Après

32 Orwell St Potts Point 2011
Phone : 93311889

http://www.apres.net.au/

Mr N had an overnight layover in Sydney on Australia Day Eve, so I took the opportunity to go up to Sydney (which, given the cost of flights these days, I really should do more often) and the chance to take him out for something of a fancy dinner. On short notice, restaurants like Aria and Tetsuya’s were booked out, and to be honest, those gastronomic heights I find a little dizzying, and don’t always enjoy them as much anyway.

Apres is a French restaurant set off the main drag of Darlinghurst Rd in Potts Point/King’s Cross. It’s stylish, and reasonably intimate – though when I visit again, I’ll be sure to try to book one of the booths. The staff were warm and friendly, unobtrusive yet most helpful when it came to wine selection. As good staff should be!

We were presented with an amuse bouche of escargot sauteed in garlic butter (I forgot to take a photo, so here’s a photo of the garlic butter…). I like escargot, but I don’t see what the fuss is about. Oh, and they had a little grit in them. A somewhat iffy start.


For entree, Mr N had the twice-cooked goat’s cheese souffle, which he was very happy with, and which looked appropriately cheesy.


I had the freshly shucked ‘local’ oysters with a red onion (I think? the night became a little hazy later on) vinaigrette, at the maitre’d’s suggestion. They were very fresh, although I think I would have preferred lemon and pepper to the vinaigrette. That’s probably just my taste.


For mains, I had the wagyu rump steak (rare, of course) which was delicious, and cooked to perfection. For $33, I don’t think I’ve ever had a better steak. Ridiculously good value, given it was a massive 300g slab of steer, too!


Mr N had the Poisson du Jour, which was a grilled Atlantic salmon. Again, cooked to perfection.

We had a bottle of French (Kietsfeldt? I can’t remember, which is a shame, because it’s worth revisiting) Pinot Gris which was wonderfully fragrant, that had the slight honeyish taste I love about Pinot Gris, but was not too sweet.

For the quality of the food and the excellent service, we found Apres to be amazingly good value, and I’m sure we’ll be back again next time we’re in Sydney.

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