Overlooking the Opera House, Matt Moran’s Aria didn’t disappoint.
If you’re doing a pre-theatre menu, I highly recommend doing 2 courses, I’ve tried doing 3 but boy, was that an exhilarating rush. Never again.
Pepe Saya butter with Iggy’s Honey spelt and white sourdough
That honey spelt bread was a winner. It was sweet but retained its aromatic freshness.
Roasted Pork with apples & Black Pudding
I adore black pudding. So the moment I heard that there was black pudding on this ‘special’ dish of the night, I was in. The crackling was super crunchy – by super crunchy, I mean the entire restaurant hearing me chew that baby down. Worth it.
The pork itself as tender, though slightly over cooked but the juiciness of the meat was still there & The apples added a refreshing sweetness to the dish.
Roasted lamb rump with fermented cima di rapa, flowering chives and roasted garlic sauce
Textural orgasm. The flavour of the lamb was strong although the meat itself was a little overcooked and tough.
Caramel tart with coffee ice cream, mandarins & hazelnuts
The caramel was incredibly smooth and delicate. It was a definite melt-in-your-mouth moment. The hazelnuts were the perfect addition to make a ‘good’ dessert to ‘stunning’. The coffee ice cream was packed full of flavour and the mandarin segments added a citrus-y burst of goodness.
Pink lady apple sorbet with coconut parfait, rhubarb, raspberries and toasted granola
The pink apple sorbet was sweet, but the coconut parfait was delicate, creamy and had a good hit of coconut. The granola added a textural contrast to the smoothness and the raspberries & rhubarb had more than enough sourness to them.
Oh, and also very impressed with those petit fours – amazing chewy macaron, the truffle with an earl grey ganache filling, lemongrass white chocolate and Lemon curd tart. Could I get those take away please?
Til next time!