November 20th, 2011

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - The Restaurant, Art Gallery of NSW

In a building adorned with some of the most striking images in the country, it’s a clever designer that made this restaurant a stark, minimalist space.

Floor to ceiling windows let in the only thing that could possibly compete – nature – with a striking aspect overlooking Woolloomooloo and the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Of course being an art gallery first, and a restaurant second, it should be no surprise that menus here revolve around what’s on display. Since 'Picasso' is the name on everyone's lips right now, they’ve taken a Spanish-inspired jaunt, obvious in entrees like Sardines with Manchego Crumbs, Sorrel and Radicchio ($22), but less apparent in...

...Beef Carpaccio with Nasturtium Flower, Goat’s Curd and Confit Lemon ($23). The latter is a light, interesting combination that (quite pleasantly) conjured lemon meringue for me.

Spanish Pearl Barley with Wild Mushrooms, Zucchini Flower and Murcia Al Vino ($28) let down the silky mushrooms and creamy goats’ cheese with overcooked pearl barley.

Eschew desserts for a Selection of Spanish Cheese with Fig Chutney and Muscatels ($22), mostly as an excuse to linger over well-priced wines, like the 2009 Plantagenet Omrah Rosé ($39/bottle). After all, appreciating obscure art is often easier with lubrication. A Lunch with Picasso ($75/ 2-course) package is available via Ticketek.

The Restaurant
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9225 1819

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