Making waves (rather than ripples) in a great niche on Sydney’s picturesque harbour, across the park from Star City and a mere stone’s throw from Darling Harbour, is the newest addition to the Ripples group - Ripples Sydney Wharf.
Fantastic plastic chairs in ripe raspberry and vivid orange make this al fresco boardwalk location a fun and airy place to eat brunch.
A bread board of Crusty French Epi with Olive Tapenade and Pesto Butter ($7) was nicely presented. Epi is a French style bread made from a joined set of rolls that together look a bit like a wheat stalk.
On the particular day I dined, the weather was overcast so my dining companion sensibly chose a warming bowl of Onion and Cider Soup with Gruyere Toasts ($14).
But for me it was Head Chef Richard Park’s Yamba Prawn Tart ($19) which, on a bed of creamed leek and excellent short crust pasty, was a work of art - French bistro art rather than fussy fine dining art at that!
The simple yet classy plating continued with a serve of Char-grilled Asparagus, Warm Potato & Herb de Provence with a Soft Egg ($17).
The cool breeze – there are heaters, but take a jacket – made the nicely cooked bream in the Fish and Chips with Home-made Tartare Sauce ($24) taste even better.
My heart was won by the cusp of winter gorgeousness of his Leatherwood Honey and Goats’ Curd Parfait with Poached Quince and Fairy Floss ($13). Such a lovely way to end the meal, and hands down one of the best desserts I have had at this price point.
Owner Grant Adronicus (of Andronicus Coffee fame) has chosen a lovely coffee in Karmee; it’ll suffice until their imminent liquor license as the BYO option of $8 per bottle corkage feels pricey.
The space is designed by well known architect Sydney Koh, and I think he's done a great job to make it fit with the surrounding buildings which include Google and Fairfax. All up - a really enjoyable lunch spot that I would be keen to return to.
Ripples Sydney Wharf
Between Wharfs 9 & 10, 56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9571 1999