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Eating with the AU: Dining around King Street Wharf (Sydney)

It was a wet and windy evening when we made our way down to Darling Harbour for our foodie tour of King Street Wharf. From what I had gathered beforehand, it was going to be a bit of a bloggers bar crawl but instead of a drink at each place, we’d be sampling the diverse culinary treats the wharf has to offer. Needless to say, I had had a light lunch and was seriously looking forward to what the Wharf had in store for us.

We kicked things off with a cocktail at The Loft, a popular Darling Harbour drinking spot with spectacular views and a quirky interior. While we were sipping away at our fruity Tasman Iced Teas, some old friends caught up while I, the new kid on the block, became acquainted with some of my fellow foodies.

Before we knew it, it was time to hit up the next place for our first course of the evening, Steerson’s Steakhouse. I really loved the interior of the restaurant; sleek, sophisticated and lined with shelves of wine bottles. While restaurant manager, George Vitalis, settled us in with a glass of wine (a Mamre Brook, Reisling to keep things light), discussion around the table turned to our starter, the Tongue’n’Cheek. Having attended a Meat Masterclass a few weeks back that showcased the best of secondary cuts, I was actually looking forward to sampling more ox tongue – a sentence I never thought I would write.

The braised beef cheek and ox tongue was beautifully presented in a piece of pickled cucumber and an artichoke cream on the side. The textures were fantastic and the flavours went together surprisingly well.

After such a fabulous first course, the bar was set pretty high for our next stop, The Malaya. The newly refurbished restaurant has actually been serving up South East Asian cuisine to Sydney-siders for over 50 years and this level of experience was evident. We were lucky enough to sample three of The Malaya’s most popular dishes and, in celebration of their new wine list, enjoyed a glass to match each dish.

My personal favourite were the Kapitan King Prawns but the Coconut Beef Rendang was also a great twist on the classic dish. We also met the son of the owners and the sommelier who took us through his wine selections. With the range of dishes on offer at The Malaya, he has to focus on wines that would complement a range of flavours whilst also exploring grapes from different regions. From our meal and the paired wines, I think he’s done a fantastic job!

Our final stop was Casa Ristorante Italiano down by the water. The popular pizza joint served us a range of delicious desserts and, despite the mammoth meal we had already had, we bravely ate our way on. Suffering for our art… In addition to some quirky dessert pizzas (Apple Crumble anyone?), we got to sample an Orange Jaffa Cake which was pretty sensational and a lovely end to our evening.

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To access all the above restaurant head down to King Street Wharf, which is located HERE