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Quay
Modern Australian
  • Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal,
    The Rocks,
    Sydney, NSW
  • (02) 9251 5600,
    quay.com.au
  • Lunch Fri-Sun noon-1.30pm

    Dinner daily 6pm-9.30pm

     

Quay
-33.85985,151.20901

Share plates. No bookings. Bar dining. None of these things trouble you at Quay, a restaurant that floats beyond trends as serenely as its dining room floats above the harbour, affording perfect views of bridge and Opera House both. Chef Peter Gilmore creates his own culinary language on the bespoke plates with rare ingredients and even rarer emphasis on texture in tandem with flavour. Crisp feathers of seaweed and dried scallop bring radical savoury richness to a take on XO sauce that counters the powerful sweetness of marron, while the layering of tastes in a composition of white walnuts, smoked eel, fermented mushrooms and pancetta is both adroit and artful, echoed later by a dessert playing the same nuts against prunes soaked in Madeira and caramelised white chocolate. It's a big operation, and service remains more rote than relaxed, but buffered by acres of ironed linen and a fine wine list, it can't obscure Quay's essential lustre.


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At a glance

  • Food:
  • Three Stars
  • Wine:
  • Three glasses
  • Price:
  • Lunch menus $150-$235;

    Dinner $175-$235

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings essential
  • Chef:
  • Peter Gilmore

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