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Quarter Twenty One, Sydney

I have heard wonderful things about this place, Quarter Twenty One is the newest addition to Justin North’s empire. Visible to shoppers, the food at Quarter Twenty one is ‘inspired by the food retail in Paris’, hence ‘Quarter’, whilst Twenty One refers to the weight of one’s ‘soul’. Quarter Twenty One is located next to the Cookery School and Pantry, Becasse Restaurant and opposite one of my favourite bakeries, Becasse Bakery.

Wonderful spacious area, copper coloured shades, the restaurant is slick and service, immaculate! Like Becasse, the complimentary bread at Quarter Twenty was excellent and did not disappoint. Fresh from the oven, it was still warm when served and I love the crunchiness and the fluffiness of the dough – it was frigging delicious! The butter, don’t get me started on the butter, it was fabulous and a wonderful complement!

I couldn’t go past the caramelised kurobuta pork belly, smoked bacon consomme, mushroom, slow cooked yolk and jowl ($25). I adored the plate, wanted to take it home. The pork belly was melt in your mouth delicious! The paper-thin sheet of bacon draped over the shitake mushroom, it was scrumptiously good and the slow cooked egg – perfection.

S had the daily special, three different types of animal, from memory pheasant, chicken and another which I can’t remember mixed together and rolled into a sausage, served with truffles, mushroom and sweetbread. It was delicious – full of flavour and left you with wanting more.

For mains, the 24-hour veal cheek, sweetbread, scallop, cep potato puree butternut squash and lemon thyme ($35) had my name of it. Tender, melt-in-your mouth veal cheek, the sweetbread was sweet and fluffy and I love the cep potato puree, I wanted to pick up the plate and lick off all the sauce. The sauce was amazing and the veal cheek even better. FANTASTIC!

S opted for the pumpkin gnocchi – not what we both expected in terms of a ‘typical’ gnocchi. However, the gnocchi was excellent, soft and pillow-y and was just too hard to stop at one!

Unfortunately, we were both too stuffed for dessert, S had a coffee and we both got some petite fours – lemon madeleine with lemon curd inside – DELISH!

S said that it was the best meal he has had in a long time! The meal was indeed fantastic and did not disappoint. Was it better than Becasse? It’s a tough call, S hasn’t been to Becasse, but judging from the two courses, I think I prefer Quarter Twenty One just a little better. We didn’t have dessert but I am definitely keen to go back.

GA’s rating: 8.5 / 10

Quarter Twenty One

100 Market St Level 5 Westfield

Sydney, 2000

Ph: +61 2 8064 7900

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  1. August 22, 2011 at 2:17 am

    Hey you!
    Yet another scrumptious review of a restaurant that I don’t think I’ll have a chance to visit unless I migrate to Sydney. LOL.

    Question – when you visit such restaurant, do you know who’s the head chef behind the kitchen? It would be awesome to feature some of these chefs, if they’re willing and all. Good insight for the rest of us readers.

    • August 22, 2011 at 4:11 am

      hey nicklaus 🙂 thanks for your kind words! not always do i know the head chef. Am looking forward to return so hopefully will get a chance to speak to the head chef then!

  2. August 22, 2011 at 4:45 am

    Glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I thought it was better than Becasse actually… but haven’t been to the relocated Becasse!

    • August 22, 2011 at 5:09 am

      the new Becasse is pretty good but Quarter 21 is definitely better 🙂 looking forward to going back.

  3. August 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

    kinda thinking that Justin is going to take over the world soon! But this gnocchi looks to die for, nothing worse that chewy gnocchi

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