Friday, October 27, 2006

Wildfire, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay

Wildfire, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay
Friday 27 October, 2006

The last week of Good Food Month...quick we've got to book in for one last Let's Do Lunch! It doesn't take much to get the troops organised. A quick poll was conducted of the city Let's Do Lunch offerings and Wildfire came up trumps.

In recent times, Wildfire was awarded Winner - Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant, Informal 2006 (Restaurant & Catering NSW Metropolitan Awards for Excellence) - this is splashed across the main page of their website along with awards won in 2002 - 2004. The other interesting statement is their quest for 'Wow',

"The creative force of Wildfire, New Zealand restaurateur Tonci Farac (Cin Cin Auckland) has created a restaurant with a wow factor all of its own.

In a refreshing departure from cool Sydney minimalism, Wildfire features an exciting design that is sensual, lavish and maximalist on a New York scale. Taking full advantage of its awesome location, and boasting world famous views of Sydney Harbour and the Opera House, Wildfire instantly won "Best new Sydney restaurant" by Vanity Fair Magazine July 2002 and the coveted Wine List over three consecutive years in 2002, 2003 & 2004 from the Restaurant & Catering Association NSW."

Our group of 11 arrived just after 1pm and were greeted by the surly cow on the front desk. Great start! She directed us upstairs and when we didn't follow immediately loudly repeated her request and marched on up the stairs. Thank goodness she didn't stick around and left us in the capable hands of our friendly waiter.

As part of Good Food Month, Wildfire are offering - Fillet of Tasmanian salmon served with quandon berry, fennel casserole and almond sauce with a glass of Brown Brothers Sauvignon Blanc, 2002 or James Squire Pilsener for $35pp. The majority of our group went with this option whilst the others selected from the a la carte menu - Rapido roast of the week with a glass of wine for $29pp.

We watched as food was delivered to the neighbouring tables and I must say the next time I return I will be having the Churrasco - fire roasted meats bought to the table on large skewers and sliced onto your plate - they look amazing.

The atmosphere was great, the view is sensational - but when a large catarmaran goes past you need your sunglasses as the glare is blinding - and the food was very good. The Good Food Month special was lovely - the salmon was delicious and the large chunks of fennel were complimented with the subtle flavour of the berry. We also ordered bowls of fries as they just looked so good (and they were, deliciously crispy).

We all enjoyed it.

Wildfire - Ground floor, Overseas Passenger Terminal, Circular Quay - (02) 8273 1222


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