Altitude, Shangri La
After wanting to come here for quite some time we made reservations that would send us above the horizon and the see a 180° view of Sydney’s Harbour.
Dined at 6:00pm which gave us the opportunity to watch the sun set in front of us, city lights being switched off for Earth Hour. Lucky for us we managed to score a window seat which made this event even more special. Other couples were constantly asking staff if they could be seated near the window. Staff kept apologising as seating arrangements could not be changed.
Photos didn’t turn out as good as i would have liked. Main focus was else where on the night couldnt really snap away like i’m doing a normal food review so one shot for everything (apologies if some are unclear).
Intimate feel with breath taking views (can’t beat that!). Environment is mainly filled with couples. Fairly small but its what I expected. It didn’t feel like I was over or under dressed as people dined fairly casually. Chairs were comfy and the tables were quite small (window seat tables). But overall the beige interior made the room feel soft and relaxing and when the sun went down.
Service was very prompt and helpful. Answers were given smoothly and staff were absolutely on the ball. Presentation was spot on, very smart and well spoken.
Food was was fantastic! We decided to stick with the 4 course meals which elevated to 8meals (incl. complementary dishes) which cost $110 per person (not including wine & water). On the night we were thanking god we didn’t order the Epi-Curious menu.. as we were feeling full from our choices. (Seriously our stomach’s have shrunk)
This Italian bread was soo soft and fluffy with a crusty edge. Adding the butter and a pinch of pink salt made the bread even tastier.
Seared sea scallops with mushroom duxelle, Jerusalem artichoke puree and cepe sauce
OH my god these scallops are to die for! They’re sooo hugeeee I think it would have to be one of the biggest scallop pieces i’ve ever seen! The mushroom duxelle and the artichokes made this dish even more to die for.
Chilli and basil cured Blue fin tuna with a smoked eel and a ‘Alto’ olive oil sorbet
I knew this dish would be semi-raw which is why i ordered it ^_^ Tuna was cooked to perfection. The melon sorbet took this dish to another level which reminded me of an entree we had at Bécasse. For an entree i thought this was mega huge! I was seriously feeling FULL on this first dish.
Complementary: Amouse Bouche – Celeriac veloute with diced salmon
I don’t know what this was but it was BEAUTIFUL! a really light creamy soup which was soo fluffy it felt like drinking the froth from a cappuccino. The salmon wasn’t over powering and you could taste a hint of the asparagus when combined. Mini salmon chunks gave this soup texture which was great
Crispy skin Murray Cod with a fennel mousse and tomato braised calamri
I’m a sucker for crispy skin fish and this one was COOKED to perfection the sea salt flakes sprinkled on the top gave it a flavorsome touch. The soft white flesh was moist which melted in your mouth when smeared with fluffy, creamy fennel mousse. The tomato braised calamari gave a bit of tomato tang to the dish which I thought was definitely needed especially considering the fennel mousse was fairly rich =P. Calamari had an unusual texture which i’ve never experienced before. It wasn’t rubbery and it wasnt soft.. LOVED IT!
Glenloth chicken and foie gras terrine with a sweet apple dressing
Had taste of B’s choice and I thought it was SOo NICE!!! yes i know your thinking it looks fairly thin and small but the flavours are divine. In fact it was soo nice I would have seriously swapped my crispy fish for this!
Milk fed lamb with saffron-pickled globe artichokes, roast potatoes and garden peas
I’m not a fan of lamb which is why i didn’t order this dish but dayem!!! I actually liked it better than my main!!! It tasted like a slow cooked ROAST!!! it was soooo niceeeeeeee (I love lamb roast – ONLY). The lamb was soo softtt and the gravy and caramelized onions made it even more home cooked!!!
Roasted kingfish with sautéed fennel and South Australian clam velouté
Yes i ordered another fish dish!! I loveeee fish!! The main reason why I ordered this is because i saw the word “clams” and I felt like clams =P First of all this dish was friggen gigantic! 3 pieces of King Fish ? (what were they thinking?) I was already full at this stage so I struggled to finish my meal. Fish was thin and crispy however there were “BONES” which i almost swallowed which sucked! But despite this hiccup, the creamy sauce, clams were beautiful and not to mention the fennel! I’ve never had fennel cooked this way and i must admit it made me think i was eating cabbage.
As the sun set down the lights came up so i took a quick light trail photo. The lighting from here onwards isn’t as nice as the beginning shots…I try not to use my flash because I think it ruins food photos with its harshness and bold shadows =(
I know my main focus of the night is the boyfriend so i didn’t want to ruin things with snapping away like im doing another review.. so I quickly snapped this night trail… my hands were shaky which sucked!
Complementary: Predessert – Lemon jelly with yogurt sorbet
Perfect way to end a main meal! This complementary jelly really helped removing the strong flavours from my mouth. The jelly and the yogurt left our mouth’s feeling refreshed for dessert.
Tonka Bean pannacotta with caramalised strawberries and candied orange zest
Every time i see the word pannacotta I just have to have one of these. Pannacotta was beautiful you could taste and see the real vanilla beans throughout it =P Strawberries were caramalised to pefection which made it pleasant to eat. The oranges were super SWEET.. YUMM (wish there were more oranges though) =( Truly the best parttt..
Dark Valhrona chocolate cream with salted peanut glass cookies and raspberry sorbet
I was torn between 2 worlds when it reached dessert time. This dark Valhona wasssssss all moans like herbal essence commercial! The bitterness of the chocolate made me moAN! (yes i love dark chocolate) and caramalised peanut (almost peanut brittle) cookies were sooooooo godd! not once did this ever feel sweet!
Complementary desserts: Caramel pieces and berry friands.
Berry friands were soo soft!!! they seriously did dissolve in your mouth! Never had a friand like this before but it was soo delicious! As for the hand made caramel.. it was incredibly soft which reminded me of Wethers Original caramels MmmMmM.!
176 Cumberland Street
The Rocks, NSW 2000
P (02) 9250 6000
F (02) 9250 6250
One of my favourite food blogers – Ffichiban also went to the Altitude (but on different nights) check out his awesome entry with his monitor licking photos! OoOo YehH