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..
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…
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!
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