I did not plan on dining at Quay, undoubtedly one of the top restaurants in Sydney. Tasting menu lunch at Tetsuya’s was to be my one splurge of the trip and I was happy to explore the less formal establishments of Sydney dining scene. Located on the third floor of Oversea Passenger Terminal, Quay is as famous for its food as its spectacular view of the harbour. On days without any mega cruise ship docked at the harbour, you cannot beat a backdrop featuring the iconic Sydney Opera House while you wine and dine.
Lesser restaurants would coast on this enviable feature for sure. I heard of too many disappointing dining experiences at Restaurant With A View. However, thanks to non-stop nudging from a friend whose palate I trust, I emailed the restaurant for a lunch reservation with complete flexibility on date. It is well-known that Quay can be fully booked weeks in advance. I was lucky that a late Thursday lunch at the famed restaurant was available.
Although tasting menu was on offer, I opted for a lighter four-course lunch menu instead. My friend said I must try the signature snow egg dessert and I could order it without going through the whole tasting menu experience. After more than a week away from home, I missed home cook food dearly and working through multiple courses of meticulously constructed dishes did not sound so appealing anymore.