In a lucky stroke of fate, Blythe and I were able to get a last minute booking to Altitude on a busy holiday season Saturday night. It meant dining at 6pm and leaving by 8.15pm but we didn’t mind, we were just glad to get a booking at a day’s notice. Blythe is leaving tomorrow for London so she wanted to make her last night in Sydney count food-wise. I can relate to that.
The view from the restaurant
In the lobby the Shangri-la hotel is full of people eager to get up to the 36th floor, including a large and seemingly already tipsy hen’s night party. Most turn left and go to the Blu Horizon’s bar. We turn right and go towards the calm serenity of the Altitude restaurant. Cream alicebanded staff in brown and black dresses take us to the table, as we’re the first, we take some pictures of the view before its obscured by diners. There’s a stunning direct view of the Opera House as well as the Harbour Bridge.
Blue cheese and sun dried tomato bread with herb butter and pink salt
We’re asking to break the rules here tonight, as I want to order the 7 course degustation menu $135 with extra cheese plate $15 while Blythe wants to order the 4 course menu $110. The kitchen recommend against this but as we are intending to do a plate swap for each dish, we don’t mind at all so they oblige. A waiter appears with a selection of bread: blue cheese, 11 grain or sun dried tomato. During the course of the night, we try all 3 types, the Milawa Blue cheese being the clear favourite for both of us. The table next to us clearly likes the bread too, continuously having their bread supply replenished much to the detriment of their appetite.
Amuse Bouche: Celeriac veloute with truffle oil
Blythe’s Amuse Bouche arrives, a celeriac veloute with white truffle oil. Its lovely, perfectly seasoned, rich and flavoursome. A perfect soup. I hold up the cup to my mouth to receive every drop.
Degustation item 1 : Herb crusted yellow fin tuna with blue swimmer crab
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