a new take on Aqua Dining

With it’s views to Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, flanked on one side by North Sydney Olympic Pool, and the legendary Luna Park on the other, Aqua Dining has one of the best restaurant views in Sydney.

Often the restaurants with the views though can be disappointing. I’ll be honest. It’s a year since my last visit to Aqua Dining, and although I was invited for my (belated) birthday lunch by a friend, I was not really all that enthusiastic about going. As it turned out however, it was more than just her and me, as she’d also gathered some friends to surprise me.

And as it turned out, what a difference a year makes; I thoroughly enjoyed both the food and service.

The staff at Aqua Dining are sharper and smarter for a start and when I read the menu I got another surprise. It’s jumped into the now with contemporary (and well priced) offerings. When the plates arrived at our table, I was more than happy. Nicely stylised, modern plating, and appropriate portion sizes, pleased the eyes. (none of the passe frou frou stuff thank goodness – no foams, soils or smears). And once the food hit the mouth, the all important flavour scored points too.

We shared quite a few plates from Antipasti to start. You’ll have noticed there’s a definitely Italian influence. Chef Anthony Redondi’s mother is from southern Italy, and his father is from the northern Brescia. So far we were licking our lips.

The only slight disappointment of the day was my main: Confit Duck Leg. The combo on the plate was all good, but the duck itself was a little dry and salty for my taste. Too long in the cure perhaps? Still it was enjoyable enough, and perhaps I’m being too picky.

Then came my favourite part of the day outside the view and the company.

OK well they did ask! Before my companions had a chance to order, I said “we’ll have all five desserts to share please.” A sweet and decadent way for the four of us to round out the lunch.

On the menu, I’d noticed a dessert wine flight: two desserts, two matched dessert wines, $19. My sweet tooth will surely have my GPS heading back to the new and improved Aqua Dining.

Aqua Dining
Northcliff Street Milsons Point NSW Australia
+61 2 9964 9998

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3 Responses to “a new take on Aqua Dining”

  1. dillon says:
    May 8, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Really really lovely pics, esp the first one. Do you know if Bill Drakopoulos still owns Aqua Dining?… and I’m with you, re smears and dots on a plate!
    cheers Dillon

    • FRANCICUISINE says:
      May 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      Dillon. Yes the charming Bill Drakopoulos does still own the Aqua Dining Group. Back from quick visit to USA on Friday this week

    • Rebecca Varidel
      Rebecca Varidel says:
      May 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      thanks Dillon. yes I do love the reflection of the Olympic pool in the Champagne bottle (taken more by fluke than by design I admit)

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