Quay stands tall with pride as it occupies the 26th position on the coveted San Pellegrino Worldâs 50 best Restaurant List, and is one of the restaurants in Australia which has got the highest rank in the world rankings. It is also Australiaâs best restaurant and walked away with major culinary awards two years in a row-The Sunday Morning Herald Good Food Guide and The Australian Gourmet Traveler Restaurant guide 2009 and 2010. It has been taking awards in its kitty for its excellent cuisine.
Where is it?
This iconic restaurant is situated in the dress circle of the harbor and offers magnificent views. From Sydney Harbor Bridge to Opera House, youâll be stunned by the dazzling views Quay offers. Not only is Quay the envy of many Australian restaurants but is an icon of envy for the whole world. Built in an exquisite style of steel and glass, it has been done in simple but elegant style. The beauty of the place occupies centre stage with the interior designs of this restaurant.
What makes it the best?
If you are visiting the Quay for having a lunch, then enjoy the hues of the brilliant sunshine as well as the bustling activities around the harbor and around. All the action at the Opera House with its ferry terminals, railway station and plenty of shopping attractions can be viewed from here. The lighting and the majestic setting of the place give it an ethereal feel. Grab a table in the tower or book a private dining room. Wherever you are seated in the restaurant, youâll feel itâs the best and have the best of everything here.
The astounding success of Quay has to be credited to its Chef Peter Gilmore. His matchless energy and culinary passion has been amazingly brought well deserved international acclaim to this place. Every dish is a new experiment for him and has a touch of innovation to it. Rare vegetables and flowers are an essential ingredient of his dishes. Have a meal here to have an exceptional culinary experience.
Top notch dining
Delight in the eight course menu complete with matching wines that reflects Peter Gilmoreâs outstanding inventory. The first course is the chefâs signature dish Sea Pearls comprising of fresh seafood set in jelly. Inspired by the different colors of nature, this dish stood out for the rich fish. Tuna fish, mud crab and eel were the pearls and wrapped in amazing ways that gave it an appetizing look and were accompanied by dry, young wine. The second course is the chefâs tribute to seasonal vegetables. Pickled rhubarb, beetroot, cooked endive, purple carrot, radish and kohlrabi were made into a complex winter salad. The salad dressing also stood apart by its contrasting hues that added the right flavor edible violet flower and breadcrumbs dipped in pomegranate juice.
The third course is again a seafood course that had slices of south lobster which preserved the lusciousness. In between the slices of the lobster, there were noodles so soft that just melted in the mouth. Accompanied by dry white wine, it complimented the dish perfectly. The fourth course consisted of a coturnix quail breast that was prepared by initial roasting and then cooked. Chestnut puree and walnuts gave an additional flavor. This dish was accompanied by burgundy wine. The next two courses comprised of pig meat and beef that were cooked in the best and innovative way possible.
The dessert course is an unforgettable treat to remember. The first desert âJewelsâ was based on a theme of searching for precious stones under the snow. This desert prepared with grapefruit, cranberries and pomegranate jellies is an amazing dish to delve at. The final dessert comprised a warm brioche that was coated in maltose crust and vanilla and palm blossom gave it the necessary flavor. Caramelized walnuts and cream along with caramelized white chocolate were suffused into this dessert in perfect harmony. Accompanied by sweet wine, this dessert will leave you speechless. Hence, it could be a nice location to taste some delicious foods.
Besides the food, the other features of the place deserve a special mention. The cutlery and ceramic dishes complimented the food perfectly and highlighted the food to the best possible extent. The service was up to the mark and the staff was well-informed and patiently answered all the food queries. In addition to being a recipient of many awards, Quay hosts Australiaâs finest and exclusive parties. Along with the finger-licking cuisine, the guests are enamored by the beauty surrounding the place.