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Published May 6th 2015
Eat at Darling Harbour without the price tag
People who come to Sydney love to go to Darling Harbour, and what's a better location for a restaurant than one with a waterfront view of this harbour and the city skyline? Problem is, there are a lot of restaurants along the harbourside, but many of them are quite expensive for the obvious reason of a world-class view. I've been on a hunt for a fairly inexpensive restaurant on Darling Harbour that I can show my friends and families visiting Sydney, and I might've found a solution.
Plate Restaurant offers deliciously modern Australian cuisine with locally sourced and freshly produced ingredients ranging from Queensland kangaroo fillets to seafood from the Sydney Fish Market.
We decided to sit inside, as it was a cold night, so on top of the harbour view, both my friend and I also had a view of their licensed bar and their cellars within their restaurant. We weren't complaining. (Although it was very tempting to keep ordering some wine.)
We decided to order some of the more expensive meals on their menu. I personally love kangaroo meat, but unfortunately it's usually too expensive for my eat-at-home meals, so I always try to order it when I'm out. I was lucky enough to spot 'Kangaroo Fillet' on their menu, so I ordered that without any hesitation. We only had to wait about 10-15 minutes for our meal. (Although, that could've been because we went there on a weeknight.)
My friend ordered a classic 'Fisherman's Basket'- grilled prawns, scallops, mussels, battered flathead, calamari and blue swimmer crab served with chips, lemon and tartar sauce. While most restaurants and pubs would deep-fry everything in their Fisherman's Basket, Plate Restaurant thankfully didn't. My friend loves seafood, but being a health-fanatic, she has never been a fan of deep-fried food, so she was very pleased when she saw this particular Fisherman's Basket. The highlight of the dish was definitely the crab for her, even though she doesn't eat it often and struggled to use the crab claw cracker. She said that everything in that seafood basket was really fresh, and finished everything on the plate with a big thumbs-up.
To say the least, I loved my kangaroo dish. It was a grilled roo fillet (cooked medium rare) served on a bed of grilled eggplant, zucchini, red capsicum, rosemary, potato and pepper sauce. If you've never had kangaroo meat before, most people would tell you that medium rare is the best way to cook it! The meat was a lot easier to chew than beef and was very tender and juicy. It had a lot of flavour, but wasn't too overpowering. Having said that, the pepper sauce was the hero of the dish. It was more than your average pepper sauce with butter, beef stock, wine and oil. It added a couple of extra ingredients in there such as cumin seeds and coriander (I think, but then again, I sincerely hope the chef will disclose their secret recipe one day). The sauce was THAT good that I had it with all the other components of the dish.
Plate Restaurant also offers a wide range of brekky, lunch and dinner specials. To view their specials, click here. (Note: Their dinner specials are rotated daily). To view their full menu, click here.
Don't forget to also register your name to receive a FREE dinner voucher during your birthday month. To sign up, click here
Now sit back, indulge in the food, and enjoy Sydney's beautiful Darling Harbour and its skyline.