I always find it exciting to read up on those annual top restaurant lists. Not only do they offer some inspiration into what restaurants to aspire to some day dine at, but I like to see what the "experts" have to say and it's always exciting to see Australian restaurants do well in the lists.
As I'm sure many of you know, Marque in Surry Hills has been making some good impressions on the national and international levels having entered into the San Pellegrino's top 100 list, and topped a few Australian and Sydney restaurant award lists.
Last year, I managed to get myself a booking for a Friday night at Marque to try out their ever evolving degustation dinner. Although Marque is situated in the suburbs, is not a large restaurant, and it doesn't have the spectacular view of say Quay; the food, service experience generally (including a very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable wine sommelier) were impeccable and we left there raving about our experience.
Of course, I managed to get some photos to share of our meal that night and here they are.
Chaud-Froid Free Range Egg
Almond Jelly with Blue Swimmer Crab, Almond Gazpacho, Sweet Corn & Avruga
2004, Markus Molitor, Riesling Spätlese, Zeltinger Himmelreich, Mosel, Germany
Ike Jime Squid with Smoked Goat's Curt, Young Coconut & Black Radish
2008, G&J-H Goiso, Aligoté, Bourgogne Aligoté, Burgundy, France
Roast St Helen's Oyster with Mustard & Ham Vinaigrette
2008, Gulfi 'Valcanzjria' Carricante/Chardonnay/Albanello, Siciliy, Italy
Veal Sweetbread with White Asparagus, Rosemary, Celriac & Onion
2005, D. Ostertag, 'Barriques' Pinot Gris, Alsace, France
Roast Muscovy Duck with Steamed Eggplant, Yoghurt and Dried Scallop
2007 Quinta de la Rosa, Touriga Nacional & Franca, Tinta Barroca & Roriz, Douro, Portugal
Wagyu Sirloin with Beetroot, Radicchio, Cocoa, Peanuts and Vanilla
2009, Jamsheed, 'The Garden Gully' Syrah, Great Western, Victoria
Chocolate Mousse 'écrasé', Eucalyptus & Coconut
Salted Caramel Chocolates & Bitter Bon Bons
A great experience, maybe next time I'll do a narrative too!