweet corn veloute however, was deliciously creamy, and one I enjoyed very much! The speck I thought was a little hard which was a shame. I probably should have asked the waiter if I could have had the confit of petuna trout as a main, but didn’t think of it at the time!

D had the pan roasted blue eye trevella with hazelnut, pantelleria capers, white balsamic potato, green grape and beurre noisette. I was very close to ordering this, but didn’t want to get the same as D so I can have a taste of his. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any of this, he demolished it, and I was too busy talking before I could ask ‘Can I have some?’ However, D did say it was ‘good, but the hazelnut was a little overpowering’.

A had the beef, cape grim grass fed tenderloin and braised short rib with orange and cardamom carrots and burnt onion soubise. Redish pink grass fed tenderloin, they looked absolutely divine! I had a tiny bite and it was incredibly succulent. A and I both didn’t like the burnt onion soubise though, we thought it tasted a little weird.

N had lamb, white Pyrenees lamb loin and crisp lamb belly rilette, parsnip puree, compressed pear and sugar snaps. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of this, however, the lamb loin looked overly cooked and a bit like pate. S2, another friend of mine, who sat too far away from me didn’t like this dish. He thought it was ordinary. S2 also said that it was ‘well presented, but not well executed’.

We ordered some sides, the hand cut potato chips looked wonderful, and they were just that! They were crispy and crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside. They were sprinkled with chili salt – something to remember the next time I make some potato chips at home!

The white miso glazed French beans were outstanding! I think I can say for everyone at the table that they thoroughly enjoyed it! I could have easily eaten the whole bowl on my own.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t blown away with the options for dessert. Nothing there really grabbed me. However, D had the banana soufflé, coconut praline and lemon semifreddo. He was kind enough to let me try some of the banana soufflé, it was fluffy and light, however, sickly rich! I would have struggled to have eaten this on my own.

S1 had the gingerbread crumble, apple ice cream, roasted almonds and fennel. I didn’t take a photo of this, but just imagine a mountain of crumble with apple ice cream – that was it. I thought it was a little weird, so did S2 but he seemed to have ‘enjoyed his dessert.

Tea and coffee was served with petit fours, I was way too full for this, and was a little tipsy to even remember what the waiter said they were.

Peter Kuruvita , half Sri Lankan and half Austrian, is the man behind this. Father of three sons Kuruvita, He is famous for his fish, hence the name and location. The location I love, the entrée I also loved, but I am a little undecided about the main.

Like my first visit, the entrees were great, and started well. The mains I thought was good but nothing to rave about. Still, my favourite seafood restaurant is Fish Face, Darlinghurst. The presentation of each meal at Flying Fish was outstanding, unfortunately the dish for me was a bit of a hit and miss. I can strongly say that the fish dish is infinitely better than the non-fish dish. My entrée was fantastic, and so were the miso glazed French beans.

GA, dined as a guest at Flying Fish.

GA’s ratings:  6.5 / 10

Flying Fish

Jones Bay Wharf

Lower Deck

19 – 21 Pirrama Road

Pyrmont, NSW 2009

Ph: +61 2 9518 6677

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  1. November 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    yellow fin tuna with crackling pork?! zomg awesome!

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