Was in Australia on a trip which included Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. Naturally, tried to venture to new restaurants. Dinner at Sardine Room, which I went with 3 other friends, turned out to be the best meal I had in Australia!
First of all, Angela lived up to her reputation as a fun, gracious host. Her casual manner and sardonic humour immediately broke the ice and put all of us at ease.
We decided to share our starters, which was a good idea because the portions were generous. We ordered the squid ravioli (2 orders because each order came with 2 pieces), shrimp wanton and the calamari. Our favourite was the calamari. Tasty and addictive. The ravioli was good too, each containing an egg yolk which was supposed to be cooking even as it was served. The explosion of the semi-cooked egg yolk in the mouth was a sensation to remember, though I found the ravioli skin a tad thick and tough. The shrimp wantons were fragrant and tasty -- we could smell the dish when it was to a neighbouring table, which convinced us that we made the right choice. If I were to be fussy, I would say that the skin of the wanton wasn't quite up to scratch -- too thick and a bit tough.
For mains, we ordered the baby snapper (supposed to be the signature dish), seafood moussaka, seafood pie and trout with truffle risotto. The baby snapper was, by no means baby in size! It was deep fried and drizzled with a soy sauce-chives gravy, giving it a very Asian flavour. The moussaka was a nice balance between the egg plant and other ingredients cooked in a tasty sauce. Ditto the seafood pie. The trout on the risotto was so so, but the truffle risotto itself was heavenly, with the right subtle touch of truffle aroma which I personally like.
The guys in our party did not have room for desserts but the girls order one to share. I forget what is was...though we took a pic :) By all accounts, it was very good!
Angela is apparently expecting, with the baby due in August-September. We wish her well and look forward to visiting The Sardine Room when we are next in Sydney.
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