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Forty One, Sydney

2009 June 5

dietmarForty One. Famous for the views from atop Chifley Tower, and head chef Dietmar Sawyere. After Taste of Sydney I was super keen to get to Forty One, seeing as it wasn’t as far as Berowra Waters Inn!

I was joined in my lunchtime mission by two mates who are great dining companions. We had decided to get together after being inspired by Time Out’s Sydney’s best 50 Credit Crunch Lunches. We were originally going to head to Sojourn in Balmain but decided against due to the travel, which was a good thing, as we were at lunch for 2 and a half hours!


After being thoroughly confused by the lifts in the lobby, and then realising that the restaurant is actually on level 42 I’m ushered into a light space with sweeping views of the harbour, the Domain, the Botanic Gardens and across the Eastern suburbs.

My friends arrive, and after being enchanted by the view we get down to hard work of ordering. The menu covers all the bases, meat, fish and a vegetarian option:


We decide on the full three courses for $80 per person, including coffee or tea. The boys both order the Oriental Duck consomme with roast duck spring rolls:


The spring rolls and a bowl are brought to the table and then the pouring begins! I go for something “salad-y” and order the vine ripened tomato, Buffalo mozzarella, olives, with crisp zucchini flowers:


The salad is tart, salty and sweet and creamy all at the same time with the combination of flavours balancing each other well. The crisp zucchini flowers add some much needed textural contrast but do leave a touch of grease on the fingers. But they are so moreish. I could have sat there and eaten these for the rest of the afternoon and been perfectly content. Especially with that view!

After a short break, mains arrive…Two of us choose the grill-poached chicken, yabbie tails and tagliatelle with spiced crustacean sauce:


The chicken was moist and tender, with the char grill adding flavour. I found the sauce to be pretty bland from memory, but the dish as a whole was light but satisfying. The other third went for STEAK, and steak it was!


A fillet of grain fed beef, served with baby spinach, bearnaise sauce, amazing grilled field mushrooms and a side of creamed potatoes.  He was in heaven!

After a suitable tummy break, we all started thinking about dessert. Choices had been made before we even decided on mains.  Dark chocolate fondant with chocolate ice cream and caramelised banana, pecan tart with roast corella pear and poire william gelato, and lastly,  rhubarb galette with sheep’s milk yoghurt sorbet and almond praline..

41_choc pud 241_rhubarb41_pecan pie

The chocolate fondant was deeply chocolatey, the pecan tart, nutty. But I loved, loved my sheep’s milk yoghurt sorbet…so tangy and creamy…

Deeply sated, and aware of time, we order our coffees, and even though we’re stuffed stupid, I do look forward to the petit four…

41_petit fours

The usual suspects appear: a friand, biscotti and chocolate truffles. But the real delight is the soft squishy strawberry marshmallows! Almost too soft, they taste of the most perfect sweet strawberries..such a rarity these days…

Get thee to Forty One pronto!

Forty One
The Chifley Tower
2 Chifley Square
02 9221 2500
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  1. June 6, 2009

    the strawberry marshmallows sound yummy. did you get to check out the bathrooms? best view in Sydney.

  2. June 6, 2009

    $80 really isn’t too expensive for all that food and the amazing view…Oh my those zucchini flowers look amazing, my mouth is watering!

  3. June 7, 2009

    The zucchini flowers sound delicious! I think my parents would freak if I told them I was going to an $80 lunch! haha. But for the view & the quality of the food, it looks worth it to me 😉

  4. June 8, 2009

    ooo Ive always wanted to try Forty One. By the looks of the photos it looks really good! and $80 for a 3 course meal to me is a bargain! especially since its holds a chefs hat award.

    Awesome photos too

  5. June 8, 2009

    @ Simon I did! They’re wonderful! Awesome view

  6. June 8, 2009

    @Leona I think it was pretty good value too, and my friends had a few drinks too, so divided between three it was $83 each…

  7. June 9, 2009

    wow, now thats what you call a work lunch! That steak really does look awesome.

  8. June 10, 2009

    wow, now that is an amazing business lunch!
    Don’t think the office would be too pleased about me leaving for 2.5 hours… lucky girl!

  9. June 10, 2009

    I certainly will! Great review. Can’t wait to try it.

  10. June 11, 2009

    The steak and the chocolate fondant! Mmmm haven’t gone in yyeaarrss so I shall get thee to 41!

  11. June 22, 2009

    Looks delicious! I ‘ve been meaning to go for years now and your review certainly has upped the urgency to check it out. I’m very surprised a chocolate lover like you would choose the sorbet over the chocolate fondant for dessert (though I personally would have gone the sorber too)!

  12. July 15, 2009

    i had this booked in for early june (but camping fell on the same weekend) so it got cancelled. was a surprise dinner for my boyfriend, which i need to re-book again! (i still want to go to beccasse this month).. level 41 maybe in sept for our 5 yr anniversary 🙂

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