My sister and I had travelled to Sydney on a weekend holiday and had decided to give Aria a try since it was very close to the Opera House. This restaurant is expensive (we paid about $100 each) and I believe some meals may not be to everyones taste. I would reserve this for a very special ocassion, as you get the beautiful views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House.
The service was friendly and attentive. I did not have to request my glass to be filled with water once. My sister, who went to the lavatory, had her serviette folded while she was gone. I was tempted to ask them to do mine too, the waitress was that quick and accurate at folding it. I was surprised the bathroom had cloth handtowels, which is not something I'm used to seeing at restuarants.
We were given complimentary sourdough sliced bread or bun with butter. I am not a fan of sourdough bread, but it was lovely with the shotglass potatoe and chives soup (also complimentary).
We both don't drink, so I cannot review the alcoholic list. There was the usual soft drinks and juice to choose from. I had the Peking duck consomm, which was nice. I didn't have the last 1/4 of it, as I would have preferred more dumplings to finish it off with. My favourite entree, which was chosen by my sister, was the pork belly with pickled watermelon. The combination, although wierd sounding on paper was delicious and if I wasn't saving room for the next courses I would have finished it off.
For the main I had the sirloin and my sister had the lamb. I preferred my sirloin, although both were cooked to moutwatering perfection. We only had to order one side of truffled mash potatoe, which was enough for 2 - 3 people. If my sister and I weren't getting so full we would have polished off the last couple of spoonfulls. We both thought it had to be loaded with butter and cream it was too good tasting.
For dessert my sister had pineapple sorbet bombe and vanilla icecream. I had the strawberries, sorebet and biscuit. Again both were delicious and the plates were empty of any last tasty morsel. At the end we were given complimentary petit fours, which I just about squeezed in. By the end we were both about bursting from all the deliccious food we had.