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Just 3 days ago, a new restaurant had opened up by the waters of Darling Harbour. I wanted to share with you my experience I had at the Mediterranea, and why I think the have they are a must visit restaurant that beats most other restaurants around the Harbour area.
Mediterranea, as its name suggests is a restaurant that specialises in Mediterranean cuisine. When you arrive at the restaurant, you are greeted with a hostess who is friendly and will give you the option of either sitting outside or inside. We recommend to always go for the outside option so that you can secure yourself a great view of Darling Harbour - and if it was a Saturday, you can even view the fireworks right from your table! The menu has a very wide selection of items to choose from. So much that.I could not decide between a few items (usually there is only one dish from a menu I want to eat).
As the starters, we ordered the Buffalo Mozzarella with Prosciutto, Peaches and walnuts. As they bring the dish to your table, there is a tiny bit of theatre as the buffalo mozzarella is covered by a lid which is supposed to release an array of smoke when lifted. We didn't get much smoke from ours, but the good news is that the dish was fantastic. I haven't had anything like this before. The dish was extremely well balanced and interesting. You get the salty taste from he prosciutto, the sweet from the fresh peaches, the bitterness from the rocket, and creamy from the cheese and the texture from the walnuts. Just a great combination to have and something I couldn't stop diving in for.
For our mains, Phuong ordered the Roasted Duck Breast and I ordered the Moroccan Spatchcock. First with the duck (photo above). You get a god portion size of the duck breast tat is beautifully cooked, together with seem roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes and the sauce - the sauce is the show. I don't even know what it is made of but it is such a magical sauce. Its kind of like an apple sauce but more depth into it and it really brings the balance together very well for the entire dish. As you bite into that duck with he sauce, it just sings. A very superb dish. Though it is pricey at $34, it is something I would go back for. One more way to describe how good it was is from Phuong's reaction. Usually, she never finishes a meal even if its good. Just because its either too large, or the flavours aren't well balanced. This time, in a long time, I've seen her finish the entire dish without anything left.
I went for the Moroccan Spatchcock. The young little bird is sitting on a bed of some Moroccan style salad with quinoa and some char grilled zucchini. I'm used to eating Moroccan chicken but my goodness this spatchcock is something that brings it to the next level. The tenderness of the young chicken meat is very juicy and tasty with its Moroccan spices. The salad is a very refreshing salad to be sitting on and you just keep scooping more. It was good that the portion was big so you get more of it! The price for this dish was $32 and yet again another stunning dish - compliments to the chefs!
Overall, I would say the experience I had at the restaurant was terrific. Not only are all the dishes we ordered well beyond expectations, but the staff are also very friendly. Seeing that this is a brand new restaurant, I would assume it would start to gain some traction. Believe me, this is a restaurant that brings traditional flavours and notches up the standard by making it super modern. Though it is slightly pricey, its one of those places you have to visit, probably a great option for a special occasion.
The restaurant is a brand new restaurant that just opened 3 days ago. I was not able to find their website so I cannot provide precise details of its opening hours or address. What I can tell you for now is that it is located right by the bayside of Darling Harbour (on the side of the International Convention Centre Sydney). Average spend is pretty high, for a dinner for two with shared entree and desserts, and each having a mains, it costed us over $100. I will update this section as we get more details of this restaurant online.
Born in Japan, brought up in Hong Kong and currently living in Sydney, Australia.
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