16/20

Aria

1 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW

Publication Banner GFG SMH 2014
Aria
Aria

With billion-dollar views, an encyclopaedic wine list and an attendant cast of celebs, celeb spotters, international and local fine diners and big-night-outers, expectations here run high. The kitchen responds in kind. with fine local ingredients, classical cooking and meticulous crafting. No foam or powders here. Rabbit terrine is full of surprises including smoky eel, zucchini blossoms, asparagus and foie gras. Peking duck consomme is pure luxury, with silky smooth dumplings, wafer-slender abalone and oyster mushrooms. Main courses steer a safer path. Roasted kurobuta pork lets the meat be the star, served with honey and clove sauce and crisped crackling. Fillet of snapper basks in a reduced 'bouillabaisse' sauce with basil pesto. Desserts, on the other hand, give the show-stopping outlook a run for its money. Mango mousse with passionfruit and quinoa is multi-layered in intensity. Well-drilled service matches the high-octane dynamic of this splendid venue. A big night out, indeed.

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1 Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW

  • Cuisine - Contemporary
  • Prices - E $38 M $58 D $24
  • Features - Wheelchair access, Private dining, Bar
  • Chef(s) - Matt Moran, Ben Turner
  • Owners - Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan
  • Cards accepted - AMEX, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa, EFTPOS
  • Opening Hours - Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, Mon-Fri 5.30pm-11pm, Sat 5pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-10pm
  • Seats - 170
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