23 BARANGAROO AVE, BARANGAROO; 9220 0111 CIRRUSDINING.COM.AU
Fear rippled through Sydney when the Barangaroo complex was announced. Surely this was going to be an extension of Darling Harbour drawing in blissfully oblivious tourists for overpriced and underwhelming food?
But then Efendy’s Somer Sivrioglu brought in Anason; Melbourne’s Morgan McGlone took up shop with Belle’s Hot Chicken; Hamish Ingham expanded from Bar H to Banksii.And then there was Cirrus.We breathed a collective sigh of relief.
When chef Brent Savage and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt announced they were taking a spot at Barangaroo, there was no further doubt that this would be a dining destination worlds apart from the neighbouring strip locals love to hate. With Bentley, Yellow and Monopole firmly established in their stable, we were ready to book in.
A year on and the duo’s newest venue has reached such an outstanding level, it’s taken the gold for their group in the delicious. 100.
Sustainably sourced seafood is the focus and Savage lets the quality of his produce do the talking. Fish fingers hark back to childhood, but his grown-up version is paired with salted cucumber and preserved lemon. King prawns are doused in house-made XO sauce, while grilled marron is boosted by the Japanese condiment du jour yuzu kosho. A limited choice of red meat ensures die-hard carnivores aren’t disappointed.
Joint-owner Hildebrandt is one of Australia’s most awarded sommeliers and it’s no surprise to see an exciting, lengthy list that is built around Savage’s food.
It’s arguably the best location in the complex, all huge curved windows and natural light in the Pascale Gomes-McNabb-designed space, complemented by efficient but relaxed service that makes this a truly pleasant place to eat.
Clever dishes focusing on sustainability, a contemporary wine list and an inviting waterfront location: eating at Cirrus is living the dining dream.
■ Must-eat dish Roasted king prawns ■ Cuisine Seafood ■ Chef Brent Savage & Aiden Stevens ■ Price $$$ ■ Bookings Yes ■ Open Lunch & dinner daily ■ Instagram @cirrus_dining