It was time for us ladies to meet up, i.e. the ladies from the NYC group with Sami Lukis as our host. A couple of ladies flew in from Toowoomba, a couple from BrisVegas, one from Melbourne, one from Canberra and the rest were Sydney based. We decided to meet up at The Flying Fish, an idea that germinated many months ago when we were trying to work out where and when to meet.
What better way to spend our $100 Flying Fish gift voucher? Note to all that when we were holidaying in NYC with Sami, we received a goodie bag loaded with freebies and some gift vouchers. One of them was the Flying Fish voucher.
It was again a lovely Saturday evening and as we walked down the wharf to the end of the jetty I was struck again by how beautiful Sydney is. I so love living here and I know I am one of the lucky ones!!
Deja vu hit all of us big time. It was just lovely seeing the girls all dressed up to the nines! Waves of NYC flashbacks hit me..
|Most of the group but not all are in this shot|
But this time I am here as part of a group of 12 ladies. We all decided to order a main and a dessert. Plus we were sharing bottles of sparkling wine, soft drinks and even beer. For my main I decided to have the WA Marron with brown butter emulsion, charred lettuce and aged balsamic. It is actually an entree dish but I asked for it to be upsized to a main dish.
The Marron was spectacular; it was perfectly cooked. It was succulent and beautifully complemented by the brown butter emulsion. More please!
One of the other main dish I managed to take a picture of was Sami's dish of Blue Eye Trevalla with white curry, mango yoghurt, and leaf mallum. She said it was delicious and she loved the white curry flavour.
We also ordered some side dishes to share. There was Shaved fennel, blood orange, mint and chilli salad; Hand cut chips with chilli salt; and Dutch carrots with Harissa, yoghurt and cardamom (sorry, but I forgot to take a photo of the delicious carrots).
Almost everyone ordered dessert. Mine was Summer peaches and quandongs, nougat pannacotta, buckwheat shoots, and buckwheat ice cream. It was delicious, there was an interesting popcorn like texture and taste to the buckwheat shoots.
Some had the Dark and white chocolate ganache, raspberries, mascarpone mousse, pistachio, balsamic, and sour cherry sorbet.
Another dessert dish was the Coconut mousse with young coconut, sheep's yoghurt eucalyptus caramel, fresh mango, mango curd, and coconut sorbet. A very pretty looking dessert that was plated in an interesting way.
Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to take a photo of a very popular dessert but by all accounts it was very delicious. The Blackcurrant soufflé, with braised Illawarra plum, mulberries and jersey milk ice cream went down a treat!!
I enjoyed my food experience this time, a whole lot more than 3 years ago. I think it was because I made a conscious decision to be more careful with my dish selection. The service was good and I am wondering if having Sami at our table had a little to do with it? Who knows but I am not complaining!
I still think the dishes were quite pricey but I did so enjoy my Marron. But best of all, I got to catch up with my travel mates and reflect on the lovely friendships we have going since the trip.
Thanks to Sami for organising this reunion. Hopefully we can meet up in a year's time and see where we all are then!
Flying Fish Restaurant and Bar
19-21 Pirrama Road
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