Zen and I have now been officially dating for four years. I love you babe!
But I lied… about having made a reservation… and then I got caught out! So instead of going to Astral, I made an eleventh hour call to Aria Restaurant. They had one table available if we promised to finish by 7.45pm, or another available from 9.30pm. I frantically took the earlier table, and convinced Zen to speed into the city. Forty minutes later, we were parked on Macquarie Street, and wondered why the restaurant was only 60% full. So we took our time and admired the stunning Harbour views.

Aria Restaurant - starters: goats cheese with tomato jam

starters of goats cheese and tomato jam
As we sat down, starters of goats cheese and tomato jam were served, and our drinks order was taken. I’ve never been a fan of goats cheese, but the tomato jam and cumin seed crisp gave it a sweet savoury touch.

Aria Restaurant - sourdough bread loaf

sourdough bread… warm -fresh from the oven! They also had a soy & linseed roll…

Aria Restaurant - entree: duck and beetroot consomme with house smoked duck and duck tortellini

duck and beetroot consomme with house smoked duck and duck tortellini

Aria Restaurant - entree: twice cooked kurobuta sweet pork belly with caramelised apple and vanilla apple puree

twice cooked kurobuta sweet pork belly with caramelised apple, vanilla apple puree and balsamic… I love my Pork! I love the crispy skin… the fatty textures… and the luscious combination of caramelised apple and balsamic…

Aria Restaurant - main course: crisp skin barramundi with seafood ravioli, braised fennel and bisque sauce

crisp skin barramundi with seafood ravioli, braised fennel and bisque sauce

Aria Restaurant - side dish: desiree potato truffle mash

side dish of the super creamy desiree potato truffle mash

Aria Restaurant - braised daube of veal with madiera and mushroom consomme and baby vegetables

braised daube of veal with madiera and mushroom consomme and baby vegetables

Me and Zen at Aria Restaurant

Zen and I at the table… with a little snippet of our Harbour Bridge view
I had the bombe alaska, which was pistachio and chestnut ice-cream smothered with soft meringue and served with pistachios and a citrus salad. The nutty texture of the pistachio complemented the sweet meringue, refreshing strawberries and citrus juices…

Aria Restaurant - dessert: bombe alaska (soft meringue) with pistachio and chestnut sorbet and a citrus salad

bombe alaska with pistachio and chestnut ice cream and a citrus salad

Aria Restaurant - coconut sorbet and chilled paw paw soup with poached vanilla pineapple and roasted coconut

coconut sorbet and chilled paw paw soup with vanilla pineapple and roasted coconut

Aria Restaurant - petit fours

petit fours
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Aria Restaurant
1 Macquarie Street
East Circular Quay, Sydney
Tel : (61 2) 9252 2555

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Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.
  • so i take it you had an enjoyable evening? 😀

  • Hi Cathy. I most certainly did have a splendid evening! The service and ambience was beautiful… but to be honest, I was a little disappointed with the veal (since I had already set my mind on the duck -which was taken off the menu)… hehe 🙂

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