Dinner @ Sepia, Sydney
I have wanted to try this restaurant for a while now. I thought we should wait for a special occasion and no other occasion can be as ‘special’ as our anniversary.
Sepia is headed by Martin Benn (ex head chef at Tetsuya’s) and backed up by Daniel Puskas (ex Oscillate Wildly). I have heard great things about this restaurant, so had high expectations. Everyone I have spoken too except for one really loved this place. The one girl that didn’t enjoy it was with me when we went to Oscillate Wildly about two – three years ago and we didn’t really enjoy the experience at Oscillate Wildly, but this is not about that, it is about Sepia.
The restaurant is situated on Sussex Street, Darling Park, it’s beautifully slick and as soon as we walked in, we felt extremely comfortable. I love the atmosphere, and the ambiance of this restaurant.
I was keen to try the degustation, however, ‘The Mother’ wasn’t so keen. So we opted for the a la carte.
We started with warm bread roll which was served with whipped truffle butter. The bread roll was so soft and fluffy, and slithered with whipped truffle butter was absolutely delightful! We were asked if we wanted more bread rolls, but one was enough. I was looking forward to what was to come.
Amuse bouche – I can’t remember the name of it, but it was jelly which was absolutely delicate served in a glass with a cute wooden spoon. I didn’t particularly like the sauce that came with it – it was ‘interesting’ to say the least.
We shared a serving of the ‘special’ for the evening: Sydney Rock Oysters, served with sweet rice wine vinegar and lime dipping sauce. The oysters were wonderful, a little on the ‘small’ side but delicious and satisfying.
We also shared another entrée, Yellow Fin Tuna Tartare, Avocado Cream, Soy and Wasabi Jelly with mango – this was outstanding. The yellow fin tuna was creamy and fresh, the avocado and, wasabi jelly was wonderful. I loved the texture, the flavours, the combination of it all, it was simply magnifique and probably the highlight of the evening.
For main, I had the scampi, murray cod with white asparagus. The scampi and murray cod was beautifully cooked. Unfortunately, the scampi was way too salty that it was just overpowering. I am not a massive fan of salty food, so this was slightly disappointing. However, the sauce, the texture of both the scampi and fish was just wonderful. It was a shame that it was just way way too salty.
‘The Mother’ had the angus beef tenderloin with buffalo and milk ‘tofu’ and quinoa. The beef was, pink, luscious and tender. It was juicy and succulent. The milk ‘tofu’ was superb – I have never tasted anything like it. It was so soft that you really didn’t need to chew. Like me, ‘The Mother’ truly enjoyed the buffalo and milk ‘tofu’. He thought the angus beef tenderloin was ‘nice’ – he is not a man of many words.
Pre-dessert was jelly with raspberry and crumble. This was light, refreshing and a great palate cleanser.
For dessert we shared the raspberry mousse covered in white chocolate served with ice cream, and pistachio. It was a new addition to the Spring / Summer menu and it was beautifully presented. I originally wanted to try the poached quince crumble – I was told that it was a must try, unfortunately they have taken it off the menu.
Below is what was inside the white chocolate log – raspberry mousse which was deliciously creamy and the white chocolate really gave it that extra sweetness. The pistachio was beautiful and was a great complement.
‘The Mother’ ordered tea, and were given petite fours. It was two servings of passionfruit macaroon and orange jelly cube lolly. I didn’t have any of the passionfruit macaroon (not a massive fan) but ‘The Mother’ seemed to have enjoyed it. The orange jelly was nice and chewy but nothing special.
It was a great meal, unfortunately, I wasn’t blown away. I expected more, a bit disappointed with my main, the dessert was wonderful but nothing of the ‘wow’ factor unfortunately – damn ‘high expectations’! The entrée, however, was just superb.
The service was fantastic, professional, flawless and friendly.
Nevertheless, it was a great evening. I was totally and utterly spoilt. To my wonderful husband, happy anniversary, three wonderful years and I am sure there will be many many more wonderful years to come.
‘The Mother’ gave it a 6.5 / 10. His comment was ‘it was OK, small serves though’.
GA’s rating: 7 / 10
291 Sussex Stret
Ph: +61 2 9283 1990