Ripples at Sydney Wharf
56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW
(02) 9571 1999
Cuisine: Modern Australian
BYO: Yes, $8 per bottle
Prices: Nibbles $7-$11, starters $14-$19, mains $24-$29, desserts $12-$22
A trip to Sydney wouldn’t be complete without the chance to meet up with fellow food bloggers so on the Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting up with Bel from Ooh Look, Anita from Leave Room for Dessert and mademoiselle delicieuse from Spoon, Fork & Chopsticks for lunch. Through the wonders of live communication on Twitter, we found out Agnes from Off the Spork (Melbourne) happened to be in Sydney that weekend as well so she came along to the lunch too.
Ripples has a number of branches around Sydney, each one with their own menu. None of us had been to the Sydney Wharf branch so we choose that location. It is just opposite Star City casino, and it would have been nice to know this ahead of time instead of being led astray by my phone’s GPS! The GPS said number 56 was on the other end of Pirrama Road so that’s where we parked and ended up having a 20 minute walk in the hot sun to the actual restaurant!
Once we got there, we found a beautiful outdoor restaurant on the wharf and by the water. All the tables are outdoors, but under cover. There were rolled up clear blinds on the perimeter which would come into use when the weather wasn’t so nice. We were lucky with the weather that day with the sun out and a nice breeze in the shade.
Since there was so many of us, we each ordered our own thing. I had a hard time choosing just one dish out of the many on the menu that I fancied! My brother BT came along too and he was nice enough to ask what were the two dishes I wanted to try and he would order the other one. I liked the sound of the char grilled beef tenderloins but as I knew we would be having a heavy dinner, I chose the seared scallops.
The scallops were served with boudin noir, which is a “blood sausage” or “black pudding”. It’s not something I would eat by choice, but cut into small pieces it gave the dish a nice lift. The scallops were perfectly seared on the outside, bordering on a little raw on the inside but just the way I like them. The tortellini was slightly chewy but smooth pumpkin filling and the tasty goats cheese sauce made up for that. There were also little bits of pumpkin sprinkled over the dish for colour.
My brother ordered Ripples’ famous fish & chips. It was a large serve of deep fried goodness! The batter was just right – not too thick or thin and not too oily either. The chips were also very good with a mix of soggy and crispy chips to keep us both happy (me with the soggy & hubby & BT with the crispy). The definite highlight of the meal was the homemade tartare sauce. The three of us agreed it was one of the best tartare sauce we have had.
Hubby ordered the pan seared ocean trout. It was supposed to be served with a grilled pork sausage, though I can’t recall having it and looking at the photo, I can’t see it either. It was however, served with a poached egg on top of the fish which wasn’t mentioned on the menu. I thought the egg was a rather weird addition to the fish fillet but the fish was moist and flaked apart easily. I enjoyed the farmers salad, which was a mix of salad leaves, tomato quarters and deep fried garlic bread croutons.
As tempting as the desserts sounded (burnt lemon tart, lemon curd bombe alaska and macadamia toffee anyone?!), I was saving the extra calories for the visit to Adriano Zumbo’s patisserie after lunch! Thanks to everyone for coming along and it was great to be able to put a face to a blog!
Overall: Ripples at Sydney Wharf was a beautiful restaurant for lunch and the food was really good. I heard a few comments that it was pricey, but I thought it was reasonable for the food they were serving.
Would I return? Yes, it’s a great place for a catch up.
Over & Out, Rilsta xx