A lovely two course meal at Chiswick was the perfect escape from the hostile rain tapping on the windows. An almost-unique concept in Sydney dining, the Chiswick kitchen is faithfully served by a beautiful, on-site garden. Matt Moran has leveraged this to perfection, crafting beauty out of simplicity and creating an overall incredible dining experience.

Expectations were high, and our starter course, the prawn popcorn, did not disappoint. The spiced mayonnaise added an extra layer to the already full flavour to create a thoroughly enjoyable opening and set undertones for the rest of our experience to come. Upon a recommendation by the waitress, we also opted for the Cloudy Bay clam, with garlic and rosemary, which was similarly fantastic. The sauce in itself was to die for, and the food was beautifully plated.

Unfortunately, the quail ballotine that we followed up with was not of a similarly high standard. Tasting rather dry and lacking strong flavours, this was a rare anomaly in what was otherwise a perfect experience so far. Whatever sins the quail made however were more than forgiven once the char grilled pasture fed beef arrived. In what was possibly the best steak of my entire life, this course was an incredible experience from the first waft to the final bite. The mushrooms and watercress subtly yet effectively added to the overall taste – a true must order for everyone to visits Chiswick.

The restaurant itself is simply beautiful. Surrounded by luscious greens, we were fortunate enough to obtain a window seat looking out over the manicured gardens. The service itself is friendly and competent, whilst the wood-fire oven and relatively open kitchen creates a welcoming atmosphere.

Simply, a must-visit. The beautiful exterior evokes the powerful imagery of nature and one cannot help but be impressed by the wide range of incredible food options available. Matt Moran exquisitely brings simplicity back to the forefront of the modern Sydney diner. We will definitely be returning in the future, at a time sooner rather than later.

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