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Bentley Restaurant, Surry Hills

I went to Bentley many many years ago and it has been on my list of places to return. It was Uncle‘s birthday, and when he asked whether or not I was free to go to Bentley, I said of course! Regardless of what I had on, how can I say no to lunch at Bentley? Besides, it was Uncle’s birthday.

Bentley is known for the contemporary food, influenced form Modern European and offers diners the option of a la carte or tasting. Brent Savage is the head chef, he started his career in the Blue Mountains under Phillip Searle of Vulcan’s before moving to Sydney to work at Marque Restaurant. He then left to open Mrs Jones (Andrew McConnell’s) before again returning to Sydney where he was head chef at Moog Wine and Food. He is known for his own unique cooking style combining modern techniques with the diverse flavours of Australian produce. Nick Hilderbrant is the head sommelier and in 2010, Bentley won the Australian Gourmet Pages ‘restaurant of the year’ award and I can see why.

The four (Uncle, L, V) of us came here for lunch. After much perusing, Uncle, V and I all decided to have the lunch tasting menu ($55) – there were just so many options that we all just couldn’t decide. L wasn’t overly hungry so opted for a main and dessert.

Started with complimentary soft and fluffy bread.

Octopus with almond, and garlic. Octopus confit which was incredibly tender and creamy. The garlic, almond and toasted crumbs was a wonderful complement. It was deliciously light and refreshing.

The pumpkin custard with pumpkin seed and goats curd was one of the prettiest dish I have seen. The brightness of the colour of the pumpkin was so striking and glistened – LOVE!

Dollops of pumpkin custard which was incredibly creamy and light. I love pumpkin so this was a win win dish for me. The pumpkin and sunflower seeds a wonderful complement and I loved the millet crisps – so light and crispy. It was one of the nicest pumpkin dish and possibly the best dish for lunch! I think Uncle really enjoyed this dish too, it was superb!

The ‘mains’, poached mullaway with celeriac, cracked wheat and black sesame with pea puree and topped with black sesame – WOW. The mullaway fillet was incredibly soft that it just melted in my mouth. The cracked wheat cracker I loved! Wished there was more of it, it was crunchy but at the same time gooey and topped with pea puree, delightful.

Lastly, pork belly with wattle crumbs, garlic puree, milk, black fungi and rhubarb was again deliciously light. The pork belly was nice but have definitely have had better, I love the milk skin, similar to tofu and just melted in my mouth. The rhubarb and garlic subtle, and I loved the black fungi.

L ordered the lamb rump with piqullo pepper, saffron, almond and fetter ($36). I didn’t have any of this, but L did say that it was tender and wonderful.

The side of potato and artichoke salad with green garlic ($12) was quite simple but excellent. I love artichoke and the green garlic a wonderful complement.

Dessert – Caramelised pineapple with barley crumbs and beer sorbet. I was a little sceptical about this dessert, but I was pleasantly surprised!

Bite size caramelised pineapple that burst in the mouth, underneath the beer sorbet which was incredibly light and airy. The beer flavour was subtle and the barley cream added richness and the biscuit crumbs gave it that added texture and ‘crunch’. Perfect for summer, perfect for any time really – it was frigging awesome!

L ordered the raspberry and pistachio marshmallow ($6) which was the BEST marshmallow I have ever eaten. Toasted, it was creamy, airy, fluffy and amazingly good.

Food, presentation, flavours were excellent but what’s more brilliant is the company! I believe company makes the experience even better. Service excellent, a huge selection of wine and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back and try their a la carte or tasting menu for dinner. Definitely worth coming back for, temptation will be much greater as it is just up the road.

It was Uncle’s birthday but he wouldn’t let any of us pay, so THANK YOU Uncle, hope you spent your birthday with fantastic people and ate wonderful and delicious food! Here’s to long life filled with happiness! *raises glass*

GA’s rating: 8 / 10

Bentley Restaurant

320 Crown Street

Surry Hills 2010

Ph: +61 2 9332 2344

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  1. July 17, 2011 at 2:45 am

    Happy birthday Uncle – another year older and hopefully wiser, eh? I love the look of the raspberry and pistachio marshmallow – yum!

  2. July 17, 2011 at 7:17 am

    hey GA, one for the memories! the surprise on L’s face was GOLD! fancy that, surprising her on my bday! haha… it was a great lunch with great company! looking forward to the next food adventure from you!

    • July 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm

      uncle! thanks again and it was a pleasure to spend your special day with you! L’s face was indeed GOLD!!!!! can’t wait to dine again with you 🙂

  3. July 18, 2011 at 12:03 am

    ive been here once and i remember i was blown away by the presentation- WOWZA!

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