Aqua Dining – 3 Course Weekend with a View

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It’s absolutely amazing how Sydney’s harbour bridge can be transformed into a specular light show during winter. This unique annual event of light should also be celebrated along with graduations and birthdays. The location of Aqua Dining is spot on, and a great setting overlooking the Harbour Bridge, North Sydney Olympic pool and Luna Park. For special events, the 3 Course Weekend Delights $75 (usually weekday $89) is absolutely recommended. Their service is outstanding and friendly. Each course was decent and portion size was generous, but not mind blowing.

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Sydney’s Harbour Bridge

We were surprised with complimentary soup – You’ll lick your plate clean because it’s very creamy and smooth with fresh herbs of parsley.

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Complimentary soup

Using premium ingredients, this fresh slice of sourdough and olive oil certainly is just plain good. It’s unquestionably authentic as it has a thick crunchy crust and a warm dense flavourful centre.

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Sourdough bread with olive oil

We started off with the first course, entrée- Tuna tartare with flakes of congo potatoes, dollops of rocket aioli, a squeeze of lime and chopped pieces of radishes. I found the tuna tartare to be a bit mushy as it looked like it was finely chopped up or blended. The aioli paired so well with the tuna as it provided an enjoyable smooth texture. As for the potatoes, it offered a crumbly texture, so it’s best to eat it separately.

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Tuna tartare

The presentation showed off the Crispy cannoli in a very bright way. The cannoli is super golden crisp on the outside stuffed with creamy burrata, beetroot, carrot & celeriac and sprinkles of olive dust. Flavours of winter vegetables take center stage in this signature creation.

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Crispy cannoli

On the hunt for some cocktail? Well we ordered the refreshing Lychee & Lemongrass Martini ($18) – It gets a bit too sweet after a while, but it’s great the lychee is infused with vodka.

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Lychee & Lemongrass Martini ($18)

The deliciousness just keeps coming from our second course- Salmon with a fresh twist of fennel puree, red cabbage, raspberry glaze and to garnish black sesame. You will taste the smokey grilled salmon flavours throughout and the puree provides a smooth element to this dish. For the raspberry, I was a bit puzzled about the flavours of sweet and sour note.

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Salmon

A unique offering that I found very interesting and cheesy is the Beef fillet with smoked scamorza, potato mille-feuille and drizzled in red wine sauce. My goodness, smoked scamorza atop a beef fillet? That’s what “Aqua-Dining” offers. It’s so damn good that there’s not much more that needs to be said. Yes, I thoroughly enjoyed the juicy tender fillet and the layers of potato mille-feuille, but I instantly fell in love with the crisp smoked scamorza. A savory ingredient that is so hard to dislike.

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Beef fillet

Shockingly, the Semi dried pear was particularly noteworthy as it’s served in creme fraiche and star anise granita. This dish mastered the flavours as the syrupy sauce clings onto the pear. It’s versatile to have it with the creme fraiche as it adds an extra texture. As for the granita, it provides a chilled palette refresher with a bright and vibrant flavour.

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Semi dried pear

A really heart-warming treat is the reddish colour of the Rhubarb compote. This gives it an elegant exotic look and is well worth your tastebuds. It goes extremely well with the milk ice cream and crunchy hazelnut biscuit.

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Rhubarb compote

You’d have to be a fan of complimentary petit fours, right? I hope complimentary is already a given. The petit fours included chocolate biscuit, meringue and chewy almond orange biscuit.

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Petit fours

 Aqua Dining is undoubtedly one of the best views for dining. Though food is slightly ordinary for fine dining but it was absolutely delightful to eat whilst watching the sceneries of Sydney. I recommend Aqua Dining to anyone for special events or romantic couple dining. The staff were attentive and helpful, which made it worth the money. Yes, towards the end, you get petit fours. Hoorah to extra sweet treats!

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Photos by Vanny Tang

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17 thoughts on “Aqua Dining – 3 Course Weekend with a View

    Padaek said:
    June 23, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Beautiful photos! The one of the bridge is such a great pic. The food looks very precise and delicious. The dish of tuna tartare looks lovely – alas it did not mix well together. 🙂

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Thank Q! Love good company with good food. Just never knew there’s a restaurant right opposite the harbour bridge, literally. 😛

    onlyhereforfoodporn said:
    June 23, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Amazing photos as always! I always wonder who is lucky enough to go on all these wonderful meals with you 🙂

    milkteaxx said:
    June 23, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    mmm that beef fillet!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 24, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      Yes that fillet is deeeeeeee-lious! 😀

    Helen | Grab Your Fork said:
    June 23, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Some very fancy plating going on here! Especially the dots around the tuna tartare!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 24, 2014 at 12:30 AM

      Still feel a thrill every time I see the presentation of the tuna tartare. Pretty funky! 😀

    Cassandra (@__cassiiieee) said:
    June 25, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    The salmon looks amazing!
    I’m just imagining the crispy skin! 😀

    Gourmet Getaways said:
    June 25, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Lovely photos! Can’t wait to try the crispy cannoli (which looks really pretty!) and the lychee martini! Thanks for sharing!

    Julie
    Gourmet Getaways

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 25, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Thanks Julie! The crispy cannoli is worth ordering. Can’t say no to lychees or martinis 😄

    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said:
    June 26, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Looks like you had a great time! We had a really odd time there with service when I went there for lunch-they were not rude but almost rude!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      Been searching for restaurants with spectacular views! Glad Aqua Dining is one of them. Shame service wasn’t as great for you, perhaps it must be rush hour.

    ChopinandMysaucepan said:
    June 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Dear Vanny,

    I came here a couple of times and agree the food is playing a bit of catch up with the spectacular views.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      June 26, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Such a lovely spot in Sydney, definitely requires a nice fine meal 😀

    Joseph (@UpForAFeed) said:
    June 29, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    The presentation of the food is beautiful, the tuna looks too good to eat. Excellent photos!!

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