Expectations were justifiably high when highly regarded Chef Joel Bickford joined Matt Moran’s flagship restaurant, ARIA, and he did not disappoint, with a menu direction reflecting both his personality and philosophy.
The service experience needs to be absolutely on point to match the level of culinary delivery, and the performance of the front of house team has never been sharper, ensuring the reputation of the brand is taken to a new level.
There’s always been a solid framework to ARIA’s menu, but one senses the brief is to extend that horizon further, with nuances of Asian flavours detected since the most recent change. The sublime texture of the hiramasa kingfish and the rich pork jowl is counterpointed nicely by the acidity in the dish, with white soy and shiso adding to the astute balance. The divine smoky Peking duck breast is enhanced by the nutty taste and texture of macadamias, while the wagyu short rib with black bean and miso also wows.
PSST! The close proximity to the Sydney Opera House makes the pre-theatre menu very attractive.