Itís not everyday one can dine with a view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the left, and a ferris wheel to the right. It is a unique advantage that The Deck at Milsons Point has over many prime real estate dining spots within Sydney.
Stunning million dollar harbour views
With kids walking around with giant stuffed toys three times their size and the shrieks of joy from the brightly lit rides - the reality of being at a bustling theme park hits in.
Ferris Wheel decorates the blue sky
The Deck entry
Walking into the sparse restaurant on a saturday afternoon, the atmosphere reminds me of a brassiere at a local coastal brassiere. The interior is an open layout enriched with timber decor and large windows to face the million dollar views.
The bright interior
Timber and sunlight
Greeted by the friendly maitre'd and then shown to a harbour view - table-classic designed menuís are presented with a drinks list. Upon opening the menu, I am surprised by the smaller option of meal options; in particular the entree and main selections.
The stylish menu
The drinks list is extensive, and in particular offering an abundance of global wines. There is a great range of classic varietals to choose from. I chose the French Hubert Brochard Le Chant Fleurs, 2012, Loire Valley ($9.5 a glass, $29.5 a bottle). A crisp and oaky drop that marries tastefully with oysters.
Crisp glass of white
After ordering my glass of wine and a bottle of sparkling water, there was about a 20-minute wait till the waiter came and took the meal orders. I was a bit surprised by this, given that there were about ten other diners in the premises. Unfortunately the sparkling water never made it to the table.
Entrees feature Oysters ($18 half dozen $34 dozen)-served natural or with champagne jelly. Celery and potato soup ($14), Grilled Octopus ($18), Confit Fennel and roast cherry tomato tart ($18) or Crumbed and fried pork cheeks ($18).
As a devoted oyster lover, I tried half a dozen of the oysters with champagne jelly. The oysters were creamy and fresh, tasting like the sea. The champagne jelly was stiff and very tart, and given my choice selection, again I would have preferred the oysters just al a natural.
Half dozen oysters
Oysters with Champagne jelly
The mains range from the Hot smoked Huon Valley Salmon ($32), Beef Tenderloin ($36), Pan fried Barramundi ($30), Twice cooked shoulder of lamb ($33), Fataya ($26) and Paella ($30per person, min two people).
I ordered the Hot smoked salmon with Horseradish Gratin, Asparagus and Tarragon Butter. The smokey infused flavour was evident throughout the salmon, giving it a delicious sensory layer. The gratin was layers of potatoes - but I could not taste one trace of horseradish which is a shame because I adore horseradish and was looking forward to combining it with the salmon.
Hot smoked Salmon
The Fataya was quiet small in it's serving size and tasted like a store bought pasty. There was a lack of oomph in flavours, and it was disappointing.
inside the Fataya
I wasnít really planning on having a dessert, and after the prior meals I had to politely decline the option.
As a dining experience, The Deck has one of the best views of Sydney. I just wished the menu was a little bit more extensive; the meal sizes more generous, and the ambience a bit more alive.
The bar over looking the water
Where: 1 Olympic Drive Milsons Point NSW.
Why: Stunning views, good for a wine and some oysters.
Cost: Entree's $18 and Mains $30
Monday - Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday - Thursday: 11am to 11pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am to late
Sunday: 11am to 9pm