Restaurant Reviews

Aria - Sydney: Restaurant review

Aria - Sydney

Address

1 Macquarie St
Sydney, NSW

Hours

Lunch daily noon-3pm;
dinner Mon-Fri 5.30pm-10.30pm,
Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 5.30pm-10pm

Prices

3 courses $145, 4 courses $170,
tasting menu $205

REVIEW

As Matt Moran matures, like a fine financial instrument, into the role of restaurateur, new talent courses through his kitchens. The latest fellow in the hot seat at this lavishly comfortable harbourside flagship is Joel Bickford. He's attached enough to the foam gun to completely obscure his rabbit and foie terrine in a chestnut spume (on purpose, even), likes his carrots smoked and is unafraid of risking incongruity (raw prawns with an otherwise lovely fillet of blue-eye) for the sake of interest. But there's flavour here, and the cooking is mostly true, even if the sweet-salt balance could do with a bit more of the tweezery care given to presentation. Aria is about as edgy as a day spa (with the soundtrack to match), but the game plan here has always been top-dollar cosseting, and with a splendid wine list and largely accommodating service, that's what you get.

Phone:
(02) 9240 2255

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Matt Moran & Joel Bickford

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.