Dinner at Chophouse, Sydney

My choice of transportation in Sydney is ferry. 

I think it’s my love for boats and the gorgeous view of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

And maybe a little bit due to the fact that I was on my way to Chophouse, the Bridges family choice of restaurant that night. It’s not our first time. Or second. Or even third. So you know it has to be good.

It was our last night in Sydney, so the presence of cocktails were mandatory. Any excuse, really.

Natasha went with what looked like the most gorgeous Espresso Martini I’d seen. Is that honeycomb on top? Am I dreaming?

Stuart had a Black Russian. What a sophisticated gent. Isn’t he just growing up so fast?

I, on the other hand, had been eyeing up the Cab Sauv (that’s what us cool kids are calling it these days).

Keep pouring, honey.

The world is so funny. In Spain, you won’t see a single soul at dinner at 8pm (if the restaurants are even open) because that’s far too early, but in Australia barely anyone would sit down for a meal that late. In London that’s probably just about the right time for dinner.

But even if it was fairly early, the live music was playing, the drinks were flowing and the vibes were good (as it always is with the Bridges).

Bread was coming around the table, but I had my eyes on something bigger. Something better.

Or should I say several things (okay maybe not bigger than bread).

Once again, I had the role of ordering starters. Or should I say I had the role at telling the waiter exactly what Dad mentally wants me to order, without him telling me, but as his daughter having the duty to get it right first time. Fantastic.

I had to be sensible here and order what both sounded delicious and was easy to share. First was the Sizzling Spencer Gulf Prawns with Chilli, Coriander, Garlic Butter and Crispy Shallots.

Next, Maryland Crab Cakes – Blue Swimmer Crab, Potato & Citrus Cream. We’re big crab cake fans here.

Then there was the Flash Fried Prawns & Calamari with Aioli. If only there was a little more to go round! (Big calamari fans too up in here).

Dad was hesitant to order the Jamon Iberico with Aioli, Onion Jam and Croutons (quote “we’re not in Spain”) but my aunt Jackie reassured us that it was good.

You think just my family eats fast. The other side of the Bridges wolfs it down too. I’d feel sorry for any outsider eating with us all – they wouldn’t be able to stick their fork in! Sorry Boy, holidays will be fun, hey?

SO in both a pretty disgusting and impressive timing, the starters were gone and the mains appeared. Jackie and Natasha were splitting a Dry Aged Wagyu Burger with Cheddar, Grilled Onions, Aioli & BBQ Sauce on Brioche.

No, that wasn’t all. They’re Bridges too, remember?

They split the Crisp Pork Belly & Sea Scallop Salad too. It came with shredded wombok, coriander, pea shoots, tendrils and soba noodles with a mushroom vinaigrette. Yum. I want to make this baby at home!

Then the rest of the chops and meat came flying out…

Accompanied by a wee few sides, namely the Cauliflower Gratin with Gruyere, Parmesan & Sourdough.

Oh, and the Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup, Pancettta & Parmesan.

Not to mention a few more Shoestring Fries for the table… Then some Steamed Green Beans, you know, to be healthy. Let’s pretend that it’s not smothered in garlic butter.

Hold up – I haven’t even told you what I got around to eating yet!
Ming, Mum and I shared a special, a 1kg Pasture Fed T-Bone (800 without the bone) with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce. When I do meat, I do meat right. 

It was unbelievably good. Go big or go home at Chophouse, my friends.

Stuart went big, and had no problem digging for gold and finishing off the bone.

Going big also means another thing is mandatory – dessert. I didn’t think we could do it, yet we somehow always find a way.
Dad leaped at the chance to get his favourite – Chophouse Affogato, vanilla bean ice-cream in a martini glass with a shot of espresso and a shot of Frangelico on the side. 

Mix it uuuuppp.

Stuart ordered the Spiced Chocolate Pot with Churros, Whipped Cream and Chocolate Shavings. He made it very clear that this dish was for him.

You know when things just jump off the menu and shake you until you eat them up? That’s what happened with the Popcorn Brittle Semifreddo with Salted Caramel and Butter Popcorn. Yeah, I bet your mouth was filling with saliva as you read that.

Then to top it all off, you can’t leave without teas, coffees and a Chophouse Chocolate Block.

The flavours were different from last time… Before there was an amazing Cookies & Cream one and a couple of other beauties, but hey ho.

What they had this time was a 150g Honeycomb Milk Chocolate Block (yes please) and a 80g Red Velvet Dark Chocolate Block (yes please again).

Now who doesn’t have room for a little cube of greatness? Although they chopped them up in front of us, unlike last time where we could chop them up ourselves. So much more fun. I don’t even want to know why they stopped that though… 

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