Walsh Bay Wonders

Walsh Bay is rapidly becoming the latest foodie super strip in Sydney city, but too many people still draw a blank!

Starting under the Harbour Bridge at Pier One and stretching around Hickson Road towards the Barangaroo Development, Walsh Bay seems to be Sydney’s best-kept waterfront secret.

For those in the know, Walsh Bay combines three elements perfectly; fine dining, quintessential waterfront views, and the arts.

For years Walsh Bay has been quietly building the most impressive arts precinct in Sydney, with Sydney Theatre Company, Sydney Dance Company, Bangarra Dance Company, Biennale of Sydney and many more calling it home.

Dining here you are spoilt for choice, and cuisine. Indonesian at Teras Bali, Middle Eastern at El Phoenician, Chinese at Lotus Dumpling Bar, Italian at Ventuno, and our current favourite, French at Dedes on the Wharf.

Dedes on the Wharf is located at the start of Pier 2, with the prime view of the water and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The restaurant space showcases the original piers, exposed wooden beams and high ceilings; floor to ceiling glass walls gives uninterrupted water views. The soft drop lighting rounds out the perfect venue for a romantic dinner, or for those lucky enough, an unforgettable wedding venue.

Sister restaurant to Flying Fish in Pyrmont, Dedes on the Wharf opened in late 2013 with a seafood menu, and late in 2014 changed to the modern French menu that ticks every box.

Starters have two great options, either share plates or entrees. The three share plates are charcuterie, fromage or fruits de mer (meat, cheese or fruits of the sea/seafood, which proves again everything sounds better in French). The highlights in the entrees are the steak tartare, chargrilled garlic king prawns and clams.

The main course menu showcases the best local produce with French and European flavours. Bouillabaisse, the southern French classic is top of the list, followed by Cassoulet with confit of duck and pork belly, mushroom risotto, cone bay Barramundi, seared ocean trout and many more.

The dessert list is just as mouthwatering with white chocolate terrine, sticky date pudding and affogato.

Throughout February and March on Wednesday to Sunday there is also the Gin Garden pop up bar on the wharf in front of the restaurant. Perfect for a pre and post theatre drink.

Walsh Bay is bound to become the next must visit location in Sydney, make sure you are the first of your friends to get down there and experience now what we’ll all be talking about soon.

Dedes on the Wharf, Pier 2, 13 Hickson Road, 
Walsh Bay, Sydney. 8488 6155.

By Tony Ilbery

 

 

 

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