We’re no strangers to the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, a 5-star hotel, renowned for its luxury style and brand. However, only few are aware that their Garden Court Restaurant, Sofitel’s elegant European themed restaurant, is now open for lunch having been closed for the past 5 years.
Step inside the restaurant, and the simple elegance of the decor, reminds you of modern day Paris. With an abundance of natural light entering from the entire length of the restaurant from the gardens, you have the alfresco dining experience, whilst sheltered from the elements.
‘”Partager”, the french art of sharing’, is the theme for this restaurant. Food that is designed to share, whilst dining in the warm ambiance of this chic garden restaurant.
There is a fine selection of wines and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to choose from. Taking the French inspired theme to heart, we started our delightful lunch with some pinot noir, a crusty baguette and salted butter.
The sharing boards are one of the main attractions on the menu. There is the Charcutier’s Board (cured, smoked, and dried cold cuts), Poissoner’s Board (raw, marinated, and smoked seafood) and Jardiner’s Board (raw, marinated, roasted, and grilled vegetables). We opted for the Chef’s Selection sharing board which provides a selection from all three. Definitely one of the highlights of our meal. The squid ink chorizo gets a special mention, as does the capsicum dip.
We then moved on to some ‘Moules Frites’. Steamed South Australian black mussels and fries. The mussels were cooked to perfection, the fries were crunchy, and the sauce was perfect for dipping the baguette into.
The roasted local line caught snapper with seasonal baby vegetables cooked in olive oil and lemon was outstanding. Crispy skin, with delicate flakes of flesh underneath. This was a light and healthy dish we thoroughly enjoyed.
The slow roasted Milly Hill lamb shank with green beans, truss tomatoes, fondant potatoes and thyme essence was another clear winner. Fall off the bone tenderness with fantastic flavour that wasn’t too saucy as most lamb shanks tend to be. The fondant potatoes were the perfect accompaniment to this dish.
We wrapped up our lunch with a selection of mini French desserts. The macarons and fruit tart were the favourites. This is an absolute must order dish. They’re miniature bite sized portions, so you essentially get to taste a little bit of everything. The perfect dessert!
The Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, true to form, have an outstanding restaurant now open for lunch service. That luxurious feel of a special lunch out, without the exorbitant price tag. In fact, the prices are comparable to any other restaurant in the CBD. Next time you’re looking to treat yourself to a special lunch without breaking the bank, then look no further.
Garden Court Restaurant
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys