From the first time I set my eyes on Cafe Sydney, I was in love with the place. Cafe Sydney is decorated in dark wooden floors and deep chocolate colour decor finished off with low lights, one have to watch carefully where you're going as it's so dim or risk tripping over. If gives of a welcoming, warm and cosy, atmosphere just right for a romantic dinner for two overlooking the Harbour Bridge or just to have a good dinner with friends. They also have a live jazz band on Sunday afternoons.
We are usually there for cocktails but last night we were there for dinner. First off, getting a booking was hard. We had to decide between dinner at 6pm leaving at 8pm or coming in after 9pm to wait for a table. We choose to have the earlier seating.
OK lets talk about food. To start, we had 3 entrees to share between the 5 of us. Peppered Wagyu Beef carpaccio which I found to be slightly too oily. Kingfish carpaccio with grape fruit which was not bad but the Kingfish was slice really really thinly and last but not least the Crumbed Crab Cake with Grilled Prawns, which I thought was the best out of the 3. However, some thought the Kingfish was the best.
Now, mains, I had the Wagyu beef sirloin steak with onion relish. The wagyu steak itself wasn't that great (Kingsley Waygu steak is much nicer). They probably use a lower marbled wagyu. Furthermore, the steak was cool - not cold but not warm enough for my liking. The onion relish was delish though and goes really well with steak.
Hairul and Steve had the the Grilled beef tenderloin with beef cheeks. I had a taste of Hairul. It was ok, not spectacular. Hairul said the Beef Cheeks tastes like corn beef. It was definately something different though.
Amy had Tortellini with Duck Breast. The dish came out with ONE tortellini and 5 slices of very thin duck breast. She said it tastes good but will have to go to maccas later....
Cindy had the peppered venison which looked really really good. The meat looked really soft and tender. Probably the best out of all our mains.
Dessert - We had chocolate pudding, strawberry and vanilla trifle, poached autumn fruits and the banana tart tatin. The desserts were good but nothing spectacular. Not somewhere I would go out of the way for, for desserts.
Overall, I was disappointed with the food (probably due to my excessively high expectation) but I wouldn't cross this place out of my list. The ambience was still really good and service was great too.