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I’m slowly churning through my list of February eats. So here’s a blast from the past…. Feb 14.
What better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day than at the top? Astral is a one-hatter from this year’s SMH Good Food Guide. This was something we had booked months in advance. From within a glass elevator, we were greeted with 270 degree views of Sydney Harbour. Oooo… ahhh… the interior is also rather stunning. The furnishings were plush and sophisticated, the chandeliers were rich… and around us, couples in love admired the gleaming city skyscrapers.

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - table

A sweet melody of Cafferel chocolates and sugar coated almonds were scattered on the candle-lit tables.

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - Moet and Chandon champagne

Moët & Chandon

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - truffled cauliflower veloute with its own beignet

truffled cauliflower veloute with its own beignet

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - bread roll

freshly baked bread… crisp and warm on the outside, and fluffy on the inside. It was served with room temperature butter and sea salt flakes.

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - blue swimmer crab salad with cucumber gazpacho and avocado

blue swimmer crab salad with cucumber gazpacho and avocado; this was so refreshing!

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - certified angus beef tenderloin served pink with pomme bataille

certified angus beef tenderloin served pink with pomme bataille

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - berry compote

berry compote

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - berry compote

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - chocolate and orange tart with 24ct gold leaf and isigny creme fraiche

chocolate and orange tart with 24ct gold leaf and isigny creme fraiche

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - at the table

Zen & me at the table… (I wish the cute embroidered flowers at the bottom of my dress were visible)

Valentines Day 2007 at Astral Restaurant - sydney harbour views

Sydney Harbour views
Thanks for a 5 star night, Zen. Love you lots!
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Astral Restaurant
Level 17, 80 Pyrmont Street (Star City)
Web: astralrestaurant.com.au

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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.