06 December 2009

Renate and Toby Wedding Reception: MCA, The Rocks, Sydney (6 Nov 2009)

Wedding: Illoura Reserve, Peacock Point, Balmain East NSW 2041
Reception: 140 George Street, The Rocks, Sydney NSW 2000

Fantastic views of the Harbour

Cloudy skies thankfully held tight for the wedding ceremony located at the beautiful Illoura Reserve in Balmain East. As guests waited for the arrival of the bride, the Peterson House Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2005 remained on standby chilling on ice awaiting the ensuing celebration. Guests were then provided available ferry transport from Balmain Wharf to Circular Quay where upon they made their way to the spectacular harbour views of the Level 6 Circular Quay Terrace at the MCA. A great spot to appreciate two of Sydney's most notable landmarks of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House as the sunset came to night.

Drinks and canapés were on offer as guests arrived which included a very refreshing Lychee, Ginger and Vodka Cocktail. The tasty Mini Taco filled with lime and chilli marinated scallops and guacamole was very yummy. Freshly barbecued skewers followed of chicken, kingfish and beef with my favourite being the grilled king prawns marinated in lime and lemongrass with nam jim dressing — I love my seafood! For those still hungry later in the night came individual servings of Lamb Tagine with Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables and Grilled Fish with Shallot Dumplings. Although I was making sure to keep enough stomach space available for the amazing and delicious looking Baby Tiramisu Wedding Cake for dessert which hit the sugar spot.

While dining and photographing the BBQ food on the terrace I bumped into the same chef who was working the previous week at the John Boston Premium Lager Launch in the Royal Botanic Gardens — I soon learnt Belinda Franks Catering looks after the catering for both of these venues amongst many others.

The wedding

The reception

The cake

The food
Lychee, ginger and vodka cocktail

Mini taco filled with lime and chilli marinated scallops and guacamole

Brioche with roast tomato and red wine butter

Peking duck in mandarin pancakes with cucumber, shallot and hoi sin sauce

Truffled mushroom pithiviers

Organic chicken with garlic and pepper with roast chilli dressing

Kingfish fillet with fresh lemon and olive oil

Grilled king prawns marinated in lime and lemongrass with nam jim dressing

Angus beef medallion wrapped in prosciutto with caramelised onions

Lamb tagine with roasted mediterranean vegetables and fragrant cous cous

Steamed reef fish with ginger and shallot dumplings in a mushroom broth

Italian meringue lemon curd tarts with honey glaze and gold leaf

Baby tiramisu

Terrace BBQ

In the kitchen

Wedding location


Betty @ The Hungry Girl said...

I always wondered what a wedding reception at the MCA would be like. Looks beautiful :)

isyaantonius said...

What a beautiful wedding with lots of good looking food, will try to make some of them for x'mas ; )

Simon Leong said...

hi betty, i've been to a function before there so i knew it was going to be cool. definitely a great place if you love the opera house and harbour bridge :-)

hi isyaantonius, hope they work out for your xmas. i've been inspired to do lots of skewered bbq treats for my next birthday i think :-)

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Wow 'tis the season for wedding receptions for you! A lovely, elegant setting for a wedding :)

Simon Leong said...

hi lorraine, it was a busy time for weddings, 3 weddings in 5 weeks. that's a record for me. i've always liked MCA as a venue and their art is cool too :-)

Spicy Sharon said...

Awesome pictures! WD =)
Cake Decor first of its kinda that i've seen!

Simon Leong said...

hi mizzsharon, the cake was definitely pretty unique and very tasty! thanks for the positive feedback and reading my blog :-)

penelop said...

Awesome Wedding Venue that i have seen , amazing place sydney very beautiful place.

Simon Leong said...

hi penelop, any harbour view venue on a great weather day is a winner in Sydney. so many to choose from isn't there :-)

Anonymous said...

Awesome food photography.

Simon Leong said...

hi Anonymous, you're too kind :-)

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