Lunch with Chris – Catalina – Rose Bay

Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay, Sydney

For this lunch with Chris, her birthday lunch, we tarted ourselves up and headed to the iconic fine dining establishment ... Catalina in Rose Bay. This is old stomping ground for Chris, she has been wine and dined here a great deal throughout her career as a Casting Agent. It was a first for me.

The Modern minimalist restaurant with its view to the harbour and the comings and goings of the seaplane port is a magnet to a very eclectic crowd. Behind us a couple of asian tourists ordered cocktails and half dozen oysters and instagramed their way through the afternoon (but who am I to talk) a few tables over a fever of developers plotted and dealed, a young couple celebrating something big and then a splattering of Eastern Suburbs matrons made up the room.

We settled in for the afternoon with three courses and a lovely bottle or Rosé.

Entree I had the Burrata, heirloom and organic tomatoes, pepitas, pine nuts, mustard leaves, white Balsamic vinegar, Chris had Pan seared sea scallops, sauntered squid, char-grilled went corn, chipotle, romesco crumb.

Mains I had the Crispy skin cone Bay Barramundi, tempura zucchini flower, prawn mousse, saffron Aroli, Auriga, Asparagus, sauce vierge Chris had ... Glacier 51 tooth fish, dutch carrots, caramelised daikon, Enoki, Shiitake mushroom dumpling dash consommé.

Desert, Birthday girl ... Passionfruit and white chocolate cheesecake fresh passionfruit. Moi Caramelised fig, bitter caramel mousse, brik pastry pistachio praline.

It was a delightful way to spend the afternoon. If you can get someone else to pick up the tab...

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