Oysters for lunch and a decadent dinner
Trip Start Apr 28, 2012
9Trip End May 11, 2012
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We attempt to explore the plethora of boutique shops in Newtown and discover that the town centre doesn't really open for business until 10.30am
In the late morning we catch a train, then a tram, to Sydney's fish markets. There we meet Si, Allan and Issy and enjoy lunch by the water. We select a couple of seafood boxes which probably weren't the best choice - there are nice things amongst them but overall it's a bit too much deep fried food. However, the oysters and bubbles are fantastic. This is my treat. It is Nathan and my anniversary after all. We toast to six happy years passed (and many more to come). There are no presents this year, we decide we're spoiling ourselves enough with this trip as it is!
We stop off at Darling Harbour for a play in the park. Then we all head back to Newtown for a spot of shopping in the now open boutiques, and for Si to get her hair done. Si, Allan and Bell depart so the little one can get to bed. A few hours later we meet them again at a bar and head over to Bodega, a restaurant in Surrey Hills. We start with cocktails and make a selection of eight tapas. They come out one by one, which makes it feel more like a degustation than casual tapas. Each dish is spectacular. The quality of the food matches the meals we've had in some of Auckland's best restaurants. Standout dishes include a cauliflower combination that reinforces my new found love of this vegetable, pork belly so soft and tender I could cry and smoky lamb ribs dripping in fat. There's more - scallops smothered in rich creamy goodness, corn tamales like nothing I've had before, spicy, smoky chicken wings. Even the simple sliced meats are amazing. All accompanied by some excellent wines. Despite the amount of food we've eaten, we order one desert to share. The chocolate slice/fondant is sweet and salty and combines beautifully with the milk ice cream. A fitting end to an incredible meal. We stumble out, stomachs bulging and budgets blown, to find a taxi home.
(No photos of dinner sorry - this was deemed too embarrassing by my fellow diners!)