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Bistro Lilly

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by Dora Bona (subscribe)
A freelance writer, and amateur photographer Dora also teaches creative writing classes. Check out her website at
Published March 6th 2011
Ever been to a restaurant where every single dish on the menu begs to be sampled? If not, then you haven't been to Bistro Lilly . With a distinctly Modern French flavour and ambience, and a chic interior it's a little slice of Europe.

Bistro Lilly is located at the top of Observatory Tower in the heart of Sydney's historic Rocks area. The lunch and a la carte menus feature all your favourites, like Wagyu Beef, duck and salmon but prepared in the distinctive Bistro Lilly Way. Delicious food indeed, and a feeling that no matter what you've chosen, you will "want what she's having".

However, I do love the word "degustation". It sounds positively gluttonous and that's exactly what Bistro Lilly's degustation menu is all about. It's a totally self indulgent 5 course journey into food and wine oblivion. It's not exactly cheap, at $69 per person for the 5 courses, and $36 per person for the degustation wines, but it really is all about the over-the-top experience of sampling insanely luscious food. You can start salivating now.

Course 1: A selection of Amuse Bouche (that's hors d'oeuvres) accompanied by a Cuvee Blanc from McLaren Vale.
Sourdough bread with whole roasted garlic and truffle butter.
Supplementary Course: Freshly shucked Sydney Rock Oyster served two ways accompanied by a Margaret River Reisling
Course 2: Scallops Carpaccio with lemon crème, cress, apple and citrus salt, accompanied by a Sav Blanc from Adelaide
Mid Course Palate Cleanser: Tahitian Lime Sorbet
Course 3: Truffled Duck Liver Pate, with spiced beetroot, port jelly and toasted brioche accompanied by a Pino Noir from the Yarra Valley
Course 4: 120 day aged Grain Fed Beef Fillet with Foie Gras Ravioli, Fondant Carrot, sautéed spinach and bordelaise, accompanied by a Shiraz from the Barossa Valley
Course 5: Belgian Chocolate Fondant Fondant Pudding, ganache, toasted walnut and honey ice cream, and a Muscat to finish.

That took a lot of effort to write, and I feel positively stuffed.
I may need to lie down - as you will when you've actually eaten your way through it all.

Bistro Lilly is at: Observatory Tower, 168 Kent Street
Phone: 02 9252 1116
Open for lunch Monday to Friday Noon till 3 pm.
Open for dinner Monday to Saturday 6 pm till 10 pm
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Why? Because you have to try a degustation menu at least once
When: lunch and dinner
Phone: 02 9252 1116
Where: The Rocks
Cost: On the expensive side, but worth it
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