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