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Published May 17th 2015
Best dining in North Ryde
Step inside to a fine dining experience. White linen, fine cutlery, attentive service and superb food. A group of us decided to have a get-together and Atlantis Bar & Dining seemed the right place for our occasion. A round table was requested for our group, as conversation flows more freely in the round. Rectangular tables forces friends to dart between the backs of people's heads, or avoid stretched armpits across the table, in order to converse from one table end to the other.
Our waiter noticed one empty chair at our table and jokingly said that he would love to sit and join us in our banter. Of course he was welcome, but there was the job of taking food orders. We were a famished bunch. Some of us ordered three courses (confession: I am a greedy food addict), others ordered two courses. I can't remember all the meals that were ordered, but my eyeballs popped every time a dish arrived.
For the entrée, I was weighing up between the BBQ Jumbo Butterflied Quail and the Homemade Thyme and Potato Gnocchi. My decision rested on the dessert. A friend and I requested the dessert menu in order to choose the main dish and in turn, make an informed decision on the entrée. Eating at restaurants requires a methodical system. For food fanatics, it involves nothing less. The gnocchi would be my entrée of choice. I have tasted a few gnocchi over the years, but this was the best I have eaten. It was incredibly fluffy gnocchi, with a delightful thyme flavour.
The other entrees that arrived were Grilled Baby Octopus, Prawn Salad; Tasmanian Ocean Trout with blood orange, pernod, dill and Greek yoghurt; Baked Field Mushroom with ricotta, sundried tomato and asparagus; and a Prawn and Corn Chowder. Deliciously divine.
John Dory Fillets with tomatoes, basil and fennel; Angus Tenderloin with mash; Barramundi Fillet with potato, avocado and spinach; Slow Cooked Duck Legs with a beetroot & orange glaze. The Lamb Shoulders proved popular, as three friends ordered these. There was also a vegetarian option.
Next on our bucket list of menu items were the desserts. The Honeycomb and Marshmallow Icecream Sandwich was remarkable in taste. Two people ordered the White Chocolate Dome. Their vigorous nodding conveyed the whole story. Some of us followed the well-trod path of apple crumbles, except these crumbles were extraordinary. The Apple and Rhubarb Crumble with the crunchy top was delicious. The added pleasure was the raspberry icecream, delectably placed on top of more crumble. I was a very happy foodie at the end of this evening.
Our group had a great time together catching up and having fun. The food and the service at Atlantis added to our whole experience. Their food was exquisite and their service was impeccable. I'm marking my diary for the next visit.
My sisters and I took my mum here last Saturday for a belated mother's day High Tea.....YUM.....(the waiter, that is!!) Seriously though, the food was delectable, tasty finger sandwiches, mini quiche, traditional scone with jam and cream, and 4 yummy little dessert cakes to top it all off - very satisfying for a weekend lunch. Plus a huge choice of specialty teas, boring old me just had a pot of good old english breakfast, which I soon regretted when my 84 yr old mum ordered the relaxation tea and our absolutely gorgeous Cyprean waiter joked that came with a free massage!! Funnily, all my sisters then ordered the relaxation tea too! Ha ha! A fantastic afternoon thanks to good food and friendly staff :)