We headed into the city for Vivid, an annual festival of lights that’s held in in various locations in the CBD over 3 weeks. It’s definitely worth a visit for both tourists and locals.
The Customs House light show:
Circular Quay and the Harbour Bridge:
The Opera House:
The Royal Botanic Gardens:
Vivid Sydney still has 2 nights to go, so head there before it ends for the year.
The Governor’s Table is offering a special Vivid Prix Fixe Menu for the duration of the festival. We booked a table for dinner and opted to go for the full 3 course menu.
For the starters, we ordered the Stracciatella with Prosciutto, Heirloom Tomatoes & Olive – the flavours worked well together, the saltiness of the prosciutto counteracted by the soft, creamy cheese and the sour and sweet tomatoes, but for me the balance was a little off, with the saltiness of the prosciutto slightly overwhelming the dish.
The Chicken and Smoked Pork Hock Terrine with Piccalilli & Toasted Sourdough was another generous starter. The pickled vegetables, plums and greens were a lovely side to the star, which was the terrine. It was wonderfully smoky and meaty, with jelly-like chunks and sweet nuttiness from the pistachios.
For mains we had the Cumin & Honey Lamb Ribs, Bitter Greens, Pomegranate & Feta and the Roast Chook & Stuffing with Brussel Sprouts & Chicken Gravy.
The roast chicken came with a portion of thigh, breast and drumstick. It was perfectly cooked – the meat was moist and the skin crispy. The brussel sprouts were delicious, having been roasted with chunks of ham. Interestingly the stuffing was presented separately on the side, which may have been why it was a little dry without the benefit of soaking in the chicken juices. The gravy had a nice golden colour and good chicken flavour.
The lamb ribs was one of the favourites of the night. The ribs had a nice charred crumb and pull-apart flavoursome meat. There was just enough sweetness from the honey and the cumin wasn’t overpowering. The fattiness and richness of the lamb was cut through by the bitter radicchio and fennel bed beneath it, and the juicy pop of the pomegranate seeds was refreshing and sweet.
We finished off the meal with the Bread & Butter Pudding with Baked Apple, Rum & Raisin Syrup and the Milk Pudding, Whipped Chocolate, Salted Caramel and Oat Biscuit.
The bread and butter pudding was spongy and moist with a crunchy crust. The slight hit of alcohol from the rum, the texture of the baked apple and the freshness of the whipped cream all complemented the bread and butter pudding.
The milk pudding was gorgeously light and creamy. There was a slight bitterness from the whipped chocolate, and crunch from the chocolate crumbs and oat biscuits. It probably could have done with more of a salty hit from the caramel, but it was still a very delicious dessert.
We found the service to be warm and professional, and the food portions were generous (I couldn’t finish my main or dessert and I hate leaving food behind!). I’d highly recommend it as a place to stop by for dinner on your way to Vivid.