Especially when you cruise on a luxury cruise line (such as Silversea Cruises, who just announced their 2016 World Cruise) you can expect the very best in dining options. The cuisine onboard is truly outstanding. One of the best things about a world cruise, however, is that you get to experience world cuisine, as well, via the restaurants along the way.
On our world cruise, our very favorite restaurant was in Sydney, Australia. Called Rockpool, they recently relocated from years in The Rock to Bridge Street. This little jewel will stay on our short list and will be recommended to friends for years. The ambiance was cool and modern. The food ranged from drunken prawns with daikon soy and shiso to coconut braised oxtail with chicken parfait to sterling caviar, roasted south Australian lamb with Job’s tears, shitake, chili and black tea. Our dinner ended with the chocolate grand cru of valrhona with peanut butter and jelly. There is only one seating and you will enjoy eight appetizer tastings, plus, your main entrée’, delightful, local Australian wines. The cost was approximately $350 per couple.
While most of us would think twice about eating insects, one of Australia’s most sought-after is commonly known as a ”Bug.” Bugs are a type of fish similar to rock lobster and we also enjoyed this delicacy from the sea.
Another favorite was a cozy spot where we also dined called The Sydney Cafe. Don’t let the name fool you. It is far from a person’s normal idea of a cafe. We had reservations and had asked to be seated on the terrace. A breathtaking and beautiful view greeted us as we were overlooking the harbor. Very elegant, upscale and modern decor.
Another thing we liked about these restaurants is that we were able to walk to both from the pier. One was approximately ten minutes’ walk for lunch. Dinner, just over fifteen minutes and a very easy and pretty walk.