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Galileo Restaurant, Sydney

It certainly has been a while since my last visit to Galileo, probably pre-blog days. I was catching up with two food lovers, and S suggested this place. Galileo is located in the Observatory Hotel. Head chef is Masahiko Yomada, and offers diners a traditional French style with innovative international influences. The restaurant is grand, and service flawless.

The menu has more of an Italian-European to Fresh-Japanese. We started with complimentary Cheese puff – they were delightfully soft with a mild cheddar flavour.

The complimentary sour dough bread had a crusty exterior and fluffy, pillow-y centre. It was so hard to stop at just one.

We were all tossing between the degustation or a la-carte (3 courses for $60) available from Tuesday to Thursday only. We opted for a la-carte and started with the amuse bouche of truffle flan with cauliflower soup and burnt butter. Served warm, the cauliflower was quite distinctive, the truffle subtle and to top it off burnt butter which I love.

Both S and M couldn’t go past the Mirrin infused egg yolk with truffle polenta, serran ham and parmesan foam. It had too much foam for my liking, but the truffle polenta was deliciously truffle-y and the ham and parmesan a wonderful complement.

I opt for the roasted scallops, pea puree topped with asparagus which was lightly battered and deep-fried and then served with thin slices of ginger. The scallops were cooked to perfection, I love the sweet, creamy texture and the pea puree a was a perfect accompaniment and a great start.

For main, S ordered the barramundi meuniere with quinoa, Chinese cabbage in a bouillon. It certainly wasn’t what I expected. My photo is a tad blurry (BOO!) so the photo below is from S. It wasn’t a fillet of barramundi, but the fish was beautifully carved, it was extremely tender and flavoursome. One of the nicest fish I have tasted.

M and I couldn’t go past the braised pork belly, spiced honey, red cabbage and apple. As most of you know, I am a huge fan of pork belly, and the pork belly itself was cooked to perfection. Crispy skin, tender pork with the right about of fat, but the sauceโ€ฆ it was disappointing. I am not sure if it’s the spiced honey, but it certainly wasn’t French or Japanese influenced. Not what I expected. It was a cross between Indian curry and some sort of sweet, sticky Indonesian herb sauce and was a little sickly. It was certainly a let down. A different sauce would have definitely been better.

The kipfler potatoes, confit, sautรฉed with garlic were fantastic. Soft, tender and oh so addictive.

For dessert, I wanted something a little ‘healthier’ so opt for the twice cooked persimmon, vanilla bean, creme patisserie and vanilla ice cream. The persimmon was melt-in-your mouth tender and the ice cream excellent. Although, I could have definitely done with a bit more ice cream. The dessert was a little too sweet for my liking, couldn’t finish it and thankfully, S polished it off for me.

S had the tear drop mascarpone, dark chocolate ganache and peach oolong ice cream. Loved the dark chocolate ganache, it was the ‘right’ sweet for me. However, for S, it was too bitter and not enough sweet.

M had the mont blanc inspired chestnut cream, meringue and cognac ice cream. I loved the tear dropped meringue, the chestnut cream was deliciously creamy and smooth. I enjoyed this more than I thought and probably should have gotten this instead of the ‘healthier’ option.

We each ordered tea, and came with it, petite fours – didn’t eat everything as I was full, but I loved the rectangle caramel chocolate slice, and the biscotti. I think S and M had the rest – the jelly was incredibly sour I was told, the macaroons were a bit of a hit and miss and the white ball was sweet!

Service was excellent, food for me was a little disappointing, from memory, the first time was infinitely better. I think I was more ‘Wow’ed’ then than this time round. Nevertheless, it was definitely a wonderful evening with friends, and I look forward to our next adventure!

GA’s rating: 6.5 / 10

Galileo Restaurant

113 Kent Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9256 2222

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  1. August 31, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Agree with you about the food; it looks pretty but it’s lacking something. Probably seasoning from my experience. Love the decor though, so fin de siecle!

    • August 31, 2011 at 7:51 am

      hey joey ๐Ÿ™‚ so true! the first time was pretty good but that time was just blerggggg i love the inside of the restaurant though, but then again, the hotel is quite fancy smancy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. August 31, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Wow, that’s a lot of food for $60 – good value, but shame about your pork sauce.

  3. Lil
    August 31, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Cheese puffs are so cute!! The mont blanc looks amazing!

    • August 31, 2011 at 7:50 am

      hey lil ๐Ÿ™‚ the cheese puffs were tasty! so was the mont blac. thanks for dropping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. August 31, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Ah, good reporting, GA.

    Went there a few years ago, just before Yomada took over, and it was excellent. But since then I haven’t heard much (anything) from there and I think they went from 2 hats to 0? Lately I’ve been pondering a return but wasn’t sure how it stacks up these days.

    The food doesn’t look as great as I remember, but that could be me. Service was awesome though so looks like that hasn’t changed.

    Nevertheless, veeeeery interesting post.

    • August 31, 2011 at 11:46 am

      hey jobe ๐Ÿ™‚ i went about 2 – 3 years ago and it was good, but it wasnt great the 2nd time round. service still excellent, food bit of a hit and miss. Don’t think i will be back anytime soon! Thanks for dropping by ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. August 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

    mm truffle flan and cauliflower soup! the biscotti looks a little thick though, must’ve been annoying to sink your teeth into that!

  6. September 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I Love this pl, came here many yrs ago the waygu beef was to die for

    • September 6, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      hey obesebaby… i enjoyed it a few yrs back too. not so great this time round unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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