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$155 - $203
International, Australian, Contemporary, Fusion
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were initially disappointed not to be able to get an evening booking for our wedding anniversary celebration at Quay. But we were so glad in the end because a leisurely lunch turned out to be a wonderful experience. We had a table with a...lovely view of the Harbour Bridge and the green foreground of parklands and palm trees around the cove. It was actually nicer than the main Opera House view. It was well-spaced from other diners, which we appreciated from a Covid-19 point of view as well as a privacy point of view. The food was delicious with the smoked eel cream and crispy seaweed and the garlic paste with the duck breast being a stand out. The surprise crumpets were delicious but didn't seem to go well with the rest of the menu and the crab custard would have been much better without the accompanying broth. The main thing we will remember though is the stand-out staff. All of them were friendly, extremely knowledgable about what they were serving and super-attentive but not in an overwhelming way. Communication between the number of staff serving our table was outstanding. I had said to my husband that I might like a glass of wine when the meat courses arrived and one of the staff must have heard me and remembered, because when the dish before the first meat course was cleared away the waitress mentioned the wine and offered me some suggestions about what would work well with the rest of the menu. When I expressed an interest in a piece of artwork behind the bar I was promptly taken on a tour of the other artworks in the restaurant and when we asked some questions about one of the more unusual ingredients in a particular dish (young almonds) a short while later a bowl of unshelled young almonds was brought out (unprompted) because the staff thought we might like to see how they are in their natural state. They also explained all the thinking behind the interiors of the restaurant, down to the stitching on the chairs echoing the pattern of the tiles on the Opera House sails. I love that Quay have a detailed Covid-safe plan on their website so we knew exactly what they are doing in this regard and we felt very safe dining there (our first experience dining out at a restaurant since March this year). The only very minor point I noticed is that when the table was sanitised between guests, they didn't clean under the edges of the seats, which is a high-touch surface. This is definitely the most expensive meal in Sydney but worth every penny!More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 18, 2020

What an absolute dining experience! From the moment we walked in, we were looked after. The staff non stopped looked after our table to the highest of detail I’d ever experienced. The food was a culnerary delight, every detail was perfection and tasted so good....It was a special occasion for my husband and I and it did not disappoint. The view, best in the world and will be back! Thank you!More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed August 28, 2020

My husband and I decided to try this restaurant on a sunny Saturday we did not have a booking . We were greeted by the hostess who said that it was a 6 or 8 course menu . We said oh ok she said if...you want something more affordable you could try the restaurant downstairs . So rude .More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 26, 2020 via mobile

Where to begin. Everytime we have been here the service, food, staff and views are exceptional. Views are even better now without the tacky cruise ships blocking your view! Best dining experience in Sydney.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 24, 2020

I am a bit skeptical of reputations, with many "great" restaurants often failing to deliver the expensive goods. Also, I was a bit skeptical of the contemporary menu. But what a pleasant surprise. Not only did we get a table with a great view of...the Opera House and harbour at night (no noisy, smelly cruise ships blocking the view), we weren't crammed in because of COVID-19 spacing restrictions. Our six-course tasting was superb as were the wines we paired with each dish. Not only did each of these innovative offerings looked great on the plate, every mouthful felt and tasted just as good. Moreover, none of the hero elements overwhelmed the complex combination of flavours and textures. The attention to detail was faultless both on the plate and off. For example, our chardonnay was served at exactly 13°C. The waiters were efficient and helpful without being annoyingly ever-present or chatty, and the sommelier was fantastic. Her knowledge and recommendations for each of our dishes helped make for a very successful fine-dining experience and a memorable night out.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 11, 2020 via mobile

My partner and I came here for our three year anniversary, we were disappointed with the experience. To begin with we arrived at 8:10 for a 8:15 booking, we were taken to the bar to wait for our table. We waited 30 minutes at the...bar before being taken to our seats, then another 15 minutes to get a menu after asking for one. We chose the 8 course tasting menu, by 10:30 we were only 3 dishes in and starving. The food was mainly purée, the last 3 dishes were extremely rich and heavy and left us feeling a bit ill. Our dinner concluded at 11:30. I must say this is a great location but the timing was poor and could be drastically improved if there was more solid food across the tasting menu.More

Date of visit: July 2020
adrianabfink, Marketing at Quay Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2020

Good afternoon, We are very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your dining experience at Quay. We take all feedback seriously, and our Restaurant Manager would very much like to look into this further, and get in touch personally to offer some resolve. Could...More

Reviewed July 11, 2020 via mobile

I am a big fan of Quay and to be honest I was a bit worried I wouldn't be as wowed as we were only there in January and with covid it doesn't give much time allowance for change in the menu. I take all...my worry back. The food was absolutely amazing! Some courses were new, some different , some the signature dishes, the same. Peter Gilmore and his team have created an beautiful tasting menu. My partner did the wine pairing, i did the non alcohol pairing..both super complimentary to the dishes. Its hard to pick favourites, for me possibly the cream eel, the truffle (the broth is to die for!), the moo stood out this time:) for my partner the oyster, the eek cream and the coral. I can honestly say every dish was beautiful..just fun to pick favourites. The entire staff were amazing. I fall into the higher risk of covid so it was nice to see all the staff following covid rules. So really in summary.. we LOVED our lunch. I can see why the Quay remains to be our favourite restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed July 9, 2020

This was our second visit to Quay, our last being before the renovation (the Snow Egg era). The views are still magical and the service world class. The new 8 course option degustation was available however my wife and I chose the 6 course. The...first dish is the smoked eel cream which was delicious followed by the mud crab which in our view was the dish of the evening. Third course was the Marron followed by the Manjimup truffle. To be honest, whilst the truffle was delicious it only had 1 level of texture, namely creamy. There was no popping, like the previous dishes or crunch etc Finally was the pork which was very good but by god it is a small serving for the final main. The desert is excellent but once you have had the Snow Egg it is very difficult to match and this is the case with the Coral desert. Overall a lovely evening at one of Australia's best restaurants.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 19, 2020 via mobile

After years of procrastination and bad timing, we finally made the visit to Quay. We had the 6 course tasting menu (The only option and $240 pp) with premium matching wines ($190 pp). This came at a cost of $860 for the both of us....To begin, let me say that we have experienced some of the worlds greatest restaurants and some of Sydney’s best degustation menus. Momofuku Seiobo, Bridge Room, Tetsuyas, Aria and Altitude to name a few. Sadly, In my opinion, Quay is just not up to scratch. I have no idea whether they ever were or it’s simply a by-product of the return from Covid-19 restrictions. Peter Gilmore’s reputation precedes him so I am gutted to have to review so badly. Firstly, the price is simply nothing short of extremely poor value for what is presented in terms of food and wine quality. If I’d paid less than half of this, I’d still be reviewing the experience the same. We left the restaurant still hungry and felt completely underwhelmed. The food lacked inspiration and not one of the dishes had any form of wow factor. portions were tiny and some of them were borderline comical in terms of what was on offer. The premium wine was sub standard for that kind of price so I’d hate to imagine what was on offer on the lesser value list. On a positive note, the staff were very pleasant and attentive, although I felt a little silly receiving such a lengthy explanation of each dish given its tiny portion size and lack of depth. It’s a given that there is a premium added for the outstanding location and view but unfortunately, there is no justification for the $900 charge for what we were served. To add insult to injury, we were charged a fee for paying with a debit card. I gain no pleasure from reviewing such a prestigious restaurant so poorly but wouldn’t be able to sleep at night if I’d left this all unsaid. One can only hope that the current Pandemic situation has limited the ability to hire decent chefs and things may change moving forward.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

I visited Quay for 4 course lunch menu that is served on Friday- Sunday. Though the famed harbour view was blocked by mammoth cruise ship and bit of a dampener, the food and service more than made up for it. The mixed seafood starter was...an explosion of taste in my mouth and woke me up to eagerly look forward to the other courses. Costa was the attentive waiter who painstakingly explained each course. Full marks to him. The dessert “Moo” was equally fantabulous. Overall, I rank this couple of notches higher than the other fine dining experiences in Circular Quay area (been to 3 of those) for the taste and service.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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You definitely want to be on the upper floor - we had amazing views of both. The other thing to be aware of is that a cruise ship could be in blocking your view, so I would check the shipping guides to see what is due in... More
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