Thursday, June 7, 2012

Catalina: Rose Bay (6 June 2012)

I've heard about the legendary views of Catalina, located on the edge of Lyne Park with uninterrupted views of the Sydney Harbour and a kitchen that is open continuously from midday to late. Having been awarded 1 hat by the SMH good food guide, we were expecting a night of good food, service and atmosphere.
Butter and pink salt
Home-made sourdough bread 
Crisp confit pork belly with seared sea scallops, 
cauliflower puree, shallots, port and pear jus
The meat was succulent, and the skin crisp with a perfect amount of crunch factor to it. 

Pan fried king prawns with chilli, garlic and herb butter
  As unhealthy as it may be, I could have probably just ended up dipping the bread into the butter sauce. I did manage to restrain myself, but did manage to shred the pieces of prawn meat into smaller pieces to soak up more of the butter sauce which was deliciously addictive.

Riverine beef tenderloin with fondant potato and truffle mushroom duxelle
 While there was nothing to fault with the beef tenderloin, which was cooked perfectly to the specified medium-rare, the highlight of the dish for us was the fondant potato and truffle mushroom duxelle. It is a large call, but the fondant potato in this dish really may have been one of the best potato pieces I have eaten! 

Pan fried snapper fillet with potato and garlic mash; lemon caper butter
Side Salad
Petit Fours
Salted peanut praline and caramel parfait
Found this dessert a little too sweet and rich to finish a full meal off, but was a lot more handable once the tea was served. 

Classic Lemon tart with mascarpone
Necessary green tea and peppermint tea to go with the desserts 
Bonsai tree!

 While all the dishes were beautifully cooked and presented, the servers just seemed overly tired and not wanting to be there. It could be because we were part of the late seating (8.15pm), but putting the service aside it was a lovely night in a truly magical Sydney location. I would probably come back on a sunnier day just to soak in the wonderful views this restaurant offers.

Lyne Park
Rose Bay NSW 2029
02 9371 0555
Open 7 days until late

Catalina on Urbanspoon

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