On the search for Sydney's most expensive entree

At Bentley restaurant in the city, the abalone and king oyster mushroom dish clocks in at $78.
At Bentley restaurant in the city, the abalone and king oyster mushroom dish clocks in at $78. Photo: Dominic Lorrimer

It mightn't get the attention of the first moon landing or breaking the four-minute mile, but the culinary historians always keep a keen eye on pricing.

When meat-based main courses at Quay tipped $50 in 1999, it broke a barrier.

Some keen diners have asked Good Food if the $62 spanner crab entree at Merivale's recently opened Mimi's is charting new highs in the starter category.

We've put our investigative cap on, and while most of Sydney's high-end restaurant are hidden behind set multi-course pricing, we did discover at least one entree that shades Mimi's offering.

At Bentley restaurant in the city, the abalone and king oyster mushroom dish clocks in at $78.

It must be said both dishes are outliers to more reasonable offerings on their respective menus, with the price tag boosted in both cases by the price of seafood. Amazingly, they aren't cash-cow dishes.

Bentley tells us there is $45 worth of abalone in the dish.

While listed as an entree, we're told it's somewhere between a starter and a main in size.

Still, if you've spotted a more expensive entree in Sydney, let us know.