The Garden Court at the Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney

As part of the Viva Sydney promotion by Tourism NSW, Sir D and I headed off to the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth hotel to dine at The Garden Court, which was offering a buy one get one free main meal offer for lunch or dinner.

The dining area has a clean, polished garden setting look with indoor plants studded around the place. The large windows letting in the sunlight and greenery from outside makes you feel as though you are actually sitting in which makes you feel as though you are actually dining outdoors in a beautiful garden.

We start with a small sourdough baguette which comes with a plate of olive oil, vinegar and dukkah, as well as a slab of butter in a cute little dish with a silver lid. Naturally, we go for the butter, although I try a little of the dukkah as well which has a pleasant, peppery citrus flavour.

Amuse bouche: Sweet potato veloute with parsley puree


The complimentary amuse bouche arrives and today it is a sweet potato veloute with parsley puree. Sir D finds the parsley too overpowering while I find it compliments the flavours of the veloute nicely.

Braised pork belly with seared scallops, caramelised apple, pea and mint puree, herb salad – $34.00

We decide to forgo entrees this time and skip straight to the main course. I had no hesitation in ordering the braised pork belly with scallops – two of my favourite things in the one dish! The pork belly was meltingly soft and tender and it was topped with a crackling which strangely enough wasn’t blistered on the top but still super crunchy! The pea and mint puree was lovely and creamy and not too strong on the mint which was good (since I’m not a big mint fan). Three fat, juicy scallops sat on the other side of the dish and boy were they delicious! Seared on one side and still a bit raw in the middle, they were perfectly cooked and had a slice of caramelised apple hiding underneath and a herb salad garnished on top.

Grilled boneless quail with a chicken and truffle filling, glazed baby onions, trompette mushrooms and parsley puree – $35.00

Sir D went with The Garden Court’s signature main which was the quail. It came wrapped around a chicken and truffle stuffing and was moist and juicy. Whilst I liked the stuffed quail part of the dish, Sir D’s favourite part were the deep-fried quail legs sitting on top of a swirl of mashed potato. He described them as being “like KFC, but better”. I personally found them a bit dry but they certainly had a fried coating on the outside resembling that of KFC. The glazed baby onions were nice and sweet but we both found the trompette mushrooms very chewy as though they hadn’t been soaked in water for long enough.

Pre-dessert

After a short wait the pre-dessert arrived. There was no explanation of what it was when it was placed on the table so I flagged a waitress down later who told me it was a “strawberry thing”. Hm, how helpful. Anyway we tried to decipher it and it tasted like the top layer was a strawberry puree, with a lightly whipped cream layer underneath and strawberry juice or water on the bottom. It had a nice balance of sweetness from the cream and tartness from the strawberries.

Raspberry soufflé, white chocolate sauce and white chocolate ice cream – $18.00

The raspberry soufflé was a dusky pink creation that had puffed out from its ramekin and was lightly dusted with icing sugar. We found the raspberry flavour of the soufflé to be a bit too subtle, I would have preferred a more intense flavour but the light and airy texture was perfect. The soufflé was accompanied by a rich white chocolate sauce and white chocolate ice cream.

Vanilla pannacotta, strawberry jelly, strawberry and rose granita – $17.00

Our last dessert was the pretty vanilla pannacotta with strawberry jelly and strawberry and rose granita. I liked the contrast between the fruity jelly and granita with the luscious, creamy pannacotta base which was specked with vanilla.

The Viva Sydney promotion runs until 31st March 2010, with food and wine offers as well as hotel and arts specials. Check out the website for more details.

Oh, and P.S. Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentines Day to everyone :)

The Garden Court at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
61-101 Phillip Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Ph: +61 2 9228 9188
Breakfast: Monday to Friday, 6.30am-10.30am, Saturday to Sunday, 7am-11.30am
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12pm-2.30pm
Dinner: 7 days, 6pm-10pm


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8 Responses to The Garden Court at the Sofitel Wentworth, Sydney

  1. chocolatesuze says:

    wow awesome pics dude! the desserts look awesome and i love the butter dish hehe happy cny!

  2. mademoiselle délicieuse says:

    Ah, awesome value when these promos are on =) Love a souffle myself but that raspberry one definitely looks a little pale in colour!

  3. Stephcookie says:

    Haha at 'strawberry thing', kinda silly that they didn't know what they were serving! Looks totally worth it with the promo though!

  4. Howard says:

    Happy CNY. Thanks for the reminder about the promo, can always do with a discount!

  5. joey@FoodiePop says:

    The quail looks fantastic! Love stuffed quail! Thanks for the review!

  6. missklicious says:

    Yay for promos!

  7. Sarah Vino says:

    I haven't dined here but it's got my interest as a place to try!

  8. Penguin says:

    Hi chocolatesuze – Hehe thanks! The butter dish is cute hey? I wonder if I can get one for home…

    Hi mademoiselle délicieuse – Yep, buy one get one free main was a great deal! The soufflé wasn't the best I've had but the pannacotta was great :)

    Hi Stephcookie – It was a bit of a description fail! At least it tasted good :)

    Hi Howard – Happy CNY to you too! Discounts are always a good thing ;)

    Hi joey – The quail was amazing! And so it should be I suppose since it is their signature main hehe

    Hi missklicious – YAY!

    Hi Sarah Vino – I wasn't actually aware of the restaurant before the Viva Sydney promotion but I was pleasantly surprised!

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