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Thursday, March 30, 2006

Yots Cafe Bar, Pyrmont

It'd been over a year since we'd last eaten at Yots. A friend had recommended to me, and just as well, as it's so discreetly hidden that you would never find it otherwise, tucked away down a boardwalk under the shadow of the Maritime Museum.

I remember tucking in a pair of perfectly cooked lamb shanks, the meat so soft and tender it was falling off the bone. We'd sat in perfect summer sun, watching the sun glint off the water and admiring the floating exhibits of various naval vessels. With only the occasional sqawk from divebombing seagulls, it was a haven of silence from the bustle of Darling Harbour.

fish and chips
Beer battered fish with hand-cut chips $17.00

Our latest visit saw the place, well, actually 80% filled with patrons. Word must've gotten around.

My lunch partner had the beer battered fish with hand-cut chips which were pronounced "very good" -- the chip I stole was nice and crunchy =)

sardines on caponata and polenta
Pan-fried sardines on caponata and creamy polenta $16.00

I was nearly tempted to order the butternut pumpkin and ricotta lasagne or the home-mde fettucine, chorizo, roma tomato and rocket salad. But I stuck with my usual menu mantra to "order the dish I rarely cook at home" meaning I had to have the pan-fried sardines on caponata and creamy polenta.

The sardines were nicely seared, the oily fish fillets were fresh and tasty. The creamy polenta was very buttery though and the caponata was more of a salsa rather than the traditional Sicilian dish of cooked eggplant and tomato.

It was still delicious and I resisted the urge to lick my plate clean.

baked blueberry cheesecake
Baked blueberry cheesecake $4.00

We shared a portion of blueberry cheesecake, expecting a decadent wedge of New York baked cheesecake. Instead a tiny squat column arrived. Pale and insipid, it didn't really satiate our fired-up dessert stomachs even if it did look cute with its dainty dessert fork.

A pleasant lunch regardless, and one that we'll still frequent so we can bask in its summer holiday-like marina surroundings.

Yots Cafe Bar
On the boardwalk of
the Australian National Maritime Museum
2 Murray Street Pyrmont, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 5144

Open 7 days 10am - 4pm

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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 3/30/2006 12:43:00 am


4 Comments:

  • At 3/30/2006 10:25 am, Blogger bowb said…

    those chips are beautiful! and you stopped at just one? ;)

     
  • At 3/30/2006 10:28 am, Blogger CW said…

    Those sardines look wonderful!!

    Ya and I'm surprised at your restraint with the chips, too :)

     
  • At 3/30/2006 2:03 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    drool.........fat chips look so good!

    I always thought Yots was an asian place. (for some reason)

     
  • At 3/30/2006 10:41 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi bowb - lol. Ok, I think I had two or three... =)

    Hi cw - Busted!

    Hi Veruca Salt - I went straight for the crispy ones.

    And perhaps you're thinking of Yai? Thai place on Crown Street in Surry Hills? They're always at food festivals...

     

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