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Public dining Room – Balmoral Beach – Sydney

by Suha on September 18, 2011

The public dining room opened back in 2009 where Watermark used to be. It’s been on our list of places to visit as we live close to balmoral and love the view. However not sure why it took us so long to get there. Not sure if it was the name or the fact that nobody really talks about it. Have not heard rave reviews nor do they really publicize it. So when a friend from overseas suggested we go there – we did. Wednesday night and it was very quiet. The view was stunning as always though. The menu surprised me. Large oyster menu, small plates, entrees, pasta, sea and paddock raised. The food surprised me too. It was pretty good and loved the desserts. Didn’t know till we got there that we could BYO on a Wednesday…so may just have to try it again on another Wednesday.


Sautéed king prawns, sweet corn, shimeji mushrooms, pancetta jus – loved the corn mash….


Seared scallops, tarama, candied bacon, micro celery, bottarga


Confit duck leg, smoked duck breast, parsnip puree, braised red cabbage, raisins, jus – really enjoyed it. Perfectly cooked leg and Smokey flavored breast. Nice…


Barramundi, parsnip puree, olives, tomato, macadamia salsa


Fish with skordalia, watercress and lemon


Pasture fed eye fillet, roast carrot puree, caramelized baby shallots, fondant potatoes, perigord jus


Hapuka, quinoa, fragrant herb and pickled onion salad


Chocolate molten pudding, malted ice cream, amaretto prunes – really nice and gooey


Strawberry soufflé, vanilla ice-cream – real strawberry rich flavor – one of the better soufflés I have had in a while – was surprised.


Crème brulee – Paul Bocuse – ok had to ask why Paul Bocuse? Apparently the brulee is made with leaves of a flower tea that PB made famous. It didn’t really taste very different to a cinnamon crème brulee though

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