24 October 2011

Flying Fish: Wine Selectors Marriage of Food & Wine Event, Pyrmont (6 Sept 2011)

19-21 Pirrama Road, Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont NSW 2009

Real wine, producers & regions

“There's a great wine for every occasion — it's all about epxloring, finding what you like and what suit the event. There's nothing worng with having an affordable bottle of Shiraz with your sausages on a Monday night”

Thanks to Carla Carafa from Keep Left PR for inviting me as a guest to this Wine Selectors event. It was an educational dinner where I discovered that even though there's over 3000 registered wineries in Australia probably half the volume of wine is bought from only 8 mega wine companies. Which apparently means the majority of the smaller wineries are never discovered by the general wine consumer that only visits places like Coles and Woolworths. I also learnt the supermarket giants actually own places like Dan Murphys, Cellarmasters, Vintage Cellars, 1st Choice Liquor Superstore and BWS which I always thought were independent — so sneaky. There's only a small number of independent wine cellars in Australia that help to sell a wider choice of wines to the consumer. I've noticed the Wine Selectors stands at airports and always thought they were just selling marked up wines to tourists that you could get cheaper in your local bottle shop but I know understand they're helping to sell wines from some of the smaller producers which you wouldn’t find in most liquor shops. They tell me their pricing guarantee matches what it would cost to buy directly from the winery so that's good to know as I hate paying more than I have to.

A selection of wines were matched with the Flying Fish dinner menu. Out of all the wines sampled the 2009 Coriole Vineyards Sangiovese Shiraz certainly had some ‘presence’ as it was described. The tiny Cornet of ocean trout tartare with chive crème fraiche ($5 each) was enjoyable and the Freshly shucked Sydney rock oyster with soy and ginger ($5 each) was pretty good but seemed to be missing a fair bit of its fresh brine I was hoping for. A nicely presented Roasted blue eye trevalla ($48) looked great and I really enjoyed the flavours of white anchovy & herb vinaigrette topping. For the hot chip fans the Flying fish hand cut chips with chili salt ($12) are definitely worth trying. Fair amount of noticeable spice but perhaps could have been a little more crunchier for my liking. Cabot cloth bound cheddar ($15, Individual portion 40 grams) seems to be popular these days in restaurants which had the right amount of bite. I really enjoyed the Delice de Bourgogne from France — more please. My Affogato with Frangelico ($19) comes at a steep price but worth it for a special occasion. Look out for the Ginger and cardamon chocolate petit four which was my favourite of the selection offered.

Check out Noodlies for some video footage of Chris Barnes explaining the wine selection

Other visits to Flying Fish:
2 Sept 2011 - Wine Selector Marriage of Food & Wine Event
2 March 2011 - #summermenu Tweetup and Blogging Event

PROS: Greater access to wines from different regions, Water views and glimpses, Nice decor, Interesting and well-presented dishes, Quality ingredients, Professional service, Private dining sections available
CONS: Expensive, Restaurant located a bit off the beaten track with limited free street parking for only limited time, I still don't like the toilet setup
WORTH TRYING: Cornet of ocean trout tartare, Hand cut chips, Affogato with Frangelico, Dishes that tickle your fancy, Delice de Bourgogne cheese, The Ginger and cardamon chocolate petit four

Acqua Panna mineral water, Prosecco di Valdobbiano Sorelle Bronca; 2005 Chrismont Riesling

2010 Dandelelion Vineyards Wonderland of the Eden Valley Riesling; 2010 Riposte by Tim Knappstein No 1 Pinot Noir

2008 Tarrawarra Estate Reserve Pinot Noir; 2009 Coriole Vineyards Sangiovese Shiraz

Girls and boys bomboniere

Cornet of ocean trout tartare with chive crème fraiche ($5 each)

Freshly shucked Sydney rock oyster with soy and ginger ($5 each) — missing a bit of the brine I was hoping for

Toasted brioche with duck rilletes and foie gras mousse ($5 each)

Garlic butter, plain butter with bread

Roasted blue eye trevalla with textures of potato, white anchovy & herb vinaigrette ($48) — nice condiment flavours

Flying fish offers a complimentary green leaf salad with main courses

Dutton park duck breast & confit leg pastilla with buckwheat, quince & pan juices ($47) — tender meat, nice flavours

Flying fish hand cut chips with chili salt ($12) — nice amount of spice although could be a little more crunchier for my liking

Cabot cloth bound cheddar, cow’s milk, Vermont, USA; Delice de Bourgogne, Burgundy, France ($15, Individual portion 40 grams)

Affogato with Frangelico ($19)

Petit fours — Mandarin and guava jelly, Passionfruit meringue really nice

Ginger and cardamon chocolate

Small camera, big camera

Chris Barnes explaining Wine Selectors

Open kitchen

Seating and bar upstairs, Goodie bag of wine, Selector magazine and Lindt caramel chocolate

Looking through the wooden decor

Table setting and wall feature

Nice little lantern lights

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excusemewaiter said...

love the sound of all your "worth trying" recommendations! especially those chips. the food is so beautifully presented too.

Simon Leong said...

hi excusemewaiter, hope you get to try one day. Be sure you're cashed up though :-)

muppy said...

we are having lunch at flying fish for our 10th wedding anniversary in december so i was so excited to see some photos. I can't wait, I have never eaten somewhere so special (or expensive!)....

Simon Leong said...

hi muppy, i hope you enjoy your meals. it's a pretty special place so i'm sure you'll have a great time :-)

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