Quarter Twenty One, Westfield Sydney

I really, really like the new Westfield Sydney.  I can forgive the months of ugly construction that it took to build the shopping centre.  But not because of the shops - instead, the charm of this Westfield comes from its food!

I have been slowly building up a post for the different things that I've tried in the food court. 

In the meantime, please enjoy this post about a recent lunch at Quarter Twenty One - one of Justin North's restaurants conveniently located on the same level as the food court. 

We arrived for a three-course Friday lunch, eager with anticipation to try this new place as none of us had been here before.  Although the restaurant is right next to the food court, it is a different world once you step inside.  The furnishings are plush and the noise levels inside are surprisingly quiet. 

We started off with some bread and a dollop of light, airy butter.

Then we selected two entrees to share.  It was difficult to pick just two because they all sounded so tempting!

Confit Petuna trout, bone marrow, broad bean persillade, leek & lemon pith puree ($26)

Tartare of beef with grilled toast, quail eggs & mustard ($12)

The plating of the Petuna trout reminds me of the plating style at Justin North's other restaurants.  So pretty, with a splash of colour on the plate.

Beef tartare never used to interest me in the past but it now catches my eye on any menu. This rendition was simple and tasty. The gooey centre of the quail egg didn't fail to disappoint.

Our waiter was extremely helpful and assisted us in choosing our mains.  Coincidentally, we each ended up with a main off the 'From the Oceans, Rivers & Lakes' portion of the menu!  Clearly he did a good job talking up Quarter 21's seafood dishes.

Roast skate wing, scallop and crab, stuffed courgette flower, fennel, noilly prat ($38)

Steamed Cone Bay barramundi

The next picture is my main - I'll admit that it looks just like a bowl of foam with some prawns peeking out but don't let that fool you.  Our waiter informed us that it is one of Quarter 21's most popular dishes - a light seafood broth that is filled with fresh seafood.  Of course I had to choose it and I wasn't disappointed - I had to ask for a spoon so that I could sip the delicious broth!

By now our stomachs were stuffed but it isn't a meal unless there is dessert!

Granny smith apple mille feuille, tea soaked grapes and brown butter ice cream ($16)

Souffle du jour ($17)

I was intrigued by the description of 'tea soaked grapes' with the mille feuille but the reality was a let down.  The taste of tea was a bit too subtle - they looked and tasted like prunes!  The mille feuille looked very pretty on the plate but I would have preferred a more traditional one i.e. with some creamy custard sandwiched instead of just apples because it was a bit dry.

Quarter Twenty One seems like another success story for Justin North.  The restaurant also offers cookery classes and sells a variety of products and cookbooks.  What more could you ask for?

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