The degustation: probably the only time when it’s socially acceptable to eat up to 12 courses in public (it’s a whole different ballgame when you’re at home on the couch). Nonetheless, we can never pass up a lengthy selection of small, carefully thought out portions of food from Sydney’s best restaurants, especially when it usually involves getting a little suited up and drinking a lot of wine in the process.
Whether it’s a special occasion or just a way to sample as much of the best food in Sydney as possible, degustations are always a good idea. Here are some of Sydney’s best.
When you’re dining at what is, without question, one of the best restaurants in the Sydney (and the world) you want to taste as much of it as possible. Luckily the chefs at Momofuku only offer a degustation menu that covers all of the fresh, Australian-inspired ingredients they can offer. Getting a table is a little tricky (online bookings open 10 days in advance) but it will be a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience.
Six courses and a whole lot of ‘wow’ is what you’ll get at Ume in Surry Hills, who offer a five, six or seven course tasting menu with optional sake and wine matching. The menu changes depending on the current season and food availability, but you can expect impossibly fresh seafood and meat as well as warm service.
Known for some of the best views from a restaurant in Sydney and a stellar menu to match, Jonah’s is the perfect getaway no matter the time of year. The seven-course degustation includes a selection of Australian meat and seafood, as well as optional wine pairing designed by the in-house sommelier that will bring out the very best in each dish.
The beauty of a degustation menu is in its attention to detail, as well as allowing some crazy combinations that only stellar chefs could come up with. Flying Fish is no exception, offering a 10-course degustation that covers everything from honey Moreton Bay bugs to wild fennel with herb compressed apple. Don’t knock it ‘till you try it, Listers, this is one epic journey of a meal with a mind-blowing view to match.
One of the original best restaurants in Sydney, Buon Ricordo has become a Paddington institution thanks to its history of authentic Italian fare and seamless service with a smile from owner and head chef Armando Percuoco. The eight-course degustation menu changes to suit each season, but rest assured you will want to get your hands on the signature truffle egg pasta, which is hands down one of the best meals we’ve eaten in Sydney.
Ormeggio At The Spit
Another beautiful restaurant with an incredible water view, Ormeggio At The Spit combines contemporary Italian cuisine with locally-sourced Australian fare and comes out with an array of dishes that look like works of art on your plate and will give your tastebuds a hint at the high life. Think biodynamic veal tonnato, or suckling pig with Jerusalem artichoke and fennel pollen.
One of the original farm-to-table restaurants in Sydney, Sean’s Panaroma has a classic chalkboard menu that displays the seasonal produce on offer each week. Because of this, you never really know what you’re going to get at this North Bondi restaurant, but you can be sure you’ll be raving about it for weeks afterwards.
The Owl House
It may look and sound like a modern small bar, but has some serious gastronomy going on and they want you to know about it. The six-course degustation includes oysters, octopus terrine and a succulent lamb rump. We got a little over excited when we discovered there was a cocktail pairing option with each dish, or wine if that’s your fancy. There’s always a great time to be had at The Owl House, and a degustation is the perfect excuse to linger.
Image credit: Buon Ricordo, Ormeggio At The Spit, Flying Fish, Jonah's, Ume Japanese Restaurant