5.30pm, and the gates are opened!
The currency of Taste of Sydney is Crowns, where 1 Crown = $1.
Aria: Cured ocean trout with cucumber and horseradish - 10 crowns
Restaurant Balzac: Crispy wagyu beef with wild mushroom and truffle foam - 10 crowns
If you're wondering where the beef is, it's inside the 'spring roll' type thing. The pastry was super crunchy and the wagyu beef was nice and tender.
Restaurant Balzac: Saddle of suckling pig with garden peas and smoked bacon jus - 12 crowns
Assiette: Miso glazed Regal salmon with Japanese radish salad - 12 crowns
Berowra Waters Inn: Quail breast and truffled risotto croustillant - 12 crowns
Danks Street Depot: Organic chicken liver parfait with sweet vinegar raisins and dressed baby herbs - 10 crowns
Danks Street Depot: Beef ribs smoked in watermelon with a watermelon and avocado salad - 12 crowns
Bird Cow Fish: Braised Cape Grim beef cheek and glazed onion pie in a sour cream and puff pastry case; red wine veal jus - 12 crowns
This was my favourite dish of the evening, the pie crust was buttery and oh so flaky, and the beef was amazingly soft and fall-apart tender. The onions were sweet and the whole thing was just bursting with flavour. This is my kind of pie!
El Toro Loco: Paella a la Maestre - 10 crowns
This was cooked in the most gigantic paella pan I've ever seen! It had lots of seafood in it as well which was nice to see.
Guillaume at Bennelong: Wagyu beef daube with Paris mash - 12 crowns
This photo simply doesn't do the dish any justice. The hunk of meat was juicy and tender and hidden away at the bottom of the bowl was the silkiest, smoothest mash ever. And all the delicious sauce was being absorbed into the mash making it even more tasty.
Pilu at Freshwater: 'Zippulas' - Sardinian donuts with citrus sugar - 8 crowns
Jonah's at Whale Beach: Vanilla panna cotta with lavender honey and fresh pomegranate - 12 crowns
What is Taste of Sydney without sampling this jiggly little dude? Our boobie panna cotta was a droopy one but nevertheless tasty with the panna cotta being creamy and smooth and the little pops of tart pomegranate being a lovely surprise against the sweetness of the panna cotta. Not to mention it provided amusement for quite some time - if you don't know what I mean, then check this out.
A great day was spent with some awesome people sampling some delicious food from the best restaurants in Sydney. Great atmosphere, great food and great company - what more could you ask for?
Penguin says Feed Me attended Taste of Sydney courtesy of The Heart of Food and Planet Cake. All food and beverage was paid for by Penguin says Feed Me.