Where can you find a fine dining restaurant in upmarket Circular Quay that serves steak with a beverage for under $30? Believe it or not, you'll find this at the 5-star Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel every Sunday night.
The Icons Brasserie, located on the 2nd floor of the hotel, is the Marriott's fine dining restaurant. For $29 every Sunday night the 'Steak your Claim' special gives you a choice of steak (rib eye, sirloin, rump or T-bone); potato (baked potato, mash or fries); sauce (mushroom, pepper, béarnaise or red wine jus) and a choice of house wine or beer.
The dining room is more relaxed and casual than you may expect for a five-star establishment in sought-after Circular Quay, but it has a nice ambience and intimate feel which is great for a Sunday dinner with family and friends.
We passed on ordering any entrées which turned out to be a wise decision. Our rib eye steaks were generously sized and with the potato was a hearty meal by anyone's standards. The meat was juicy and succulent, and with medium my preference, was pink and tender in the centre. The accompanying steak fries were crisp, golden and crunchy, with just the right amount of seasoning. The mushroom sauce had good consistency, adding to the meal instead of overpowering it.
Despite barely being able to finish the last bites of steak, the dessert menu was too tempting to turn down. We had our hearts set on the 'Vanilla Brûlée', with bitter sweet chocolate mousse and cardamom orange but alas it wasn't meant to be with the waiter informing us that the head chef had just dropped the last 2 brûlées. He suggested the 'Warm Sticky Date Fig Pudding' with butterscotch sauce and vanilla mascarpone instead and we acquiesced.
The pudding was a tad bit dry and it was on the small side. When priced at $14 we were expecting to be wowed a little bit more. Nonetheless it was a sweet end to cap off an exceptionally valued meal.
It's always refreshing to get a meal which turns out to be real value for money, especially if it's restaurant-quality food at pub prices. The 'Steak Your Claim' special is worth booking in for; just make sure you have a light lunch beforehand.