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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Pier 26, Darling Harbour

ocean trout
Ocean trout with grilled zucchini, figs, semi-dried romas,
cider and goats cheese dressing $20.50

It's no secret I'm a big fan of Pier 26. I think I've worked out why. The food is reliably tasty and presented deliciously. It's plated nicely without being wanky. The portions are neither excessive nor miserly. And there's always something that tempts you either on the regular menu or the glass-wall specials.

I had the ocean trout which was perfectly cooked. Juicy pink flesh curled downward in layers with a gentle prod of the tines of a fork. The skin had been pan-fried to a salty crisped sheet, a contrast of dry and salty to the trout's moist sweet flesh.

Char-grilled strips of zucchini and capsicum nestled with a dollop of goats cheese. A fresh fig had been halved and flashed under the grill to a darkened caramelised sweetness. I couldn't taste much cider but the trail of watercress offered some welcome pepperiness.

I was lunching with three colleagues:

lamb
Paprika lamb fillet with hoummus, tomato salsa, rocket and tzatziki $19.00

Half-a-dozen slices of juicy pink lamb fillet were hiding under the tower of rocket.

pork belly
Twice-cooked pork belly with tom yum and sesame rice,
Asian vegetables and peanut caramel $18.00

"Sensational" said its happy recipient. I was intrigued by the peanuts which were apparently coated in a sticky sweet caramel.

blue swimmer crab linguine pasta
Blue swimmer crab linguine with baby spinach and sauce vierge $21.00

Plenty of crab morsels lay scattered throughout the deep dish of silky pasta ribbons.

So did we enjoy our meals?

clean plates

I think so, don't you?

Pier 26 Bar
Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour
Tel: +61 (02) 8270 5126

Open 12pm till late, 7 days

Related GrabYourFork posts:
Pier 26, July 2006
Pier 26, June 2005
Pier 26, April 2005
Pier 26, August 2004

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 3/30/2006 10:36:00 pm


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