Christmas Day celebrations at Café Sydney

I hope you’re all having a wonderful Christmas holiday break.  It’s our first Christmas in Sydney and a few months back, we decided to buck the usual Australian trend of a beach BBQ to join our good friends at Café Sydney for their five course extravaganza.  And it’s just as well we did, since Sydney’s Christmas Day was non-stop rain!  Home from home… I’m pleased to say that the rest of our Christmas break was glorious, but what a day that the rain picked!

View at Cafe Sydney

Luckily the staff were prepared and our outside table was fully under cover from the weather.  In fact it was nice to be out in the air and we still got a great view of the Harbour Bridge.  The table was set with Christmas crackers, a tradition I’m pleased to see over here!  No matter where you may be eating, the cracker hats and bad jokes are a must.

We started with an amuse bouche of spanner crab remoulade and baby basil which was lovely.  Crab is not often something I would pick, but this was really tasty.

Spanner crab amuse bouche at Cafe Sydney

Next up was the entrée of crispy pork belly, fig, caramelised apple and cider vinaigrette.  Look how beautifully it was presented!  The meat was soft and tender and the apple puree was perfect with it.

Crispy pork belly entree at Cafe Sydney

Our friend Wendy, who is staying with us over Christmas, chose the WA crayfish, king prawn, avocado, tomato, caper, gem lettuce heart, aioli and ocean trout roe.  I was very tempted by this one myself – talk about spoilt for choice!

Crayfish and king prawn entree at Cafe Sydney

All of us went for the beef tenderloin main course which was served with seared fois gras, king brown mushroom and truffle cream jus.  We added some shared sides of duck fat roasted rosemary King Edward potatoes and broccoli, green bean, pine nut and lemon vinaigrette vegetables.

Beef tenderloin main course at Cafe Sydney

Duck fat roasted potatoes at Cafe Sydney

It was quite a large piece of beef on the plate – very much a good thing! – and the truffle jus had real depth.  It was absolutely delicious and there were empty plates all round.

Christmas pudding dessert at Cafe Sydney

Then came some festive tradition, with a dessert of Christmas pudding, brandy sauce, anglaise and vanilla ice cream.  I know that nothing beats my grandmother’s Christmas pudding, but this was still pretty good!  It felt a little lighter than the puddings I’ve had before, although I did struggle to finish it.  Wendy opted for the lemon curd panna cotta with raspberry, ginger crumble and lemon curd ice cream and seemed very pleased with it.  It did look pretty!

Panna cotta dessert at Cafe Sydney

We ended up being one of the last to leave the restaurant as we took in everything the restaurant has to offer.  It was a very special Christmas treat and I’d love the chance to go again – on a sunny day perhaps!

Christmas lunch at Cafe Sydney