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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Good Food Month 2006 Sugar Hit #1: Park Hyatt, Sydney

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One of my favourite events on the Good Food Month calendar are the delicious yet very affordable Sugar Hits. Available at participating hotels around the city, a specially created dessert plate and a glass of dessert wine or scotch whisky is all yours for a very reasonable fifteen dollars.

For my first Sugar Hit of 2006, I headed to the Park Hyatt, Sydney with fellow sweet tooths R and A. The hotel's bar area littlekitchen (just off harbourkitchen&bar) has a clean and uncluttered funky look, with floor-to-ceiling views of the Opera House and The Rocks area.

At first we recline in canvas covered rocking chairs, taking advantage of the spectacular window view. By the time the desserts arrive however, we elect to relocate to tables and chairs. Views are one thing, but dessert sensibility is another priority altogether.

tasting plate
Dessert tasting plate: White chocolate and coconut parfait;
chocolate and saffron infused poached pear;
milk chocolate and caramel creme brulee

This is a serious dessert tasting plate that is plated well and generous in portion. We rub our hands together in anticipatory glee.

The white chocolate and coconut parfait is rich and sweet, and doesn't really need the extra decadence of chocolate sauce. I really enjoy the chocolate and saffron infused poached pear which is light and refreshing, but perhaps I'm actually just interested in the dollop of freshly whipped cream. The pear has a pretty golden hue from the saffron but none of us can really detect much of the apparent chocolate infusion.

milk chocolate and caramel creme brulee
Milk chocolate and caramel creme brulee

The milk chocolate and caramel creme brulee is the crowd favourite as always. The custard isn't particularly eggy nor firm, but the toffee surface is deliciously thick and freshly torched as well.

We were served the Brown Brothers Moscato, a very sweet and fruity dessert wine that has a bubbly spritz on the tongue.

Sugar Hit at the Park Hyatt, Sydney
littlekitchen, Park Hyatt
7 Hickson Rd, The Rocks, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9256 1437

Available: Every night in October from 9pm-11pm
Cost: $15


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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 10/11/2006 11:58:00 pm


13 Comments:

  • At 10/12/2006 6:11 am, Anonymous gobsmack'd said…

    Haven't had a chance to hit the sugar hit venues as yet. On a different note, had been doing the cocktail and canapé circuit. The Victoria Room deal was trés disappointing, to put it trés politely. Faves remain Hemmesphere, Café Sydney, Lotus, The Loft and surprisingly, Mars Bar. Save Lotus for last, its pretty potent indeed!

     
  • At 10/12/2006 8:24 am, Blogger Reb said…

    yum yum yum. That looks delicious.

     
  • At 10/12/2006 11:08 am, Anonymous Jen said…

    Wow! They've doubled up the portion of parfait since last week! I loved the brulee too.

     
  • At 10/12/2006 12:06 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi AG,

    great photos as always. in fact, I'm wondering how they turn out so good!

    I usually don't use flash so as not to disturb other diner. My 'night mode' does not appear very effective, so I usually adjust the ISO value up to 200 or 400 depending on the environment.

    Your photos look like they were taken in broad day light! were they adjusted in photoshop, were you sitting in a well lit area, or do you manually adjust your camera setting?

    any advice would be greatly appreciated

     
  • At 10/12/2006 5:48 pm, Blogger Veruca Salt said…

    Good choice. Looks very delish.

    That Moscato must make it a massive sugar hit.

     
  • At 10/12/2006 10:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This is my sugar hit last year..I tried 3 hotels in one night..

    http://blog.yam.com/peray/archives/633474.html

     
  • At 10/13/2006 12:44 am, Anonymous FFichiban said…

    mmm for creme brulee and its sweet sweet sugary goodness
    and that parfait needs more layers :P i kid, it looks good!

     
  • At 10/13/2006 1:20 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi gobsmack'd - Thanks for the tasting notes :) I think I'm concentrating on Sugar Hits this year: I think I'd rather have more food and less alcohol. I love GFM though. Terribly addictive.

    Hi Reb - It was very tasty, and it's set a very high standard for the others.

    Hi Jen - Looked like we got lucky with the kitchen staff on that night. The brulee was yum. Excellent torching.

    Hi Anon - Thanks. It's amazing what you learn with practise and trial-and-error. I use all three methods but probably the most important tip is using a ledge or tripod. I have a mini tripod I carry in my handbag most of the time. It is indispensable for night photos. You should be able to get one for about $18-$25 from most camera stores.

    Hi Veruca Salt - It was very tasty and yes the moscato sent the pancreas into overload.

    Hi Peray - Nice one! We actually did another one after this: photos to come but Blogger is playing up so I'm stuck.

    We were wondering about how many Sugar Hits you could possibly squeeze into one evening...

     
  • At 10/13/2006 2:32 am, Blogger Vintage Wine said…

    Oh, that sounds wonderful! I want the view, the wine & the dessert... :-)

     
  • At 10/13/2006 3:04 am, Blogger Yvo said…

    Ugh,,, your food looks amazing! Am catching up on what I missed from vacation- congrats on the media mention. Mm, I'm hungry now!!!

     
  • At 10/13/2006 6:50 am, Anonymous Deborah said…

    i like that you call this one #1 ... because there are more hits to come ;)

     
  • At 10/13/2006 11:43 am, Anonymous Leanne said…

    We went to the Sofitel last night - white chocolate crème brulee, Valrhona bitter chocolate parfait and praline and a berry & milk chocolate terrine, absolutely gorgeous. And the botrytis riesling was lovely too, though possibly too sweet, if there's such a thing!

    I actually enjoyed it more than the Hyatt one, nice decadent hotel bar setting and great contrasts between the items. If you're keen for another hit I'd definitely recommend it!

     
  • At 10/13/2006 9:16 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Vintage Wine - Oh yes, Sugar Hits are wonderful indeed. You might have just to jump on a plan :)

    Hi Yvo - Thanks. And yes, there's always lots to catch up. You should see my photo backlog!

    Hi Deborah - You know me too well :)

    Hi Leanne - Rest assured, the Sofitel is definitely on the list. I should be there next week. Can't wait!

     

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