Bianca: We tend to shy away from overly touristy and ‘novelty’ restaurants in Sydney and I don’t think there is anything more iconic than the former Centrepoint tower, now known as, Sydney Tower. Located on Level 1, is 360 Bar and Dining. A revolving restaurant offering unparalleled views across Sydney, we were moderately sceptical about the food before we set off for dinner and I’m happy to report we were pleasantly surprised.
We opted for 3 courses at $95 pp as well as a few sides and an upgrade for the steak main and the dessert. It was a Tuesday evening and come 6 pm the restaurant was slowly filling up, we noticed quite a few tables of two celebrating special occasions, and with that view, it was easy to see why. We were celebrating nothing…. but thought we’d mark a particularly gorgeous Tuesday evening with a few classy beverages. Alex loves his champagne and so for a truly indulgent dinner accompaniment, we say go for a glass of 2006 Dom Perignon $79 /125ml. The Victorian, Port Philip Estate Pinot Noir $18 glass was a solid choice to pair with heavier protein-based menu options.
Course one started with the Moreton Bay Bug Tail, we couldn’t help but think this could have done with a fraction longer, as it was a little tough. We loved the salty pops and the texture of the bacon crumb but felt the fennel puree was a little too imposing with the softer flavour of the bug.
The Scallops were a standout. The citrus from the lime gel and the toasted coconut shavings paired gorgeously with the plump caramelised scallops. Tying it all together the bursts of sweet/sour notes from the pomegranate seeds.
Course two moved more towards heavier proteins. With the Black Angus Beef Fillet 200g instantly catching our attention. A well-executed medium rare, sprinklings of white rock salt is an excellent sign and as expected the steak was well seasoned and tender. The thick jus was almost mesmerising as it was poured over the plate, finally accented by the tomato flavoured butter. The steak is also served with either fries or a pomme puree. Go for the mash, trust me… you’ll scrape the bowl clean.
Pork Belly is a major weakness of mine and I’m instantly drawn to it once I see it on the menu. Two generous squares of luscious fatty pork belly with a super crisp crackling. I adored the crisp lentils, which are sometimes such an underutilised and forgotten pulse. The rapini was neither here nor there for me and I found the addition of the papaya a little jarring.
The Japanese Pumpkin & the Mixed Leaf Salad w/pear & parmesan are good options for sides… just don’t forget the Pomme Puree.
And finally, dessert. We are notorious for our commitment to sweets and we weren’t about to let the team down now. The Dessert Platter seemed to be the smartest option as were torn between a few items. Our favourites were the decadently rich Chocolate Pave w/ salted caramel and the Coffee w/milk pannacotta & coffee sponge.
We were well and truly ready to about roll out of there. Service was knowledgeable and friendly without being obtrusive. Perhaps the interior is a bit outdated but I think with a 360* view of Sydney before your very eyes. I don’t think you’re going to be critiquing the interior too closely.
To celebrate Vivid Sydney, 360 have created a special Alice in Wonderland themed dinner on Saturday the 3rd of June. A 6-course degustation w/ a cocktail and matching wines is $195. All taking place in STUDIO, the tallest event space in Southern Sydney.
Photos by Alex
Tickets for 360 Wonderland can be bought HERE
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of 360 Bar & Dining. All opinions, however, are our own and independent.