There is something truly amazing about Sydney Harbour and every time I hop on a Ferry I’m in awe at how beautiful our city is. I took a ten-minute Ferry ride last night with my good friend Christopher Haggarty, as guests of Hayes St Wharf Bistro in Neutral Bay. For visitors to Sydney who are looking for a lovely dinner out, I can’t think of anything nicer than a trip on the Sydney Harbour over Neutral Bay, a leafy lower North Shore suburb of Sydney for dinner. The trip over will take ten minutes from Circular Quay and it’s a 3-minute walk up to the restaurant.
Hayes St Wharf Bistro is French inspired and the décor, as described by Christopher, is “non-fussy, modern take of a French bistro/café and I agree with that. On a cold winter Tuesday evening, the restaurant still managed to attract a good number of diners, and from what I observed they were mainly locals who knew they were on to a good thing.
The menu is not overbearing with choices and for $58 patrons can order an entrée, main and dessert. It’s BYO Tues – Friday (Licensed Saturday) so that certainly helps in keeping the costs down. Of course not everyone wants to order a three-course meal so dishes may be purchased individually.
Twice Baked Gruyere soufflé $16
For some reason I had envisaged a soufflé in a mini soufflé dish however this one was presented with the soufflé carefully placed on a plate with a cream sauce. The sauce was too rich for me, so I just ate the soufflé which was very tasty, cooked beautifully and had a lingering pleasant taste after each bite.
Roast duck with potato gnocchi and cherries $36
This was a generous serving. I found the dish could have been served warmer, this did not take away from the taste, and the combination with the cherries and gnocchi was good. My dining partner, Christopher however thought the duck was perfect when he had a taste.
Rhubarb blanc mange, cinnamon crumble and apple sorbet $14
Both tart and sweet! That’s how I’d describe this, which made for a nice combination. By this time I was struggling to fit much more in so settled for a taste. I enjoyed the apple sorbet complementing the rhubarb, which happens to be one of my favourite stewed vegetables. Note: Is it a vegetable or fruit? Here’s the answer according to Wikipedia
Christopher dined on:
Scallop and crab boudin blanc, black caviar with crab bisque sauce $18
Rich in flavours with the caviar being a perfect finishing caviar and according to Mr Haggarty ‘the best he’s ever had’.
Peppered Pasture Fed Sirloin, spinach and pepper cream sauce $30
“The rustic presentation didn’t disguise the first bite of this indulgence, with the mushrooms being an unexpected surprise” – Christopher Haggarty
Chocolate fondant with hazelnut and raspberry sorbet $14
A very decadent and tasty dessert and exactly what you would expect from a French restaurant.
We also had:
Hand cut chips with rosemary salt $8.00
Green vegetables, toasted almonds $8.00
Both dishes a great bonus to the mains and green vegetables cooked to perfection.
The service was pleasant and unobtrusive and we were made very welcome. www.hayesstwharfbistro.com.au
DISCLAIMER: We dined as guests at Hayes St Wharf Restaurant