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The Gantry Restaurant and Bar

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So much to see...so little time to see it all.
Published April 26th 2015
The smell and taste of the sea
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The brilliant view from the Gantry


Whether it's an over the water bungalow, over the water restaurant, yacht or cruise ship, anything done over the water engenders a feeling of indulgence, decadence, pleasure, importance etc.

The Gantry Restaurant and Bar at Pier One is a new restaurant at an old location. Almost under the Harbour Bridge, I feel like we could be on a stationary boat but without the bobbing around bit.

The Gantry Bar


After receiving a very pleasant greeting and being somewhat overwhelmed by the cool sleek and busy interior, we choose to catch the smell of the salty sea breeze and sit at a table that is just that much closer to the water with views over Walsh Bay

The menu is slanted towards seafood (fair enough) with some sassy sounding ingredient combinations that are intriguing, not in a courageous, but in an audacious way. Our waiter from Nepal is a true gypsy of the globe and his worldly good service ethic and humour is evident from the start.

Taste like the sea


First up is a half dozen oysters which taste like that they have been hacked from the rocks nearby just five minutes ago then shucked and placed on our plate. Wedges of lemon and a delicate shallot and black pepper mignonette accompanies it, but really, the oysters speak for themselves. Slipping them down naturally is their true and pure purpose in life.

For the mains, Ms Pam opts for the Jum Jum duck with Cook's Co-op carrots, purslane and a citrus glaze. It's an impressive looking dish, the whole baked carrots delicately balanced over the duck pieces. All the ingredients serve a purpose whether it be colour, flavour or texture with the slightly sautéed purslane being a surprise hero.

Jum Jum Duck


I'm a little disappointed in the Petuna sea trout with warrigal greens, fennel and tamarind. The fish should be the hero but I find the saviour is the tamarind which, a little like bacon, makes everything taste good. I find the well cooked trout's flavour just too subtle for my delicate taste buds.

There are a few curious dessert choices on the menu and we opt to share the substantial goat milk pudding, rosella, oatmeal crumble and fresh honeycomb. It is definitely a dessert that only an audacious chef could create. It's a rich combination of unique textures, flavours and sweetness. It is satisfying in a peculiar unique way, like when you experience something previously unknown which proves to be incredibly sensational and memorable for all the right reasons.

Goats Milk Pudding


The Gantry experience continues even though we have finished our meal. The sea views over Walsh Bay never end. Lunch time joggers pass by. A small wedding party walk up looking for a photo location. They've come to the right place.
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Why? The food, the views, the service, the fresh sea breeze
Where: 11 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay
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