Its that time of year again, Taste of Sydney. Unfortunately I didn’t go last year as I was overseas so missed out. This year I was keen to check it out to see if it was as good as the first year. I was lucky enough to receive complementary tickets from a dear friend, B – I thought I may have put our friendship to the test when I asked for more than two tickets but thankfully no. THANK YOU!
The family and I came on Saturday night, it started at 5.30pm and we were there just a little after. It wasn’t that busy when we arrived but by 7.30pm the place was busy and the queues were LONG! We had a great time, sampling some of the dishes and thought I would share some of the faveourite dishes we had.
I perused the menu before arriving and knew exactly what I wanted! My advice is to peruse the menu and have a vague idea of what you want so you are set! If you forget to print the menu, don’t fret, there will be staff in front of the gates handing out booklets. ‘Crowns’ are the currency that they use – $1 is 1 crown. Majority of the dishes are priced from 8 – 10 crowns, you can get crowns prior to arriving to the venue or at the grounds.
Now the food – I went straight to Restaurant Balzac as I have heard raving reviews about the crisp wagyu beef with wild mushroom and truffle foam (12 crowns). It was incredibly good! Tender wagyu beef spring roll – get them early as my brother, F, wanted to get more at 7pm it was ALL gone! The wild mushroom and truffle foam was to die for – rich, creamy and absolutely delicious!
I couldn’t go pass the saddle of suckling pig with baby green peas (12 crowns) – tender, mouth watering suckling pig, it was awesomely good!
My sis-in-law, O, and Mum had the seared regal king salmon with promegranate, mint and feta salad (10 crowns). It was a relatively generous serving – three skewers of salmon, which was cooked medium rare which just melted in your mouth and the salad was a wonderful complement.
My parents couldn’t go pass the organic grass fed wagyu burger from Charlie and Co (12 crowns). I didn’t like the burger the first time I had it, I thought it was a little dry, however, this time round it was surprisingly good! The meat was tender and succulent and my parents absolutely loved it.
You can purchase a side of their famous fries – truffle and parmesan cheese for an extra 6 crowns and they were magnificent!
We had a serve of the confit pork belly, squid, chorizo and chickpea (10 crowns) from Four in Hand and it was so good that my parents wanted a second serving! The second serving was infinitely better, the first serving (pictured below) was a little hard, too crispy and crunchy but the second serving, the pork belly was tender, juicy with crispy crackle – WOW! The chorizo and chickpea was a wonderful complement.
Dad couldn’t go pass the oysters with Vietnamese dressing, crispy shallots and corriander (10 crowns) from Assiette. The oysters were fresh and I loved the Vietnamese dressing.
The slow cooked shoulder of lamb with smoked potato puree and jus (12 crowns) from L’etoile tasted a little like corn beef to me. It wasn’t lamb-y but a tad salty for my liking. It was tender and just ‘ripped’ apart. Mum certainly enjoyed it.
Next seared petuna ocean trout with white curry sauce, jasmine rice and raw vegetable sambal (12 crowns) from Flying Fish was superb! The petuna ocean trout was cooked medium rare and just the way I like it. It was fantastic and the raw vegetable sambal was delicious.
I couldn’t go pass District Dining’s spicy free range lilydale chicken with lime aioli and coleslaw (10 crowns). Tender, succulent chicken with crispy coating and lime aioli – AIOLI!!!! It was divine.
For dessert, I couldn’t go pass the dark chocolate snickers (8 crowns) from Four in Hand. Generous scoop of ice cream with gooey ooey caramel sauce and crunchy praline chunks – OMG! It was SO GOOD I really wanted more! Mum and I were fighting for every single last bit!
As we were walking, Dad noticed someone carrying a lovely chocolate looking cake. I was too lazy to figure out what it was so asked the lady – amedei milk chocolate mousse with salted caramel and fresh berries (8 crowns) from Otto Ristorante and I have to say – that was one of the best chocolate mousse I have had in a long time! Dad ate more than half of this, he LOVED it! The chocolate mousse was so creamy and so smooth and in the middle – a layer of salted caramel which was just delightful! It was epic!
Delightfully full, we walked around the ground checking out the other stalls and freebies. F couldn’t help but have the spicy French lamb sausage with onions served on a sour dough roll (8 crowns). I was too full for this but F demolished this and absolutely loved it!
If you are going on Sunday, come as early as you can. We arrived at 5.30pm and by 7.30pm it was extremely busy! Some of the popular dishes did run out and the queues are a lot longer.
Taste of Sydney 2001 concludes on Sunday 13th March. If you haven’t been and still want to check it out, you can on Sunday from 12 – 5pm. See the Taste of Sydney website for more details if you want to check it out.