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Aria, Let's do Lunch

2008 October 17

So, finally Good Food Month rolls around, and just in time for my birthday so I can celebrate at places like Aria!

The Let’s do Lunch deal as part of Good Food Month is pretty standard. For $35 you get a main, a glass of Brown Brothers wine, and tea/coffee. At Aria the last couple of years it has been Barramundi…very nicely done Barramundi!

My dining companion and I are seated towards the centre of the restaurant where we get the whole of the Harbour Bridge to Opera House Vista. I have been very lucky in the past to have been sat right next to the window overlooking the harbour, though I my case I was more fascinated by the food rather than the view!

We are quickly given lovely dark rye sourdough and a pat of butter and the menu.

As it’s a set menu, I only have a peek at the A La Carte options, before limiting my choices to what side we should get. We go for the Witlof and Roquefort salad.

Soon, our wine arrives, and not long after, our barramundi and our salad:

The salad is just gorgeous, with a contrast of colours:

It takes me a while, but I figure out that the breadcrumb like bits on the salad are the walnuts, caramelised into little nuggets of salty/sweet goodness…

The Barramundi is served on a pale green pea and zucchini risotto, with the gamberetti nestled underneath:

This is the tastiest risotto I’ve ever eaten , and I’m very disappointed when it’s finished. The Barramundi is cooked perfectly and falls apart on the fork.  The gamberetti were crisp, except for the ones that I didn’t get to fast enough!

We take a little tummy break in preparation for dessert. I was hoping to order different desserts, but alas it was not to be. We both wanted desired the chocolate…

From left to right, chocolate brownie with mousse and marmalade, chocolate mousse and raspberries, chocolate sorbet and chocolate cake? Though it really was richer and denser than cake, but not brownie like. This was my favourite and saved and savoured till the end…

The mousse was a delight, with a hidden bounty of fresh raspberries…

Finally, all done, dusted. Fed, watered and coffee’d up. Time to head back to work…with difficulty.

Love Aria. Consistent quality food, attentive, but not smarmy, service, with a view to die for. We’ll definitely be back the next opportunity we have.

1 Macquarie Street
East Circular Quay
02 9252 2555
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  1. skyelorelle permalink
    October 17, 2008

    Oooo, having little orgies devouring every last mouthful of that.

  2. October 17, 2008

    That looks fantastic, you’re so clever nabbing a table here so quickly! 🙂

  3. October 17, 2008

    That risotto and choc cake dessert look fantastic. And happy birthday!

  4. October 18, 2008

    sounds great. I’ve been twice in the past but have had bad experiences for one reason or another but I’m hoping to give them another chance to hopefully experience what they are supposed to be like. the desserts look great too!

    simon 🙂

  5. October 22, 2008

    What an indulgent lunch! 😀

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