A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published May 26th 2014
Set-Menu Dining on Mother's Day
Around 20 minutes south of Sydney CBD sits the beautiful Botany Bay, offering a pleasant seaside ambience without the big crowds often encountered at beaches like Bondi. With panoramic views of the city skyline, airport, ocean, and Kurnell, it's safe to say that the founders of Omeros on the Beach have chosen a top location for their modern-Australian seafood restaurant.
Look across the shimmering blue Botany Bay as you dine.
The family who founded this restaurant have specialised in seafood cuisine since they opened their first restaurant in La Perouse, 1971. Ever since, they have run several exquisite restaurants around Sydney. Omeros, their latest, proudly won the 'The Best Fine Dining Restaurant' St. George Leader Business Award in 2008, 2011, and again in 2012.
The family and I visited this seaside beauty for lunch on Mother's Day. It was no surprise that an elegant lunch on the water's edge was a popular idea on this occasion. There were lengthy waits to be seated and served - with two seatings being held over the afternoon. Despite the larger than average crowds being attracted upon such an event, I recommend booking in advance for any occasion to avoid disappointment.
There was a Mother's Day set menu for all, meaning limited choices for each course, but a small-scale showcase of the variety of dishes that are to be tasted at Omeros. Starters, mains, and sweets made up the $85 3-course set. Complimentary heart-shaped chocolate and fresh bread-rolls welcomed us to this culinary journey.
My starter was a subtly-flavoured salad of Saffron Poached Chicken accompanied by crisp pancetta & tarragon mayonnaise (appears to be limited to set menus). The saffron made the chicken lightly aromatic, enabling the saltier, bolder, pancetta and mayonnaise to be the highlighted flavours of the dish.
Amongst us we had the Spinach and Ricotta Pie (normally $18) which had a fluffy pastry shell, generous filling, and fresh Greek salad on the side. There was also the Blue Swimmer Crab Spring Rolls (also apparently limited to the set menu). Coated in sweet chilli and ginger, these were a nice showcase of the Asian-infused flavours in Omeros' repertoire.
For my main I went the Garlic Prawns (normally $36). These were mixed in with a creamy, risotto style bed of rice. Mushrooms, spring onions, and a generous helping of the garlicky sauce made this a decadent dish. I immensely enjoyed slowly grazing on this with a flow of white wine happening on the side.
For the main course we also had among us the similarly garlicky, and creamy, Grilled Atlantic Salmon. This was served with tender asparagus and trout caviar atop it ($35). A juicy rosemary Lamb Shank with polenta and veggies (appears to have been a special on Mother's Day) was also one of the choices. The fluffy polenta was a favourite among all of us.
Desserts were generally fruity and not overly decadent. Between us we had the vanilla bean pannacotta with berry compote and a strawberries and cream pavlova. The pannacotta was beautifully set and it was easy to savour the sweetness one small teaspoon at a time. The pavlova came with fresh strawberries and a watermelon slice. The fruits in both of these desserts were a lovely refreshment at the end of a satiating lunch.
Vanilla bean pannacotta, strawberries and cream pavlova, and white wine.
To further refresh, you should take a walk in the open-air outside of the restaurant. A coastal walkway, the beach, and the surrounding parkland are all very scenic and give you more reason to visit this place.
After hours spent over a lovely lunch, we were treated to a stroll with views of beautiful sunset skies over Botany Bay.
Whether you're visiting Omeros for a regular lunch or dinner, or a special event, the culinary experience can be tailored to be different each time. For more info about Omeros, the regular menus, set menus, and packages, check out their website.