When the view is Harbour Bridge on one side and Sydney Opera House on the other then there is very little that can be criticised about the view from Quay. Unfortunately that was the only thing we couldn't criticise. After our initial prompt and friendly greeting at the door the service went steeply down hill. We were offered drinks and after requesting a wine list then sat for ten minutes after closing it before a waiter came and, without asking us if we wanted drinks after our consideration, presented us with the menu. We were quick to decide on the degustation menu with matched wines but yet again waited for a very notable length of time before a waiter came over to ask about our choice. It didn't get any better. Our 'matched' wines were repeatedly out of sync with our course, twice arriving long after the food was set down and, as if to make up for this, occasionally arriving so early we could easily finish them before the next course arrived. the first 3 course were presented in tiny bowls that didn't have liner plates under them, resulting in uncomfortable, messy eating. The yabby was over cooked and the custard's texture suggested it had sat under the lights too long. The beetroot course didn't taste like it had been seasoned at all. The textures were all similar, as was the general presentation. We were offered bread twice before it actually arrived. Once the meat courses started things noticeably improved, but there were still distinct differences between our own two plates of the same dish on at least one occasion. We were impressed with the goose, pork cheek and veal, and by the wine pairings that went with them. Unfortunately as soon as we hit the dessert courses it went down hill again. To be honest they were quite shockingly bad. We were told that the first sweet course was paying homage to the chef's Andalusian influences and we both privately agreed that this dish would probably embarrass the whole region. Dull, overly sweet,eggy taste, oddly textured, visually boring, there was really just nothing pleasing about this dish. The, as we were informed, 'famed', snow egg was even more disappointing. Technically skilled it may be, but it is not very refined to look at and really disappointing on all levels of taste, texture and impressiveness. I didn't finish either of the desserts or the petit fours. Through all of these haphazardly executed, unpredictable courses the staff were rushed, unobservant(so many empty wine glasses, water glasses and general table mess that I won't even list) and unengaged. Twice the sommelier told the waiter he would explain the dish as he poured our wine and then didn't. There were a few excellent staff(particularly one female sommelier) but, disappointing food aside, the service left a really poor impression. My partner and I decided that this definitely didn't rate in the top 50 restaurants we have eaten in, many of them with lesser ratings. It definitely didn't convince us it deserved to be in the top 50 in the world.
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