>> July 31, 2013
I had been scouting for a restaurant worthy of a special occasion dinner and was coming up empty handed. After a lot of browsing and googling, my friend and I decided to try Bentley in Surry Hills. With two Chef's Hats and a long list of awards listed on Bentley's website, my expectations were high - and how could it go wrong?
I made a reservation online for a Friday night dinner and Bentley called to double confirm on the day of booking.
When we got there, the staff were very welcoming and the restaurant was quite full. It was very, very dark inside - I am not a fan of restaurants with such extreme darkness. It means you can't see the food! I want to be able to see what I'm eating - especially if I'm paying for a high end meal. As it was, I had to use the camera flash to take these photos and after taking each one, squinted at the screen to see what the dish looked like. And a few times, my first picture was completely off centre because I missed half the plate. Dislike dark restaurants!
We decided to try the $120 Retrospective Tasting Menu which featured dishes from Bentley's past. We started off with some drinks (not included in set menu price) and sourdough bread.
Blue Eye Trevalla
Spiced Heirloom Carrot
Overall, we both found the meal to be hugely disappointing. None of the dishes blew us away and it was like we kept waiting for the next dish to be spectacular. Were my tastebuds off on this night? Why was everything so bland? Bentley has amazing reviews so I felt like I missed out on a great dining experience.
Having said that, the staff were really friendly and efficient.