Sorry for the delays in posting lately but it’s been another exhausting week! My mixed basketball team won the grand finals this week so I was super excited and lacking sleep over the joy of winning my first grand final and the fact that it came with a cool little trophy which I have not stopped looking at since we won ;P
But back to what this post is really all about…Mr Muscles birthday! Mr Muscles birthday was a few days ago but due to my basketball final coincidentally falling on the same day of Mr Muscle’s birthday, we decided to do a belated birthday dinner the next day to celebrate. Mr Muscles and I had never dined at Quay before so we decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate his birthday dinner there. I really couldn’t wait as I had seen so many people visit this restaurant and obviously hearing about the infamous snow egg, I knew I had to try this to see what the hype was all about.
We arrived at Quay on time and we were seated in a lovely isolated area over looking the Rocks area. We had been seated here due to a massive cruise ship blocking most of the view that you usually get when you dine at Quay. We were seated next to another couple who were celebrating their anniversary so there were definitely celebrations all around.
I thought the service at Quay was really impressive. We had a wonderful waitress who was very attentive and informative about certain dishes. She really made the night that much more enjoyable and even offered to take our photo a few times with our desserts. We were given a complimentary box of chocolates for Mr Muscle’s birthday which I thought was very nice and thoughtful.
Back to the food…
Mr Muscles and I decided that we wouldn’t go for the tasting menu of 8 courses and instead we opted for the 4 courses at $175/person.
Our cocktails we ordered before the night – they were quite strong so Mr Muscles finished most of it off for me
Butter & Salt for the bread
There was a large selection of sourdough bread to choose from but since I didn’t want to end up being too full once the food started coming out, I just settled for the one piece.
Wholemeal Sourdough Bread
Grain Sourdough Bread
Complimentary Starter – forgot what this was but it had such lovely flavours and texture
Mr Muscles’ First Course: Fragrant Poached Chicken, White Radish, Sea Scallops, Pea Blossoms, Smoked White Eggplant Cream & Virgin Black Sesame Oil
Mr Muscles chose the poached chicken for his first course. He really loved the dish as it reminded him of a modern take on Hainanese chicken. The chicken was wonderfully poached and soft that melted in your mouth with each bite. The scallops worked wonderfully with the chicken. I tried a little bit of Mr Muscle’s dish and agreed that this was really a lovely dish. The ingredients just all seemed to work well together and each component provided a different taste and texture with each bite.
My First Course: Congee of Northern Australian Mud Crab, Fresh Palm Heart and Egg Yolk Emulsion
I really loved this dish and definitely thought that this was the stand out of the savoury dishes I ordered for the night. It really reminded me of congee from childhood but with a bit of a modern twist to it. The crab was lovely and soft against the firmer and crunchier palm heart. The egg yolk emulsion just brought the whole dish to another level. I only wish that there had been more of this congee for me to eat. In a matter of minutes, the congee disappeared right in front of my eyes and I only wished I had eaten it at a much slower pace. The waitress mentioned after she was clearing the plates that this has been a signature dish on the menu at Quay for more than 10 years and I can understand why. Definitely a must order when dining here.
Mr Muscles’ Second Course: Squab and Abalone, Rare Cultivated Greens, Young Garlic Cream with an Anchovy and Seaweed Broth
Mr Muscles ordered the abalone for his second course and what looked really interesting on paper somehow translated into something he wasn’t really expecting. Mr Muscles probably enjoyed this dish the least out of all his dishes. Though I didn’t try this, he told me that the flavours were all very unique but somehow didn’t really go together. What I did love was the way the dishes were presented for our second courses where a tea-pot was filled with each of our broths and consommes and it was poured onto our dishes at the table. I thought that was a really nice touch in terms of presentation of the dishes.
My Second Course: Eight Mushrooms, Truffle Custard with a Chestnut Mushroom Consomme
I really enjoyed my second course. The waitress poured the consomme onto the picturesque layers of mushrooms. Everything worked so well together and I loved that each mushroom provided a different taste and a different texture in contrast to the smooth silky custard that was found at the bottom of the dish. The Mushroom Consomme was light but really flavourful and you could really taste the mushrooms throughout the whole dish.
Mr Muscles’ Third Course: Poached Rangers Valley Beef, Bitter Chocolate Black Pudding, Morel, Ezekiel Crumbs and Shaved Mushrooms
When Mr Muscles’ dish came out we thought it almost resembled some sort of chocolate dessert. Mr Muscles cut open the beef and inside you could see the very pink innards of the beef. It was really amazing how the various flavours worked together to create such a clever dish. The chocolate, the crumbs and the mushroom all paired so well with the beef. Mr Muscles gave me a piece to try and I was so surprised at how tender and soft the beef was and how the crumbs on the outside of the beef gave it a really nice crunch.
An inside shot of Mr Muscles’ beef dish
My Third Course: Roasted Snapper, Japanese White Turnips, Barletta Onions topped with Sauce made from the Roe
I really loved my third course as well. I usually love ordering fish for my main as I like eating a less heavy main and it provides me with more room for dessert naturally ;P The snapper was wonderfully cooked and it really melted in your mouth with each bite. The top of the fish was crunchy and the sauce added some lovely flavours to the dish. I liked that there was the crunch from the white turnips and the softness you got each time you bit into onions. All in all, I thought this was a really wonderful dish.
But now to the most important meal of the night: DESSERT!!!
Mr Muscles ended up choosing the eight texture chocolate cake as he thought he should order something different to me. The snow egg had my name written all over it from the minute we sat down! ;P I think Mr Muscles had serious food envy when my snow egg came out and realised he probably should have also just ordered a snow egg.
Mr Muscles’ Dessert: Quay’s Eight Texture Chocolate Cake
I loved the presentation of the chocolate cake where we watched the waiter pour in more chocolate to add to this already rich and indulgent cake. Mr Muscles dug into his dessert but stated that this dessert was very very rich and that it was hard to finish due to the richness of the cake and all the various layers of chocolate. I tried a bit of the cake and agreed that it was very rich and quite bitter from the dark chocolate.
But drum roll please…..THE INFAMOUS SNOW EGG!!!
I had read about the snow egg on so many various blogs and seen pictures of it from people who had visited Quay and had major food envy every time I saw a picture of this snow egg. I really couldn’t wait to try it! I know that each time the fruit flavour changes so it’s never the same. I’ve heard people eat snow eggs with peaches, nectarines and cherries so I was curious to see what plum would taste like.
My Dessert: Plum & Vanilla Snow Egg
I thoroughly enjoyed my dessert from the lovely cold hard texture of the granita outside of the egg to the crunch of the outside layer of the egg to the inside of the egg which had a light meringue and some really seriously addictive ice cream. I really could have eaten two of these snow eggs in one sitting. Mr Muscles had a taste of my dessert and really regretted not ordering this for his dessert. As Mr Muscles excused himself to go to the bathroom, I continued to eat my dessert in silence in awe at how wonderful all the flavours were. I couldn’t really taste the plum but I didn’t really care as I was busy demolishing my dessert bit by bit and soon enough as Mr Muscles returned to the table I had literally licked the bowl clean. He was laughing at me at this stage because I had finished the dessert so quickly but YES it was THAT good! ;P I would seriously go back to Quay just to eat their snow egg again but hey that’s just me ;P
An inside shot of the snow egg once I had cracked the top of the egg…dreaming of this right now as I type this!
It was a really wonderful dinner with great food and even better company! I hope you had a wonderful birthday Mr Muscles and that all your wishes came true on your birthday! Let’s go eat a snow egg on my birthday ok? ;P
Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal
5 Hickson Rd The Rocks NSW 2000
Ph: (02) 9251 5600
Trading Hours: Lunch: Tues-Fri 12 Noon-2:30pm & Dinner Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm
Until next time all!