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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Windows on the Park Restaurant @ Pullman Hotel, Sydney

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As a belated birthday celebration for one of my closest girlfriends 21st birthday, we went to Windows on the Park Restaurant. The restaurant is located inside Sydney's Pullman HotelIt is a relatively small restaurant, that provides a wonderful view of Hyde Park, with the ability to see part of Sydney's War Memorial Monument. 

Complimentary bread with flower shaped butter
 Entrées:


Roasted quail with baby beetroot, fried calvolo nero and puy lentils
Calvolo neo is a type of kale that provides a slight bitterness to a dish. The quail was succulent, filled with flavour and the roasted baby beetroot was delicious. 

Harvey Bay oysters with key lime sorbet and seawater pearls
An ample serving of oysters for an entrée which was strangely not served with lemon wedges. The sea water pearls were very salty. I think fresh oysters with lemon can't go wrong.


Slow cooked pork belly with tonka beans and red miso
This was my entrée  and I found the serving to be very generous. The pork belly was beautifully cooked, but my only wish would be for a crispier skin. The sauces accompanied the pork belly well, providing a subtle Asian twist.
Sherry vinegar cured Yellowfin tuna belly with Iberico ham, red capsicum and almond crunch
A refreshing entrée filled with flavour and texture. All the elements were fun to try, and delightful. It is very appropriate dish if you don't want a warm entrée.

Mains:
Rosemary infused Riverina lamb cutlets with baby gem lettuce and truss cherry tomato
One of my friends always orders lamb, just the same as how I always order duck. The lamb was juicy, and always goes well with rosemary. It was filled with colours and flavours of summer.

Roasted muscovy duck with braised Belgium endive
You can't go wrong with ordering duck as a main course. The duck was slightly overcooked, which made it a bit chewy but didn't disappoint the taste buds. I loved the carrots and mushrooms, made the dish much better.

Sage scented grain-fed beef eye fillet in red wine, softened chats and oyster mushrooms
The grain-fed beef was cooked to my friends request of medium, which is always a good thing when it comes to ordering steak. The caramelised mushrooms were succulent, and potatoes with steak can never go wrong.

Desserts:
Palette of chocolate with peanuts and popcorn ice cream
This serving was massive, and a great end to the meal. The popcorn ice cream was topped with popcorn and caramel and contained peanuts within it. The palette of chocolate was rich with flavour and enough to share between two people consideringthe size of the entrées and mains.

 
Dark ganache with pistachio soil and Malibu flavoured summer fruits
Spoonfuls of ganache with mango/coconut flavoured sauce. The pistachios added a subtle crunch.The ganache was intense, no one was able to finish all of this. 

Ricotta cheesecake with toffee glaze, walnut chutney and meringue
A light dessert for those not wooed by the power of chocolate. It wasn't as heavy as some cheesecakes may be. The nuttiness of the walnut chutney was delectable. 

The overall dining experience was delightful, with the staff assisting us in many ways possible. 

Good food, good times!

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