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Published October 30th 2011
It was a fine evening to stroll down to Pyrmont across the Harbour Bridge. Our mission was to find an establishment worthy of our tastebuds. What we didn't know, was that Pyrama restaurant was going to trample our expectations in every possible way. From the outside, the adorable restaurant had gotten us curious enough to wander over. As we read the menu hanging on the wall, our mouths began to water in delight. With fine dining, it's just as risky as any venture – you never truly know what you're going to get. Pyrama restaurant exceeded all of our expectations with food, service, ambience and price. The classy little restaurant offers a three course dinner from only $52, which for the quality of the experience that you receive - is worth every cent. The staff were extremely attentive, friendly and helpful with an evidently well-trained customer service focus. The cuisine itself was of such high quality, that you could taste and feel the thought and effort the chef had put into your dish. The menu itself was unique and catered to omnivores, vegetarians and pescetarians without having to ask for anything special.
The Atlantic salmon dish with the "blini", or what looks like a pancake on the left was absolutely divine. I personally adore roe and when I saw the word "blini" on the menu, I immediately felt right at home because of my Eastern-European background. Prior to receiving the dish, my heart raced in fear that something else was meant by that word and that I had somehow misunderstood. I was not disappointed and needless to say, this dish was indeed very enjoyable.
The pasta had a genuine homemade feel to it, rather than a supermarket one which some "fine dining" restaurants tend to charge for. I absolutely adored the little mushrooms and their sauce. The cheese melted into the dish delightfully and despite being pasta, I felt quite light after eating it.
The duck had gorgeous creamed cabbage with it, which not only complemented it but actually enhanced its flavour. Some duck lovers will most likely be surprised to read this as they might feel that nothing can improve their favourite bird, but it happened.
For an extra $4, you can order a cheese plate, which is exactly what I did. The quince paste, cheeses and the lovely variety of crisp breads went down extremely well. I liked how the three cheeses were in contrast to each other in terms of texture, flavour and style. My personal favourite was the blue cheese, but it was in close competition with the brie.
Depicted above is the passionfruit crème brûlée, post crack. The passionfruit flavour infused so beautifully with the custard crème, that it was heavenly. Although it's perfect for a sweet tooth, it's also not overly sweetened for those who like a light dessert.
Pyrama demonstrated a unique modern Australian menu with a classical touch. The dishes were freshly prepared at a highly commendable pace and warm service was provided with a genuine smile. If you're on a mission to procure a fine meal in the city, you can't go past this gem. It had been a while since I truly felt I was getting my money's worth at a city restaurant, but Pyrama has successfully restored my faith in fine dining, and perhaps humanity too, given how great the service was. If you're in the city, spoil yourself and your loved ones – you will not regret it.