Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sugaroom, Harris Street, Pyrmont

Sugaroom, Harris Street, Pyrmont
Saturday 30 December, 2006

Chef, Greg Anderson, formally Moran's, ARIA and Pello has been at the helm of Sugaroom since 2005. It's a beautiful setting on the water at Pyrmont overlooking Balmain - it's isolated from the rest of the hustle & bustle of the casino district and the glass walls and outdoor dining space showcase the water views.

Tonight we were celebrating - so pre dinner drinks started at my place with Grey Goose vodka shots - divine. Seven of us arrived at Sugaroom with high expectations and it delivered. What a find!

We ordered cocktails to begin and almost everyone went with the Sugar Delight - fresh pear, lime, lychees with cinnamon infused vodka & grapefruit juice - it was fruity and delicious. We also tried the Vanilla Mojito - lime & mint muddled with sugar & absolut vanilla - lovely, fresh flavour.

The service was excellent, they were courteous, helpful and arrived at our table just as we were ready to order. There were a few specials but I couldn't go past the Duck liver parfait with spiced cherries & toasted brioche for entree. It was presented on a long thin plate with three large slices of brioche and was sensational. It was incredibly rich but gee, if you are going to have a heart attack I'd like to go out eating this! My other dinner buddies couldn't go past the Half dozen Pacific oysters w pickled cucumber & daikon or the BBQ pork belly with seared scallops, seeded mustard dressing & baby herbs. Everyone raved about their entrees.

For main I ordered the Pan fried atlantic salmon fillet with crab risotto & fennel salad - this was a popular choice and it was delightful - the fennel wasn't overpowering it was the perfect compliment to the salmon that was served medium rare and the crab risotto that was tender and very, very, more-ish. Also ordered were the Roast grain fed beef fillet w oxtail, potato fondant & bernaise sauce and the Tasmanian ocean trout prepared three ways - cured, tartare & confit. Again, we couldn't fault the food - it was superb.

The wine list is also good and we sat outside enjoying the evening. However, due to noise restrictions they must move everyone inside by 10.30pm which is disappointing but understandable considering you are surrounded by residential apartments.

I am a fan of Sugaroom and will be back.

Sugaroom - 2/1 Harris Street, Pyrmont - (02) 9571 5055


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