Wine Odyssey – The Rocks :o) $$

There is something nice about The Rocks. That village feel, the old houses and the beautiful views you get once you’ve climbed the hill and stairs that lead to one end of the Harbour Bridge. I like the narrow alleys, the well integrated shops… You do not feel that the city buildings are just a short stroll away…

Next to The Renaissance café, up the hill, the Wine Odyssey Restaurant serves beautiful plates for lunch. They’re a bit pricey for the amount you get, but the quality certainly makes up for the cost.

I ordered the 3rd Journey (Meat), and Monsieur went for the 2nd Journey (fish option) so we could share. Each Journey costs AUD21 and has 3 plates.

3rd Journey - Beef carpaccio, rocket, aged goats cheese

3rd Journey – Beef carpaccio, rocket, aged goats cheese

I can only advise to start with the beef carpaccio since it doesn’t have as much flavour as the lamb and the kangaroo. The beef carpaccio was the tiniest of all 3, and unfortunately, didn’t have a Wow factor. It lacked some seasoning and all you could taste was just the aged goats cheese. I think a balsamic vinegar syrup would have been a nice addition.

3rd Journey - Lemon myrtle-rubbed seared kangaroo fillet, parsnip purée, crispy polenta

3rd Journey – Lemon myrtle-rubbed seared kangaroo fillet, parsnip purée, crispy polenta

The picture of the kangaroo fillet doesn’t do justice to the dish as it was a winner (with the lamb). It didn’t have that gamey flavour kangaroo normally has and probably was the reason why I was surprised to like it so much. The lemon myrtle  rub probably explains why that kangaroo fillet tasted great. Highly recommended!

3rd Journey - Grilled Lamb, pepperonata

3rd Journey – Grilled Lamb, pepperonata

Along with the kangaroo fillet, the grilled lamb is one of my favourite dish! The pepperonata tastes like ratatouille and the lamb is perfectly grilled. Moist and slightly pink inside, cooked to please Monsieur’s palate, who tends to give a skeptic look at my usually blue (almost mooing) beef when I cook it at home!

As part of our deal, Monsieur gets half of my sharing plate and I get half of his so we get to mix flavours. We both agree on the fact that the 3rd journey is the winner!

2nd Journey - Tea-smoked salmon, avocado mousse, nashi pear

2nd Journey – Tea-smoked salmon, avocado mousse, nashi pear

Monsieur is allergic to pear so I get to have all 3 slices. I like the pears but am not sure about combining it with the avocado mousse… The salmon is nice, but the tea smoked part of it doesn’t leave me a memorable taste… Probably because I’ve just had kangaroo/lamb?

2nd Journey - Spiced calamari, Odyssey dipping sauces

2nd Journey – Spiced calamari, Odyssey dipping sauces

Monsieur loved the calamari… I thought it was nice, but not outstanding from what we usually get.

2nd Journey - Roasted saltwater barramundi, asparagus, Romesco sauce

2nd Journey – Roasted saltwater barramundi, asparagus, Romesco sauce

The barramundi is nicely cooked and the crispy skin is very tasty. Though good, it doesn’t compare to the burst of flavours I’ve just had with my 3rd journey.

Warm pumpkin, rocket and roast ricotta salad, Vincotto AUD 8

Warm pumpkin, rocket and roast ricotta salad, Vincotto AUD 8

Along with our plates, we’ve ordered a small side. The salad is good, but comes at a hefty price tag of AUD8 for such a small portion. We hesitated ordering hand cut chips but I know Monsieur likes his sweets, so we decide to order 3 desserts at AUD 21 to fill our stomachs. There’s a choice between poached pear, pudding, crème caramel, chocolate tart with orange ice cream, and apple crumble.

Wine Odyssey 3 desserts at AUD 21 - crumble, crème brûlée, chocolate tart

Wine Odyssey 3 desserts at AUD 21 – crumble, crème brûlée, chocolate tart

Afraid that the pear might not be cooked enough, we settle on ordering the crème brûlée (which monsieur absolutely wants and finds delightful), the chocolate tart (my favourite) and the apple crumble (my second favourite!). Though I love breaking the sugar shell, I’m not big on crème brûlée that’s served cold. I like it just warmed by the sugar that’s freshly burnt and it’s not the case here. Fortunately, monsieur willingly swaps some of my share for apple crumble.

Wine Odyssey - The Bill

Wine Odyssey – The Bill

The bill comes down to AUD71… but with our dimmi voucher, we pay just AUD21 so it’s a real deal! The service was excellent, we didn’t have to waive our hands to have our glass of water filled, the waitress warned us about the rather small plates we’d be served. The food was of excellent quality with delicate flavours. I highly recommend Wine Odyssey!

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About Mademoiselle in Sydney

I'm a French Born Chinese expat' who relocated from the UK to Australia! I love all things food!
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2 Responses to Wine Odyssey – The Rocks :o) $$

  1. Remi Pinatel says:

    Good Morning Mademoiselle and thank you for this review!
    In Wine Odyssey Australia we love it when our customers have a nice time with us and share their experience with others.
    I just want to let you know that we just introduced our new Spring/Summer Menu. We have kept the 3 Plate Lunch with choices between new Journey 1, 2 or 3 and we have increased the portion sizes. Dinner menu is also available Tuesday to Friday from 5.30pm and all day during the week end.
    Visit our Journey Room and try over 44 different wines from independent premium winery.
    However, I am Happy to offer to you and to everyone coming from you, for lunch or for dinner, a complimentary dessert during the month of November.
    Just tell us you come from Mademoiselle
    See you soon in Wine Odyssey Australia!

    Remi Pinatel
    General Manager
    Wine Odyssey Australia

    • Hi Remi!
      Thank you very much for your comment and for this wonderful offer!
      It’s good to know you’ve now increased the portion sizes, means more goodness on the plates!
      Have a nice day and see you soon,
      Mademoiselle

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