Stu and I were feeling a bit sneaky running away to Sydney after work on Wednesday. Jules offered to take the boys for an extended sleep over and we made the most of our 24 hours of freedom. Jules is the best Godmother and BFF!
The view from the room at the Novotel was romantic but we didn't enjoy it for long. I put on my good shoes and we hit the town!
We ordered some cocktails and dined at Hark Rock. Later in the evening, the bar tenders at The Novotel put on a show as they mixed their signature cocktails for us, complete with European accents.
We awoke to this stunning view and enjoyed every minute of being uninterrupted. The buffet breakfast at the Novotel was amazing. There was a chef to cook your eggs and you name it, they had it and cooked just to your liking. The fruit was cut into perfect little cubes and placed in cute little jars. Even the juice was in little glass bottles. Attention to detail!
We walked off our breakfast and jumped on the Matilda cruise across to The Rocks.
Arriving at Aria, we were greeted by 5 waiters. All cheerful and pleasant, "Let me show you your seat, can I get you something to drink?" Within seconds I had a glass of water, an appetiser and some fresh sourdough with 2 kinds of butter. It seemed like we had the best table in the house. Look at the view!
For Entree I ordered the Smoked white sweet potato with from age blanc and Sterling caviar and Stu had the Raw Hiramasa kingfish with beetroot, lime and horseradish. Both dishes were absolutely devine! I had to stop myself from, 'Oh wow!' every time something came out.
For main Stu ordered (above) the Cervena venison fillet and crepinette with japanese pumpkin, red witlof, black pepper and riberry sauce. I had the Murray cod with sour blueberries, guanciale and rosemary. Stu said the venison was his favourite dish.
Dessert was Passionfruit crumble soufflé with macadamia nut gelato. Stu ordered the Valrhona chocolate ganache with raspberries and warm chocolate donuts (below). Every mouthful of every dish was just amazing but the chocolate donuts were my favourite... lucky for me, Stu is good at sharing!
The service didn't end with the last course. Petit fours were so beautiful we didn't want to eat them and they all tasted just as good as they looked.
9 years of a lifetime commitment, done!