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Bentley Restaurant & Bar, Surry Hills a.k.a Birthday Adventures Part II

2009 December 6

After having had a divine lunch at Quay, and the come down of having to go back to work, I decided to carry on the seafood theme with a purchase of prawns and baby octopus to throw on the bbq as I would be dining alone that evening,  as the Boyfriend was out for post work drinks. (Don’t look horrified. My actual birthday was the Sunday, this adventure took place on the Friday)..on the way home, I stopped at Thomas Dux Grocers on Crown st, to complete the items necessary for my meal, then remembered that friends were dining at nearby Bentley Restaurant & Bar. After seeing if they’d arrived I stopped in to share a drink on my way home. Somehow, I ended up joining them for dinner. So much for my prawns & occy! I’d been wanting to visit Bentley ever since it reopened in it’s new guise as restaurant and bar, after vague memories of the former pub being a venue for mid to late 90’s club nights.

We settle in  after some great cocktails and peruse the menu and decide to share some tapas for entrees then move on to mains in order to cover the menu..

We start with the Serrano Jamon and Kingfish Ceviche, fantastic textures and gorgeously salty, sweet start to the meal:

Ceviche & Jamon

We then tuck into the Foie Gras Parait with puffed wheat and raisins, spectacularly served as a squeeze on the plate, a theme to be repeated elsewhere during the meal:


The combination of the puffed wheat and raisins is inspired, the textures playing together beautifully, and a lovely change from the standard toasts often served with parfait. Next up, the famous chickpea chips. Slabs of pureed chickpea, ingeniously served as creamy, lush and surprising chips:


We were excited about our mains watching the delicious plates whiz past us on their way to other tables. As I had stuffed myself at Quay at lunch, I forgo a main, as I want to sample the desserts on offer, so I simply sample what the girl’s order. @Felixexplody goes for the roast spatchcock with sweet corn polenta and asparagus , and we are completely clueless that this was a featured challenge on Celebrity Masterchef until it’s served and I suddenly remember the rolled ball of spatchcock:


The spatchcock is moist, tender and tasty and perfectly rolled! The crumbed slab is also polenta…mmmmmyum! @hoffkate goes for the slow cooked lamb rump with jerusalem artichoke:


The lamb, again, was cooked so perfectly: tender, so moist and lush…

Dessert! As always my favourite part of the meal…I had heard whispers that Bentley’s desserts were something to write home about, and I wasn’t disappointed.  What really impresses me is the range of small morsels that can be ordered individually, not quite petit fours, but less than dessert…what I love bout it, is that it means I can order all of them and have a multi course dessert! Woohoo!

This one was simply called honeycomb, a rich chocolate bar with caramel and honeycomb. It was incredibly rich and perfect for chocoholics..


Then, the milk marshmallow, toasted on top…


My first standout of the dessert course was these hot ricotta dumplings…little balls of lusciousness, and tongue burningly good:


The mango sauce was ok, but the dumplings on their own were fantastic…more please!

We then moved on to an actual dessert, @felixexplody ordering the cheesecake with spiced pumpkin ice cream. I would have ordered this if I were ordering dessert proper as I was so taken with the idea of pumpkin ice cream…


Yum. I’m not much of a cheesecake fan, often getting sick of the cheese, and seeking out the crust, but I like the delicacy of this deconstructed cheesecake, with it’s individual components spread out on the plate so you can dip in and out of the various elements. Match and mix if you will.

@hoffkate settles on the whipped Stilton. That’s right. You heard me WHIPPED CHEESE!


This whipped Stilton was served with spiced breadcrumbs and honey…a gorgeous combination.

I was so pleased with this meal, and loved the quirky combinations and flavours and textures put together by Chef Brent Savage, obviously inspired by the Spanish molecular gastronomy movement. There is an obvious relationship to the food of Mark Best up the street at Marque, though more playful and relaxed and  less serious. Is Bentley Marque’s cheeky younger brother? I think so.

This meal occurred on the 23rd October 2009

Bentley Restaurant and Bar
320 Crown St (Corner of Campbell)
Surry Hills
02 9332 2344
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13 Responses leave one →
  1. December 6, 2009

    All those dishes look amazing. I love the idea of multiple desserts, that’s my kind of meal!
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Asian afternoon tea – Blooming tea and other goodies =-.

  2. December 7, 2009

    Love the little bites of desserts =) Koi was offering a dessert with pumpkin ice-cream back in August – wonder if this is the new flavour du jour?
    .-= mademoiselle délicieuse´s last blog ..Pattison’s Patisserie Chatswood, 16 Oct 2009 =-.

  3. December 7, 2009

    Gosh, this looks brilliant. I’ve been saying it forever but I’ve been meaning to go to Bentley’s for a while. Totally fell off my radar until I read your review – I’ll have to put it back on the to-eat-at list
    .-= Forager´s last blog ..South American eating tour – Salta, home to the best empanadas =-.

  4. December 7, 2009

    Those desserts look so appetising! Particularly tempted by the whipped Stilton.

    Not so sure about the foie gras dish… on my monitor, it looks like rude food! 😉
    .-= Gourmantic´s last blog ..Annual Champagne Tasting at the Ultimo Wine Centre =-.

  5. December 9, 2009

    I absolutely adore their chickpea chips, so delicious! So fluffy inside and nice and crunchy outside, very clever! Bentley is such a great place! Thanks for the review.
    .-= joey@FoodiePop´s last blog ..Product Review: The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide 2010 iPhone App =-.

  6. December 10, 2009

    What a great Part II to your birthday adventures. Love the idea of the puffed wheat to accompany the foie gras parfait and the notion of whipped Stilton is very tempting.
    .-= Joanne´s last blog ..The Cookbook Challenge ~ Week 3 Hors d’oeurves =-.

  7. December 11, 2009

    I often see polenta chips, but never chickpeas… interesting variation – must try

  8. December 14, 2009

    Hi Reem! IT was great to meet you on Sunday! I’ve been to Bentley Bar before but it was ages ago – your post is a great reminder I need to revisit. Thanks for sharing!
    .-= Trissa´s last blog ..Quay’s Vanilla Mousse with Fresh Raspberries and The Ghost of Christmas Past =-.

  9. December 16, 2009

    OMG. Hot ricotta dumplings look divine!
    .-= Punky_Moz´s last blog ..Battle of the Pizzas =-.

  10. December 21, 2009

    Talk about food porn! Phwoar 😛 We had those hot ricotta dumplings last time and they were SO good!
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Interview with Lyndey Milan and Win a Signed Copy of The Best Collection =-.

  11. April 16, 2010

    On our list of Top 5 restaurants … and has been since it opened. What this man can do with ingredients is amazing…. i went for the multi dessert too… yummo!
    .-= buggles´s last blog ..Review: Cafe Sopra =-.

  12. April 10, 2013

    First of all your photos are fantastic! I will tell you what I prefer: the chocolate cake and the cheesecake. Those desserts make me just crazy. I would love to add the mango sauce (my favorite fruit) to the cheesecake!

  13. September 15, 2013

    Hello! Can you give more details for the ceviche and jamon picture? Because I have tried the ceviche, which is a kind of salad made with several fishes… and lemon… Anyway all the plates look great, yummy!

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