Choosing a restaurant which will satisfy my parents’ palate is a tough job which I am often left in charge of. It’s an easy choice if we want Chinese or Vietnamese cuisine but when it comes to celebratory restaurants, there is a lot I need to take into consideration.
I wanted to take the family out to celebrate my spectacular year as an entrepreneur. I needed a glamorous but non-pretentious fine-dining restaurant that was Asian-inspired, such that the flavours were still slightly familiar. I preferred restaurants which I had previously been to so that I could guarantee the serving sizes would be decent. The options were narrowed down to Quay and Flying Fish, and as you can tell by the title of this post, we ended up at Flying Fish.

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - private dining room

I’ve always wanted to eat in the private dining room, but hadn’t because it was too costly for a birthday cocktail party… So it turns out that all it takes to eat in there, is a booking of eight people or more! Being led into the private dining room with our own waiter was pretty cool! Peter Kuruvita even came in for a quick chat and photo. Mum, who had seen him on Masterchef was stoked ๐Ÿ™‚

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - amuse bouche of kingfish tartare with avruga and cucumber salad

Since we were here to celebrate ‘me’, I thought we might as well do it in style with the tasting menu ($110 per person) – my kid brother included!
We start with an amuse bouche of kingfish tartare with avruga and cucumber salad. The taste is clean and refreshing, it was a mouthful of delight.
First course is the seared yellow fin tuna which I have become well-acquainted with now, having had it at Taste Of Sydney two years in a row and at the restaurant itself multiple times. The contrasting textures of the perfectly seared tuna with ruby red grapefruit gems and crunchy pork crackling is exactly as I had remembered it… Divine. The black pepper caramel lets us finish on a sweet and lingering note.

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - seared yellow fin tuna with ruby red grapefruit and sweet pork crackling

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - family portrait with the chef, Peter Kuruvita

Next is the smoked rainbow trout which is served with fennel cream and celery heart salad, on a slab of Himalayan salt. As you can see, the presentation of this is gorgeous! The pairing of fennel and celery is stunning in this as it adds just a mild cleansing note to the dish which highlights the distinctive flavours of the fish.

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - smoked rainbow trout served on Himalayan salt, fennel cream and celery heart salad

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - rainbow trout

Following the rainbow trout are scallops – white scallops with boudin noir, carrot puree, grape and pine nut dressing. I love the use of the boudin noir (black pudding) here which enhances the plate with a rich and luscious flavour.

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - white scallops with boudin noir, carrot puree, grape and pine nut dressing

Main course is a choice between the blue-eye and lamb. Since I don’t enjoy the taste of lamb, I opt for the fish.
The blue eye is pan roasted with scallop mousse, white beans, pumpkin puree and braised chicken, producing a really delicate and scrumptiously delicious result.

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - main course - choice of pan roasted blue eye with scallop mousse, white beans, pumpkin puree and braised chicken

Others have the mushroom-infused White Pyrness Lamb loin with fondant potato, braised shoulder and black garlic.

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - main course, choice of mushroom infused white pyrenees lamb loin with fondant potato, braised shoulder and black garlic

Side dishes are Flying Fish’s signature chips with chilli salt and salad greens. The chips are chunky and crunchy with an amazing fluffy interior. The chilli salt is gorgeous! Luckily, I still have some at home… Guess who’s going to be making roast potatoes with chilli salt tonight? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - side dishes of salad and chips

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - dessert - chestnut souffle, elderflower sorbet, lemon curd, chocolate delice and raspberry sorbet

The dessert tasting plate consists of a chestnut souffle to which we are advised to dunk in the spoonful of gingerbread ice cream and honeycomb. There’s also an Italian Amedei chocolate delice with pecans, an almond and elderflower souffle, a lemon curd square, and a champagne and raspberry sorbet. Then after tea and coffee, we end this gastronomic adventure with a delectable plate of petit fours.

Celebratory dinner at Flying Fish restaurant, Pyrmont, Sydney - degustation tasting menu - petit fours

Flying Fish remains one of my favourite restaurants to celebrate special occasions and tonight, I am all celebrated out.

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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 Sydneyโ€™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.
  • Yum! I’ve not had the tasting menu at Flying Fish before. I think it has to be a must after this! Congratulations!

  • WOW That is freaking awesome!! beautiful shots of the food and loving the family shot Jen! Hey congrats on living the dream one year on! You actually inspire me alot! Wish I was there to go and eat with you and Zen, only I was in Sydney more!!! arghhhhh hahahahaaha!! I haven’t been to Flying fish before but will have to hit it up now since you have recommended it!!! Blessings!!! Your fan Doyleeeeeeee

  • Aww congrats Jen!
    Lovely pic of the family =)

  • Jen

    Thank you! The tasting menus is so fantastically planned, each course just keeps getting better and better!

  • Jen

    Aww thanks Doyle! Lovely hearing from you – catch up soon!!! xx

  • Jen

    Hehehe, thanks Angie! Gonna get that one framed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Argh- looks amazing. Now I am left wanting the pork, scallops and blue eye. Yum- looks like you had a lovely dinner.

  • Aww congratulations! Looks like a beautiful celebration and I think it’s fantastic that you recognise your achievements and give yourself a pat on the back for it!

  • wow, that is quite the restaurant and quite the meal — one you’ll never forget, i’m sure! thanks for stopping by squirrel bread.
    cheers,
    *heather*

  • YUM! That salad looks like a bouquet!
    And congrats!

  • The tasting menu looks like the way to go..

  • Jen

    Thanks Tina! The salad is pretty isn’t it! I love their attention to detail.

  • Jen

    Yep, definitely… Unless you don’t book early enough and have limited time at the table, then the a la carte is pretty awesome too.

  • Jen

    Thanks Heather!

  • Jen

    The cravings are perfect inspiration for cooking dinner perhaps ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen

    Thanks so much! I find it really motivating that I get to share my achievements with family & friends ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hey, congratulations! What a way to celebrate and your little brother must to chuffed to tell his friends he had a tasting dinner at Flying Fish (not that they would know what it is)!

  • I know how hard it can be to satisfy family palettes but looks like you chose an awesome meal and well deserved too! Congrats on the year!

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