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Aqua Dining

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Corner of Paul and Northcliff Streets
Milsons Point NSW 2061
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Tel : +61 2 9964 9998
Fax : +61 2 9964 9098
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Chef
Chef: Anthony Redondi
Chef
Price Range: $$$
BYO
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
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Situated above North Sydney Olympic Pool, AQUA Dining is an elegant restaurant that offers one of the most impressive cityscape views in Sydney with views that sweep from Luna Park to the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Combined with its refined modern Australian menu, AQUA offers a quintessential Sydney dining experience.

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LOCATION
On the waterfront at Milsons Point, ten minutes from the CBD, across Sydney Harbour Bridge. Water taxi service available to wharf in front of restaurant.

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Some restaurants spend years investing their time and energy to be part of the exclusive chef hat club, while others prefer to devote their resources in keeping their customers happy, such is the case at Sydney’s Aqua Dining. The restaurant, which opened in 2000, is part of the AQUA Dining Group, owned by Bill Drakopoulos. As well as Aqua Dining, Drakopolous also owns the four restaurants that bear the “Ripples” moniker at striking waterside locations such as Milson’s Point, Chowder Bay, Sydney Wharf and Whale Beach.

Aqua Dining offers 180-degree water views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Photos just don’t do the vista at this restaurant justice. To one side, you can watch as fitness fanatics energetically swim lengths of North Sydney Olympic Swimming Pool. Or, for those who have forgotten to exercise that day and prefer to eat their meal and sip their wine guilt-free, guests can angle their seats out towards Sydney Harbour, where the Harbour Bridge and the iconic Sydney Opera House loom impressively overhead. Renovations by renowned architect Sidney Koh in 2011 have transformed the dining room into a fresh, uncluttered space with pearl white tables and chairs with natural beech framing. Drenched in natural light, with a relaxed and casual vibe, Aqua Dining combines everything that a waterside restaurant should.

Food is still the most important component in a meal out, of course, and Aqua Dining has that area covered, too. The 2011 renovations also instigated a new Italian-influenced menu under Executive chef Anthony Redondi. Before his time at Aqua Dining, Anthony was Head Chef at Trattoria La Vigna in Camden and prior to that, Executive Chef at the Stamford Hotel in Circular Quay. On the day we visited, Anthony had just returned from a two week trip to the United States where, together with Drakopolous, the duo explored new ideas for the restaurant and menu.

The effort that the Aqua team invests in ensuring that the restaurant stays at the cutting edge of the hospitality industry shows. From the $39 “White/Red Wine Flight” dining special to the restaurant’s sleek aesthetic, all elements of the Aqua experience have been well researched and professionally implemented.

Anna Lisle

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entrees

oven roasted quail breast with truffled polenta chips, brussel sprouts, pancetta | $26.00

seared scallops with rhubarb, orange & rosemary risotto | $27.00

king prawns with pomelo, pink grapefruit, petit bouche | $28.00

orecchiette with bangalow pork ragu, basil, parmigiano | $26.00


mains

silver dory with moreton bay bugs, fennel, cherry truss tomatoes, ligurian olives, baby capers | $37.00

cone bay barramundi with fregolone, porcini, lemon, rosemary | $38.00

junee lamb rack with jerusalem artichoke puree, balsamic onions, sicilian olives, pine nuts | $39.00

grainge 300 day grain fed angus beef with congo potatoes, roast fennel, jus | $43.00


desserts

tiramisu with coffee brandy sponge, mascarpone mousse, coffee gel, chocolate cinnamon soil, textures of pear | $15.00

passionfruit assiette with passionfruit financier, oat shortbread with passionfruit marshmallow, passionfruit macaroon, passionfruit ice cream, white chocolate & parsnip puree | $15.00

pb & j with peanut brulee, peanut sponge, roasted strawberry, strawberry jelly, toasted white chocolate mousse | $16.00

affogato with house made vanilla bean ice cream, espresso, frangelico | $19.00

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Aqua Dining - User Reviews

brooke baldwin:

I luckily had the chance to do one week of work experience through my school, I had the best time. EVERYTHING is freshly even their own pasta and bread. They are all excellent and talented chefs. Beautiful location.review  11/03/2012

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Restaurant Specials

July specials & events
Italian Regional Wine Dinner Wednesday, 23rd of July. Head Chef Davide Rebeccato will present a 5 course degustation menu inspired by his hometown, with matched Italian wines from the Veneto region. 7pm for 7.30pm sit down. 5-courses with matching wines. $140 per person. Bookings are essential

Fathers Day specials & events
LUNCH AT AQUA DINING 4 course degustation menu $109 pp, $149 with matched wines $49 Kids menu (under 12). Bookings from 11.30am. Bookings essential

Year round specials and events
Aqua Dining 2 course set lunch menu only $38 pp. Available Monday-Friday lunch. Set dessert is available for an extra $12.

Year round specials and events
BYO wine and champagne only on Saturday and Sunday lunch and Sunday dinner. Corkage of $12 per bottle applies.

Year round specials and events
WEEKEND DELIGHTS - ‘MENU FISSO’ 3 courses for $75. BYO wine & champagne. Saturday – Sunday Lunch, Sunday Dinner.



Restaurant Features
Accessible by water taxi
Award Winning/Hatted
Harbourside Dining
Outdoor Dining
Romantic/Intimate
Suitable for Groups of 10
Suitable for Weddings
Views
Waterside Dining


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