Causing Ripples in Sydney’s dining scene

Published:
01/02/2022

 

As we step onto the seaside deck at Ripples Chowder Bay on this dark and stormy evening, I can’t help but think how incredible it is that a restaurant so close to Sydney’s beating heart can feel as though you’re miles away. 

On this particular evening, my partner and I have the pleasure of watching on from our warm, cozy table as the rain sets in and the forceful waves begin crashing to shore.

It’s breathtaking and a side of our harbour city you so rarely get to see from such comfort.

Our waiter begins by talking us through the Italian-influenced menu, before recommending we start our evening with a tipple to set the tone. 

I opted for a glass of bubbles, while my partner, ever the whiskey-lover, went with the Fancy Free – a twist on a classic Old Fashioned with a splash of maraschino liqueur.

First out came our shared entrees of the chicken liver pate and the veal tonnato – a creamy dish of lightly seared shaved veal, capers, lemon, and parsley.

The rich and smooth pate was a standout for us, paired perfectly with a sweet blueberry chutney and peppery rocket and served on fresh crispbread.

Our mains soon follow, with my partner choosing the pork neck with red cabbage, carrot, and red wine jus and me the spatchcock with cous cous, harissa, pinenuts, raisins and parsley. 

My partner cannot help but gush about his dish, a perfect balance of tender pork with a light, fluffy carrot puree.

Meanwhile, the warmth of the harissa and sweetness of the raisins in the cous cous pair wonderfully with my succulent spatchcock.

We are served our mains alongside a light side of seasonal vegetables with lemon dressing and almonds, a delicious palate cleanser from the heavier meat-driven mains.

Few dining experiences have seen our needs so well looked after, with our waiter politely returning several times to ensure our glasses were full and our food to our liking. 

He returns a final time to share with us the dessert menu, and while we are full almost to the point of bursting, we are enticed to share a coconut panna cotta with caramelised pineapple, matcha crumble and mango sorbet.

It’s the ideal mixture of sweet and tart flavours to end a truly spectacular evening at one of Sydney’s quintessential dining experiences.

Author:
Stephanie Aikins, Editor-in-Chief, North Shore Living Magazine

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