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Quay Restaurant, Overseas Passenger Terminal

2009 November 26

It was my birthday recently, and lucky for me it falls during the Sydney International Food Festival, and for the second year in a row I’ve gone to Quay for lunch with one of my closest buddies. This year, even though I called as early as I could, all Let’s Do Lunch bookings were sold out. So we booked a regular lunch and I’m so glad we did…A quick note, my friend is quite pregnant, and I commend the staff at Quay for adjusting everything necessary to suit her requirements. We really, really appreciated that level of attention to detail…

bridge_champagneAs you can see, we got one hell of a table! Bridge on one side, Opera house on the other, and the most perfect Spring day….

We are served our amuse bouche and my friend is served a fig compote with almonds, while I receive smoked eel caviar. We take ages to order our mains, only because we can’t decide, but we end up settling different items. I go the full three courses, while my friend opts for two, main and dessert.

For entree, I order the legendary Sea Pearls. I had read about them, seen pictures of them, but could never imagine the taste!



The Sea Pearls consist of scallop with the silver foil, behind it the abalone, then the octopus and last the tuna…Beautifully presented and very tasty, my favourite being the interesting textures of the octopus.

My friend, erring on the side of caution during her pregnancy forgoes the seafood and order the free range chicken breast, with truffle butter, savoy cabbage, baby radish, young onions, pea shoots and garlic cream:


We both delight in the presentation of the delicate baby vegetables but neither of us detect the truffle…no matter it satisfies in anticipation of dessert!


My lamb with baby carrots and olives  is a riot of colour, and is some of the most tender, succulent lamb I’ve ever had.  I practically licked my plate clean!

Dessert! For those of you that follow me on Twitter, you may already be familiar with the Eight Texture Chocolate cake that features as my twitter background…This year I gave the chocolate cake a miss but my friend did have it, and it was as delightfully  luxe as it was last time I tried it…


I decide to try their other legendary dessert, the Snow Egg, on this particular day jackfruit and custard apple


I was skeptical at first. This dessert looked too light to satisfy my voracious sweet tooth. But yet,  it delivered. The shell is made from toffee and conceals poached meringue inside, with it resting on a bed of what I can only describe as a fruity, custardy slushie with pieces of fruit through it….More! More! More!

I really wanted another one of those, but by this stage we both had to get back to the office…There was coffee and petit fours, but they were strangely disappointing in comparison to the rest of the meal…

Chef Peter Gilmore is renowned for his attention to detail and his passion for homegrown produce, with the restaurant boasting it’s own “Growing Room” within the kitchen for some of it’s herbs. Quay is reliable, classy and elegant with beautifully presented and conceived food.

Stay tuned for part two of birthday adventures…..

Overseas Passenger Terminal
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  1. November 26, 2009

    Beautiful photos. I want to try the snow egg!!

  2. November 26, 2009

    Now that’s one way to celebrate your birthday! The sea pearls look phenomenal. Still haven’t gotten here yet. Maybe for my next birthday 🙂
    .-= Helen (grabyourfork)´s last blog ..Food bloggers, a birthday and a mountain of dumplings =-.

  3. November 26, 2009

    Everything looks so full of spring vibrance, but captured on a plate. And, like you, I have seen soooo many pictures of those infamous sea pearls that I just really, really want to try them now!
    .-= mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog ..Koi, 28 Aug 2009 =-.

  4. November 27, 2009

    Gorgeous, it makes me want to go even more than I already did! I really wanted to go here for my birthday but I couldn’t get a day off work to go for lunch. I didn’t realise it was your birthday recently too, Happy Birthday!!!!
    .-= Steph´s last blog ..Cherry Brulee Cannoli Cups – Daring Bakers Nov 2009 =-.

  5. November 27, 2009

    Beautiful photos Reem! Everything looks divine. I so want to try Quay, but I need to wait for a really special occassion! The desserts sound awesome as well….. What a great way to spend your birthday!
    .-= Betty @ The Hungry Girl´s last blog ..Makoto Sushi Bar, Haymarket =-.

  6. November 28, 2009

    Happy Birthday Reem and YAY what a way to celebrate your birthday! 🙂 I was so curious about the snow egg too and almost ordered it but got the raspberries with almond instead which was fantastic still.
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Bistro Lilly, Sydney =-.

  7. November 29, 2009

    Wow, you got such a good table! Love that first pic of the Bridge! Their desserts are so good aren’t they? The snow egg is amazing, and the chocolate cake so rich …. I’m surprised about the petits fours though, as ours were so great (! Can’t wait to return sometime next year. Hehe.
    .-= joey@FoodiePop´s last blog ..Food Review: Sean’s Kitchen – Pyrmont =-.

  8. November 30, 2009

    The sea pearls look amazing! Your photos make me want to pick up and eat it.
    Happy belated birthday 🙂
    .-= Gourmantic´s last blog ..Al Nasma: Camel Milk Chocolate Tasting =-.

  9. December 2, 2009

    Wow, you really know how to sell to my tastebuds! I want to try that snow egg now! Looks amazing and happy belated birthday!

  10. December 21, 2009

    What a great place to celebrate your birthday. The sea pearls are really beautiful. Gorgeous view. It’s really the best of Sydney 🙂
    .-= Ellie´s last blog ..Ben & Jerry’s Original Recipe: Cherry Garcia Ice Cream =-.

  11. December 23, 2009

    oooo I still need to try this 8 texture cake! looks so good
    .-= Rob @´s last blog ..Gingerbread Men (and Women) recipe =-.

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