Yes, this is another celebratory meal.
I am not one to overlook any excuse for a celebratory meal and the completion of the first project of my new food marketing agency seemed like a good enough excuse as any other.

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch

Although still in winter, we Sydneysiders are frequently spoilt with gorgeous warm days, making outdoor dining restaurants such as Ripples, the perfect destination.
I love the casual yet elegant ambiance and the waterside seating so searching for the right restaurant to celebrate this special occasion was relatively easy.
I am here with the project team.
While waiting for the last person to arrive, we start with some nibbles. There’s the warm confit garlic bread with walnut aillade and pesto butter ($8) and warm marinated mixed olives & white anchovy w baguette & anchoiade ($7.50).

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - nibbles - warm confit garlic bread with walnut aillade and pesto butter, $8

The roasted whole garlics are so sweet and flavoursome. Paired with the walnut aillade, it is rich and robust.

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - nibbles - warm marinated olives and white anchovy with baguette and anchoiade, $7.50

The anchoiade is unlike anything I’ve ever had. It’s such a simple concept that really works. Lock me up with a jar of this and a long baguette any day!
I also have the mocktail ($8), a refreshing concoction of orange, pineapple, cranberry and soda that is finished with fresh mint and a glace cherry. K has the bloody mary ($12).

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - drinks - mocktail, a fresh mix of oj, pineapple and cranberry juice with a dash of soda, fresh mint and cherry, $8 and a bloody mary, $12

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - roast barramundi fillet on chive gnocchi, petit peas bonne femme with lardons, $29

While the others have the roast barramundi fillet on chive gnocchi, petit peas bonne femme with lardons ($29), thyme and parmesan crumbed pork cutlet with braised red cabbage, calvados apples and sweet potato puree ($29), char grilled scotch fillet with cafe de paris butter, chips and winter leaf salad ($28), and duck cassoulet with pork belly, white beans and toulouse sausage ($28), I opt for the winter special.

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - thyme and parmesan crumbed pork cutlet with braised red cabbage, calvados apples and sweet potato puree, $29

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - char grilled scotch fillet with cafe de paris butter, chips and winter leaf salad, $28

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch -  duck cassoulet with pork belly, white beans and toulouse sausage, $28

The winter special ($39.90) features a whole lobster mornay with garlic crumbs and a glass of French sparkling.
The lobster is a tad small but the garlic crumbs and creamy goodness is sensational. I also like the coleslaw of micro-herbs with finely shaved green and purple cabbage and carrot.

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - winter special of whole lobster mornay with garlic crumbs and glass of french sparkling, $39.90

Dessert at Ripples is excellent from portion size to execution. I have the burnt lemon tart with lemon curd bombe alaska and macadamia toffee ($13).

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - dessert of, burnt lemon tart, lemon curd bombe alaska and macadamia toffee, $13

The macadamia toffee crumbs is so addictive, I get close to licking the plate, but it is the burnt lemon tart which stands out. The shell is crisp and crumbly and the caramelised lemon filling is just tangy and so splendidly wonderful.

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - close up of burnt lemon tart

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - close up of bombe alaska

The others have the chocolate trio ($14), featuring chocolate fondant, salted caramel tart and chocolate marquise, the warm gingerbread pudding with sourcream ice cream, orange caramel sauce and Persian fairy floss ($13) and the espresso martini ($16).

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - dessert of chocolate trio - chocolate fondant, salted caramel tart and chocolate marquise, $14

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - dessert of warm gingerbread pudding with sourcream ice cream, orange caramel sauce, $13

Ripples restaurant, Sydney Wharf - celebratory lunch - espresso martini - freshly pulled shot of coffee mixed with vanilla, Stolichnaya and french coffee, $16

And what a memorable and lovely brunch it was…

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Ripples at Sydney Wharf
56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW
Phone: (02) 9571 1999
Web: www.ripplescafe.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.
  • Mmmm, I’m feeling the love in those dessert photo’s!

  • I havent been here yet, I nearly went for brunch once but the weather was terrible & they had the wind breakers down. sadface!

  • I have to go back for that lemon tart… so good! And nice to see that they’ve changed some items on the menu as well!

  • I’ve been meaning to visit one of the Ripples restaurants. I wonder if the one in Milsons Point is the same as this one. If so, I’m so going there this weekend! 😀

  • I love also the photo food handling certificate

  • oh i want to eat here everything looks great 🙂

  • Congrats on the new biz!
    I’m looking to get into Ripples one sunny Saturday soon… 🙂

  • Nice view,food looks lovely.That lemon tart,what can I say but yum!