Dee, Tic Tac and I dined at Aria last year, when we were in Sydney for the weekend. Located in Circular Quay just by the harbour, and owned by Chefs Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan, this visit proved to be a lovely experience.
A classy place with great panoramic views of the waters, it was a pre-theatre session on a Saturday night that we attended – this is slightly lower priced compared to dinner.
Amuse bouche – Carrot soup
CONSOMME - Peking duck consommé with duck dumplings, shaved abalone and mushrooms
PORK BELLY - Kurobuta pork belly with a pork croquette, muntries and star anise
CHICKEN – roasted breast and leg with boudin blanc, crispy skin, sweet corn and leeks and a tarragon jus
PORK – roasted loin of Kurabuta pork with glazed witlof, baked carrots, pork croquette and a honey and clove sauce
MANGO - mango mousse with passion fruit, quinoa tuille, Italian meringue and passion fruit sorbet
We were pretty full so only ordered one dessert, but finished up with complimentary petit fours – chocolate truffles and honey-combe crisps. Special mention to the mashed potato side that we ordered (not pictured) - it was the richest creamiest mash I'd ever eaten. Yuuuum.
Everything was delicious, and service was impeccable. This was definitely a worthy experience – I would return for sure, next time I’m in Sydney. Need to try all the desserts!
Ratings (based on my own experience, on this occasion):
Food – 8 ½ / 10
Service – 8 ½/ 10
Value for money – 8 ½/ 10
OVERALL CONSENSUS: 4.5 bags (out of 5)