There was no better place to meet a close girlfriend's baby girl than at one chef's hat Flying Fish. It was her first fine-dining experience and I am proud to say that she was very well behaved. At only 5 months old, it makes me wonder what other delicious things will be waiting for her.
And this was our magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge view...
We started with a choice of white bread or soy & linseed... each of us mopped up lots of the creamy room temperature butter and sea salt flakes.
Soy and linseed bread
Bek started with the seafood tapas. The steamed squid with cauliflower cream and parmesan tuile looked like an interesting play on texture. I can't remember the others, but an obvious one was the inclusion of scampi tail.
Flying Fish seafood tapas
Jonno had three huge caramelised white scallops which looked enormously delectable.
Caramelised white scallops, lobster and beef cheek terrine, confit celeriac and truffle sauce
Zen's starter had all of us in envy. Generous slices of seared yellow fin tuna were stacked on top of pieces of pink ruby grapefruit and roast pork. The pork crackling was oh, so sweet. I would have happily enjoyed this as a main course.
Seared yellow fun tuna, pink ruby grapefruit and sweet pork crackling
My king crab tortellini was divine. The champagne emulsion and oysters were inviting... it went hand in hand with the naturally seductive flavours of fresh king crab.
King crab tortellini with poached virgin Coffin Bay oysters and champagne emulsion
Family portrait of Bek, Jonno and baby Natalie
For my main course, Bek and I both had the Souchong (a type of black tea) crusted flathead. It was served with the most amazing prawn consomme I've ever had. It was borderline over-powering but stunningly scrumptious. The essence in the consomme only brought out the best in the poached scampi and white radish.
Souchong crusted flathead with prawn consomee, poached scampi and white radish
Zen's mushroom infused wagyu was tasty but he questioned the heaviness of the accompanying braised beef shoulder. Pity I was too busy with my consomme to try the risotto. The bone marrow must've enriched each morsel of rice.
Mushroom infused wagyu sirloin with braised beef shoulder, bone marrow risotto and veal jus
Jonathan decided to splurge a little bit and triumphantly ordered and finished off 1kg of spicy mud crab.
Spicy mud crab
Flying Fish's famous hand-cut chips were served as mash today with the truffle butter making up for the absence of crunch.
Mashed potato with truffle butter
Silly me, I forgot about the complimentary green leafy salad which was dressed in something lovely and sweet, and ordered this additional side dish of red witlof, frisse salad with Persian feta cheese and pistachios.
Red Witlof and frisee salad, Persian feta and pistachios
Complimentary green salad
Bek & I
Me & Zen
Our table was double booked so we took our desserts outside. The spring breeze and harbour views were almost as gorgeous as our dessert tasting plate. My favourite was the caramelised banana tart with coffee crumble and brown sugar ice cream. Next fave was probably the Valrhona Manjari chocolate mousse with uber-addictive concentrated passionfruit jelly and coconut sorbet.
Dessert tasting plate of Valrhona Manjari chocolate mousse with passionfruit jelly and coconut sorbet, confit pineapple with milk panna cotta, pineapple sherbet and ginger ice, raspberry souffle with clotted cream ice cream, pink grapefruit parfait with rose petal shortbread and poached figs, and caramelised banana tart with coffee crumble and brown sugar ice cream
Because of a system error which resulted in a long wait for our dessert, we were also offered free tea and coffee! Hot chocolate, English breakfast, green tea and cappuccino. Guess who had what?
Another portrait of the young Chinwah family
Gorgeous couple -Bek & Jonno
Me & Zen
Flying Fish still remains as one of my thumbs-up restaurants. While their state of the art (sensors trigger the clear glass walls to frost up) bathroom is worth a mention, I found that the service this time was a little let-down. Their food on the other hand is still top-notch seafood / modern Australian.
Welcome to the world, Nat... and thanks for being lovely dining companions, Bek, Jonno & Zen.
Flying Fish restaurant
Jones Bay Wharf, Lower Deck
19 - 21 Pirrama Road Pyrmont
Tel: 9518 6677