[invite] Bianca: After a refurbishment in 2015, the heritage-listed, art deco PRIMUS HOTEL opened its doors. Completed in 1939 and originally home to the Metropolitan Water Sewage & Drainage Board.
The hotel features 172 rooms and suites, the WILMOT restaurant and a very envious rooftop bar and pool on level seven. One I have definitely noted for any future bar adventures, it’s a total hidden gem in the city.
The Wilmot restaurant is in good company with other top hotel restaurants in Sydney. It is cleverly blocked off from the impressive main foyer, gorgeous moody lighting and warm hues really accent the main dining area.
Joining me was my main gal pal Felicitations and Primus Marketing & Comms Manager Jayshree who was exceptionally warm and welcoming and gave us a quick tour of the hotel.
Quite a generous serve, the Lobster & crab omelette, corn, chilli & coriander $32.
The Mushroom Consommé, Pumpkin Gnocchi, Truffle, Potato Tuile $22 was a delicate little starter and full of flavour.
Pretty as a picture, Kingfish Sashimi, Pickled Kumquats, Jalapeno, Wasabi, Squid Crisp $24. Wonderfully light and zesty with bursts of citrus, the texture of the kingfish was velvety and soft. I didn’t really care too much for the squid ink crisp but that’s just my personal tastes.
A little less successful was the Vegetable Lasagne, Oregano, Tomato Passata, Pesto, Mozzarella Cheese $32. Coming in to spring it was perhaps on the heavier side, I would have preferred pasta sheets incorporated within this dish, opposed to the layers of vegetables. I found the tomato passata quite intense, I will say I have been incredibly spoilt growing up on my Nonno’s homemade tomato sauce.
You can’t go wrong with the 200g Cape Grim Eye Fillet, Café De Paris Butter, Thick Potato Maxim $48. Cooked to a perfect medium (as per Felicity’s preferences) and incredibly tender. The presentation of the potato maxim was very impressive.
Don’t even hesitate, make sure you order a serving of the Truffle Fries -w/ parmesan $12.
I ummed and ahhed about my main but I think I won out. The Roast Chicken -w/ Jerusalem artichoke, pickled spring onion & truffle jus $32 was my standout dish from the entire meal. It was faultless, I would put it up there for one of the more memorable dishes I have eaten in 2019. Whoever said chicken was boring?
Desserts are worth saving room for. Pretty as a picture, the Mango, Coconut custard trifle & passionfruit sorbet $18 is the epitome of spring/summer. If you’re after something a little lighter, this would be the way to go!
If Felicity and I are together, guaranteed there’s going to be chocolate involved! The Chocolate brownie tart-w/ citrus salad & orange yoghurt ice-cream $18 will satisfy the biggest chocolate fans. I loved the use of varying textures and temperatures. The dehydrated mandarins were a masterstroke!
And finally, the Cheesecake, hazelnut coffee crumb & salted caramel ice-cream $18. The most decadent of our three chosen desserts, this was RIGHT up my alley. Everything down to the berries adding a hit of sourness worked well together, a flawless end to our meal.
Hotel dining at its finest. Add the Wilmot to your must-visit list next time you’re in the city CBD.
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of the Wimot & Primus hotel but all opinions remain our own.