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Friday, February 15, 2013

Cafe Sydney

Cafe Sydney

That's right, if you're walking on plexiglass over mini Sydney, you're in the right building.
5th Floor, Customs House, Alfred St.
+61 2 9251 8683

Not to keep flattering the Park Hyatt concierge, Christian, but he gave us a great dinner recommendation. He not only recommended it but he got us a reservation at the best table in the house. So I get that Café Sydney is like going to hmm... I don’t know, The View rooftop rotating restaurant atop the Marriott Times Square?? Yes, that would be the comparison since the view from our table is the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. With a view like that, one would think ‘touristy,’ ‘overpriced,’ ‘pretentious,’ ‘overrated,’ etc. 
Dewer's Scotch + side of rocks (oh yes, they measure the 1 ounce every time), and a passion fruit cocktail to start.
We weren’t sure what to expect, but we were pleasantly surprised. Upon arrival we were directed to the lounge while we wait for our table. Clever move, we never pass up a cocktail. We sink awkwardly into low grounded chairs, cross our legs, and hope that our skirts are in place while we order our first round. When our table is ready we are seated at at open-air deck. Our waiter informs us that being guests of ‘the hotel’  (Park Hyatt?) we have a complimentary appetizer of salmon roe, salmon tartar, salsa, and guacamole on a crisp. We order a variety of naan that’s more than any breadbasket could ever be, and we dog it quickly. 
The view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge from our table
All kinds of naan for the table
Our salmon + salsa + guacamole appetizer bite
We tried the grilled Queensland prawns with spanner crab ravioli, zucchini, and crustacean broth.  We also tried the swordfish with mussels and diamond clam. Both were beautiful and tasty! Our waiter, although slow at times (a trend I found in Australian dining), was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Overall, the bill was around $100. For a dinner with that table, that view, that ambiance, it was worth it. And we left there with full bellies. 
Swordfish + mussels + diamond clam
Queensland prawns + spanner crab ravioli

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