Mar 20, 2013

Taste of Sydney 2013

Friday night was spent enjoying the delights of Sydney’s top restaurants in Centennial Park at the Taste of Sydney Festival. They used the crown system again (1 crown = $1) and fortunately this year the crowns were stored digitally on a credit card. No fishing around in your purse for tickets!

I made a beeline for Four in Hand’s suckling pig, which I devoured last year too. This year it was served with potatoes as opposed to onion rings. The pork was rich and tender and contrasted nicely with the coleslaw.

Four in Hand – Spit Roast Suckling Pig with Coleslaw and Hot Sauce (12 crowns) 

There were many women hovering around the Three Blue Ducks stand, possibly to catch a glimpse of Masterchef winner Andy preparing food in the back. And yes he’s gorgeous. Oh and the food was tasty too.

Three Blue Ducks – Duck, snow pea sprouts, green mango and chili jam (12 crowns)

A selection of delicious desserts from Croquembouche.

Also from Croquembouche, a rainbow of macarons!

This salad was refreshing and tangy with a nice piece of crackle on top (mandatory). The crisp rice was a great addition to the salad and added a nice crunchy texture.

Longrain – Roast Murray Valley pork salad with crisp rice, mint, chili, lime and peanuts (10 crowns)

The dishes from Biota Dining were only on Thursdays and Fridays as part of the “Destination Dining” section (Biota is in Bowral). I am usually pretty anti-seafood but took a bite of my friend’s after some persuading. The croquettes were crunchy and golden and not too greasy, and the crayfish was (fortunately) subtle and delicious!

Biota Dining – Croquettes with Southern Crayfish, Paleta and Biota garden onions (10 crowns)

I was already embarrassingly full by this stage so we decided to take an Absinthe break with Green Fairy. To be honest I found both the cocktails too sweet for my taste but I enjoyed the aniseed flavour the absinthe imparted.

The final main was from Sake and was a panko-fried pork belly dish. Genius!

Sake Restaurant & Bar – Tonkatsu cups. Panko-fried pork belly and spring onion bites served in lettuce cups (8 crowns)

I had been prattling on all night about the dessert everyone was talking about – the SALTED CARAMEL ECLAIR. I raced to Ananas. The choux pastry was light, the caramel cream filling rich and the strip of salted caramel on top set it off. Heaven! (Although if I’m really being fussy, it could have done with a little more salt).

Ananas Bar and Brasserie – Salted Caramel Eclair (6 Crowns)

Did you go to Taste of Sydney this year? What was your favourite dish?


  • I was a little bummed that although I had tickets, I didn’t make it this year. I’m sure my wallet thanks me! I wonder if I would have struggled finding enough vego options to snack on?

    • To be honest Tara there wasn’t that many vego dishes! You may have gone a little hungry (or at least had to eat LOTS of dessert, which isn’t a bad problem to have!)

  • That eclair made my heart melt. It was really lovely, but I too wouldn’t have minded that teeny tiny bit of extra salt ;)

    • I find people are always a little cautious with salting caramel, but you definitely need that contrast of flavours!

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