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Bistro Lilly, Sydney

I had the pleasure of dining with three wonderful companions at Bistro Lilly which is located in Sydney CBD’s Observatory Tower. Our fellow food lover, the doctor is a huge fan of scoopons and she bought two vouchers at Bistro Lilly. A degustation for two people for the price of $99, with a bottle of wine, normally at $200! A steel deal we thought!

The entrance to Bistro Lilly is quite lovely, with low hanging trees, dim lighting and some tables in the courtyard. I love the interior wooden floorboards and minimalist decor.

We were seated to our table; I had perused the menu closely prior to coming and was looking forward to the feast.

We started with amuse bouche, mussel and saffron soup. It was very aromatic, and smelt divine. It was deliciously creamy and the mussel was a wonderful complement.

Sourdough and wholemeal with whole roasted garlic and Myrtleford butter. The garlic was roasted until it was soft and easily spreadable on the bread. The bread had a crusty exterior and I love how it was warm and fluffy on the inside. How I heart bread and butter!

First course – king crab and Brandade cannelloni and tomato relish which sat in a pool of lobster cream. The lobster cream was creamy and delightful. The lobster cream was a little salty but loved the chunks of crab which were cooked to perfection.

Next, truffle duck liver pate, spiced beetroot, port jelly and toasted brioche. When the dish of liver pate arrived, I almost had a heart attack. It was a GENEROUS serving of duck liver pate served on a tiny slice of brioche. The brioche was toasted, the pate was creamy and I could taste the hint of truffle, oh how I love duck liver pate! The spiced beetroot and port jelly was just to die for! It was sweet and really complemented the pate and brioche well. It was a shame that it was a small serving, a little bit more would have been perfect. Unfortunately I didn’t finish the pate – it was rich and I didn’t want to fill up on brioche. (It’s sticking out it’s tongue at me!)

We were presented with more brioche though! Yay!

The main – 120 day aged grain fed beef fillet with foie gras ravioli, fondant carrot, sautéed spinach, bordelaise. WOW.  The beef looked absolutely amazing, medium rare eye fillet which sat on a bed of mash and next to it, chunky ravioli which was filled with foie gras.

The beef was incredibly tender that it just melted in your mouth. The texture was magnificent and the wine jus was rich and a wonderful complement.

We ordered a couple of sides, crisp kipfler potato with shredded parmesan and truffle oil ($10.90). The potatoes were baked, it wasn’t as crispy as we had hoped but you could definitely taste the truffle oil and loved the shredded parmesan.

The mesculin salad with house dressing ($10.90) were just green vegetables, a little steep I thought for $10.90 but the house dressing was vinegary with a lovely tang at the end.

Dessert, the menu said ‘Chef’s menu of the day’ and we all hoped that it was a chocolate fondant. It was a chocolate cake which was served warm with walnut and honey ice cream decorated with a lattice of toffee and caramel syrup.

I was a little disappointed that it wasn’t a chocolate fondant and no chocolate oozed out of the cake! It was dense and rich! The walnut and honey ice cream I adored, it wasn’t too sweet and complemented the cake. However, it was a small serving of ice cream, and once that was demolished, I stopped eating. The cake on its own was just too rich.

Bistro Lilly serves Modern Australian food, portions were relatively generous and well worth it for $55 per person. I can say that we all truly enjoyed our dining experience and meal.

Most importantly, the company is what makes the experience more enjoyable! Thanks again Doc! Look forward to dining with you again shortly!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Bistro Lilly

168 Kent Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9252 1116

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  1. May 16, 2011 at 5:28 am

    ahh u bought the voucher! i was really tempted to buy but i dont know what got into me and i didnt 😦 now seeing this i regret it sooo much.

  2. May 16, 2011 at 9:56 am

    I love a good duck liver pate, yum!

    • May 16, 2011 at 11:26 am

      hey dumpling girl! same! love a good duck liver and this was absolutely sensational!

  3. May 17, 2011 at 10:49 am

    We really enjoyed our meal here too! It’s a really nice space and the service is great too 🙂

    • May 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm

      Hey lorraine, ya we had a wonderful time! service was good and food was excellent – that last dish, beef was wonderful!

  4. May 19, 2011 at 4:29 am

    My bf took me here years ago for my birthday. It was a Wednesday night and we were the only people in the restaurant, which was a little weird, cause everyone was just standing around and you could see into the kitchen and they were just standing there.

    • May 19, 2011 at 5:09 am

      oh really? it was quite busy that night we went. Not sure if they are busies now though

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