Pier, Rose Bay

February 8, 2008

On February 7, 2008, Sue, Linda and I went for lunch at Pier in Rose Bay, just south of Sydney. This excellent restaurant is built on top of a pier protruding into the picturesque bay with boats moored all about. It has glass on three sides so diners can appreciate the view, although that can reflect noise when the tables are full.ma3.jpg

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The luncheon menu offered about ten courses each for starters, mains and desserts. There was a separate sheet which showed the origin of today’s fish. We made our choices, all from New South Wales or Queensland.

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We ordered a bottle of 2006 Wantirna Estate, Yarra Valley, Isabella Chardonnay.

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A nice amuse-gueule arrived: vichysoisse foam and a little leek fondue sandwich.
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Sue started with six freshly shucked local oysters. She offered me one of them; it was crisp and delicious.

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Linda’s first course was the Caramelized veal sweetbreads, Jerusalem artichoke puree, pancetta, wilted pea tendrils.

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My starter was Raw yellow fin tuna ravioli “Panzanella.”

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Sue went on to the Crispy skinned ocean trout, tomato fondue, zucchini flowers, basil, black olive oil.

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Linda’s main course was Crispy skinned snapper, sweetcorn puree, king brown mushrooms, mushroom consommé.

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I had the Poached coral trout, baby radishes, red witlof, baby spinach, smoked prawn infused butter. The texture and flavor of “coral trout” seemed to be between sea bass and anglerfish (loup et lotte.)

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I ordered the apricot-armagnac soufflé with a vanilla mousse and shared it.

Everything was excellent. The cuisine enhanced the superb ingredients; it did not mask their flavor at all. The precision of the cooking was such that they advised us to eat the fish from the outside in as it was still cooking slightly on the heated plates. We really enjoyed our lunch.

www.pierrestaurant.com.au

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One Response to “Pier, Rose Bay”

  1. Kristin Says:

    I remember that restaurant from the days when it was far less up scale. Beautiful location…and now it seems to have beautiful and delicious food


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