To be selected as the 27th best restaurant in the world by some very hard markers means you need to be pretty damn special. Only one Australian establishment made the 2011 S.Pellegrino list of the World’s Top 50 restaurants.
For what turned out to be a very special occasion, we were invited to eat there by our daughter, herself a cook of considerable repute.
Peter Gilmore’s Quay has a spectacular location on Sydney Harbour, looking across at the Opera House from a vantage point on the Overseas Passenger Terminal. Few restaurants in the world could match this setting.
Regular followers of this blog will know that Mevrouw T and I are not terribly familiar with fine dining. Though we were naturally curious to see what a serious chef does to distinguish himself from hundreds of thousands of others, leaving only 26 people in the world adjudged to be doing a better job.
That the food will be perfectly cooked and elegantly served is a given. Gilmore’s food is presented as edible works of art.
The very special surprise came as a celebrant popped out of the crowd and informed us all that that this was not the expected birthday luncheon, but a wedding. The bride quickly slipped into something less comfortable but spectacular, Mevrouw T and I were asked for our blessing, the deed was done, the stunned father of the bride had no time to prepare a speech but gave one all the same, and everybody was very happy.
Except perhaps Mr Gilmore the chef. His food never quite received the attention it deserved. We need to go back there some time.