Rockpool on George | #ManFlu | #bestblogs13

Last night after a little anticipation we dined at Rockpool on George. This is Neil Perry’s restaurant. Neil is a famous celebrity chef in Australia and is also responsible for the Qantas http://qantas.com cuisine, especially the business and first class menus.

To get into the mood of Sydney we walked around a little.

Sydney opera house

The sails of the Sydney Opera House

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The sun was in the right place at the right time for this. We arrived a little early we were so keen on the evening’s dining experience.

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Rockpool on George

Fantastic dining #dinner

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Bron captured this image of me outside the restaurant

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Bread

Bread and whipped butter

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The whipped butter went so nicely with this bread which had the crustiest of crusts.

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Canapé

Blue swimmer crab and avocado foam canapé

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Queensland spanner crab, parsley, egg, fennel fondue

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Caviar on a perfectly poached egg

Caviar #yummy

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with soft poached egg, crispy potato, Allemande sauce

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Caviar on a perfectly poached egg

Caviar and poached egg #yummy

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John Dory

John Dory #yummy

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“ginger and shallot” scampi, fennel and macadamia

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Beef

Beef #yummy

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Rib cap (deckle) infused in tobacco with fennel, mint, green olive and potato

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Beef

Beef #yummy

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This looks a little naughty and sorry my photography is not that good

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Bron’s chocolate

Chocolate

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grand cru from Valrhona with peanut butter and jelly

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Vacherin

Amazing custard and lime granita dessert #yummy

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pandan custard, coconut parfait, jasmine sorbet and lime granita

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Petit four

Petit four #yummy

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Neil Perry

Neil Perry

I found this image at http://cdn.taste.com.au/images/articles/neil03281319.jpg

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This was one of the finest dining experiences we’ve had together or apart. The restaurant’s ambience is perfect. Bron noted the lack of art work which didn’t seem out of place for the elegant simplicity of the surrounds. The wait staff were very helpful and informative without being intrusive on our evening. They were great at anticipating our needs, e.g., for topping up water and clearing away crockery. Bron was really impressed with the sliver tablecloth brush 🙂

The evening is definitely worth the money we paid given the location, the excellent service to customer ratio, the ability to watch the chefs in action and most importantly the quality and complexity of the food. In the menu frontispiece Neil Perry ensures he attributes correctly the source of all his produce. I think this is a mark of quality.

One of the things that really struck us was the intelligent way in which the service was arranged. For example, the seating times for each table seemed to be calculated to ensure each group of guests were not sitting on adjacent tables. This gave us a sense of a space and tranquility. We could have a conversation without the need to be guarded or to whisper.

My one regret was that I was at the peak of my #ManFlu which means I don’t think I really enjoyed the subtlety of all that was on offer. It simply means we need to come here again.

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Rockpool on George http://www.rockpool.com/sydney/

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19 thoughts on “Rockpool on George | #ManFlu | #bestblogs13

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  11. Arrh yes, good old Rockpool. Some of my best dining experiences ever have also been at one of Neil Perry’s restaurants.

    Gary.. you should visit Neil’s Melbourne version of Rockpool at Crown. I’d be interested to find out if you have a similar experience at his Melbourne counterpart.

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  13. I just love the look of the perfect poached egg, and I am making a note of the restaurants you are visiting in Sydney for future reference. 🙂

  14. The “naughty” photo gave me and my husband a good laugh! All the food looks amazing! If I can talk my husband into the hours of travel I would definitely love to visit a lot of the places you feature, and see you too, of course! Hugs and thanks for the great laugh! Happy Easter!

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