Top 5 Guéridon
I like a bit of theatre with my food – and it doesn’t get much more theatrical than guéridon, the French art of finishing and plating dishes tableside! Crêpe Suzette comes immediately to mind, but there are many other possibilities as the below restaurants show. I’m pleased to see a bit of a guéridon renaissance in Sydney, at all levels of dining, and not just among the Frenchies.
Lucio’s Italian Restaurant Paddington
I love pesto’s vivid greenness and fresh flavour – but most of all I love it’s aroma, especially when the basil is gently crushed in a marble mortar right beside me and mixed with olive oil, garlic, pecorino and a drizzle of pasta cooking water, before being tossed through freshly-made pasta.
Bistro Guillaume Sydney
A great dessert trolley is a thing of beauty, as the waiter deftly assembles your bespoke selection of sweet treats. Good luck choosing between the likes of Guillaume Brahimi’s pistachio trifle, passionfruit crème brûlée, lemon tart, Paris-brest, chocolate & salt caramel tart, and vanilla mille-feuille.
Black-aproned waiters deftly silver serve zucchini flowers and other antipasto in this subterranean shrine to old-school Italian. But the real theatre is steak tartare mixed tableside to your specifications, a taste offered to ensure the seasoning is just right before it’s served with the ultimate indulgence – excellent hot chips!
The dishes in this bustling restaurant are a cut far above Sydney’s normal Tex-Mex offerings … but for me it’s all about the chunky, creamy, tangy guacamole mixed at the table in a stone mortar, served with plantain chips and so perfect with a margarita! And there’s a branch in Miranda.
Stepping out of the lifts into this cavernous dining room transports me to Hong Kong. I love the bustle of the yum cha trolleys but most of all I love the Peking duck carved and served tableside – crisp skin in thin warm pancakes with hoi sin and green onion, then meat as san choy bau in lettuce leaves. And the underground parking is an absolute bargain.