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1821, Sydney

I’m not going to talk about the significance of 1821 in Greek history, sorry.  It’s on a plaque on a wall in the restaurant if you want to read it.  I am going to talk about the great food David Tsirekas and his team are producing in the kitchen.

Some of the menu at 1821 has carried through from his days many years ago at rustic Perama in Petersham (which I visited quite a few times), where getting a table became difficult once the world spread; it then appeared at fine-dining-doesn’t-work-in-Australian-shopping-centres Xanthi.  He’s had various pop ups and gigs after that, but is now hopefully permanently housed in the somewhat in your face on Pitt St frontage at 1821.   Do take some friends because there is a lot you’ll want to try and the larger plate sizes are quite generous, and so are the desserts.

There was for me just one miss on the menu, which was the Greek San Choy Bow we started with – smashed roasted tomato with herb and vegetable rice in iceberg lettuce.  It was a bit messy and sloppy to eat, missing that distinctive SCB lettuce crunch.  All I could think of was the  Katering Show’s “hot wet rice” (if you haven’t seen this, you must, its bloody hilarious).  But it was onwards and upwards from here.

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The wild greens and leek pie  in filo pastry on a bed  eggplant purée reminded me of his Perama triangle but even better – the lightest, flakiest filo and a delicious greens filing.

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In my view the Greeks are the kings of cooking octopus, and this bbq octopus dish was no exception.  Beautifully tender and served with pickled cucumber & cauliflower and some taramasalata

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I absolutely adored the prawn manti (egg pasta dumplings, carrot purée, feta, candied  walnuts, burnt butter currant dressing, fried mint  leaves) and would gladly eat a dish or two of these on my own.  So much flavour!  As my Greek friend with us said, “I have no idea what is Greek about this dish, but it’s damn good”.

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The sweet and savoury combination in the pork belly baklava is pulled off, and the crackling is extra crunchy

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As well as octopus, lamb is another protein where Greeks show culinary skill.  The bbq lamb shoulder is tender and tasty; it is generous enough for four to share if you are trying a few other dishes.

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The baklava ice cream I remembered well from Xanthi and we had to order it. Yum.  It is not as sweet as actual baklava and I love the crunch of the pistachio.

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The garden of aphrodite – a sheep yoghurt panna cotta with seasonal fruit – is pretty but I don’t love it.  It is served with pieces of walnut cake which I find a little dry.

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The real surprise comes with the custard filo pie.  It is to die for, I would love the recipe for this. I gather its a take on the Greek bougatsa.  Once again, incredible flaky filo and filled with a luscious creamy vanilla semolina.

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There is also a banquet menu available for groups.

1821, 122 Pitt St, Sydney, Ph +61 2 8080 7070
http://www.universalhotels.com.au/1821restaurant/

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The Banquet Edition – Sydney Restaurant Banquets

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I am often being asked – where can I take a group and get a banquet? I don’t mind banquets when you’re with a crowd (or I’ll very happily take charge of a la carte ordering for the group if given the leeway, as anyone who knows me will tell you), they are easy and no thinking required.  But sometimes there is that one dish (or two) on the a la carte menu that you really really want to try that isn’t a part of the set banquet.  I often find that if you call in advance and ask, a  lot of places are willing to make a substitution or two.

So here’s a roundup of banquets around Sydney, budget and luxe, please feel free to add any I have missed. Most of them need a minimum of 4 people, though some are for 10 plus groups. Also check carefully as some have a compulsory service charge for groups of a certain size.

Obviously Asian food wins hands down in this category, in terms of the number of options and price point, with Italian a close second. If you’d also like a private dining room, see my list here.

Italian

Ventuno, Walsh Bay – $25, $35 and $50 menus

ACME, Rushcutters Bay – $60 menu

Café Sopra, Waterloo – $70

La Casa, Russell Lea – $44, $54 and $69 menus

Gatto Matto, Five Dock – $43, $53, $62 menus

Terrazza, Chatswood – $40, $50 and $60 menus

Via Napoli, Lane Cove – $35 and $45 menus

Mercato E Cucina, Gladesville – $40, $50, $65, and $85 menus

Asian – Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Modern Asian

China Lane, Sydney CBD – $59 and $75 and $92 menus

Red Lantern, East Sydney and Surry Hills  – $69, $85 and $145 menus

Cho Cho San, Potts Point – $65 menu

Longrain, Surry Hills – $65

Billy Kwong, Potts Point – $75

Mr Wong, Sydney CBD – $68, $88, $118, and $148 menus

Golden Century, China Town and Pyrmont – $44, $55, $77, and $88 menus

Jade Temple, Sydney, $75 and $95 menus

Bar H, Surry Hills  – $79

Moon Park – $65 menu

Ms G’s, Potts Point – $65

Neptune’s Palace, Sydney CBD – $48, $68, and $88 and $108 menus

Spice Temple, Sydney CBD – $75 and $95 menus

The Malaya, Sydney CBD – $55 menu

Palace, Sydney CBD – $38, $52, $68, $108 menus

Blue Eye Dragon, Pyrmont – $50 and $60 menus

Chinta Ria, Sydney CBD – $36, $42, and $48 menus

Bay Tinh, Crows Nest – $35 and $39 menus

Thai Pothong, Newtown – $31, $37, $43 and $48 menus

Tapioca, Neutral Bay – $50 and $60 menus

Lotus Dumpling Bar, The Rocks – $49 and $59 menus

Chat Thai, Westfield Sydney – $35 and $40 menus

Mama’s Buoi, Crows Nest – $49 menu

Japanese

Sake, The Rocks – $88

Azuma, Sydney CBD – $68 and $88 menus

Tokonoma, Sydney CBD – $98 menu

Osaka Trading Co, Tramsheds – $50 menu

Toshiya, Cremorne – $39

Toko, Surry Hills – $78 and $98 menus

Jazushi, Surry Hills – $48 and $55 menus

Greek

The Apollo, Potts Point – $75

The Animal, Newtown – $50

1821, Sydney – $75 and $110

French

Felix, Sydney – $50 & $60 (two or three courses)

Hubert, Sydney – $85 and $125 menus

Bistro Gavroche – $75 menu

Middle Eastern

Lillah, Lane Cove – $40 and $50 menus

El Phoenician, The Rocks – $50, $56 and $69 menus

Kazbah, Balmain – $65

South American/Spanish/Tapas

Braza, Leicchardt, Darling Harbour –   $42 and $65 menus

Porteno, Surry Hills – $80

Gardel’s Bar, Surry Hills – $35 and $50 menus

Contrabando, Sydney – $28, $35, $44 and $50 menus

Tapavino, Sydney – $58 menu

Encasa, Lane Cove – $42, $46 and $55 menus

Other/Mod Oz

Bowery Lane, Sydney CBD – $55 and $65 menu

Chiswick, Woollahara – $75 menu

Firedoor, Surry Hills – $85 menu

Orto, Surry Hills – $65

Monopole, Potts point – $65

Nomad, Surry Hills – $65 menu

The Botanist, Kirribilli, $35 menu

Ester – $65 menu

Happy feasting!