This gold patterned little French hideaway on the sleepy streets of Neutral Bay is a hidden gem. In an age of share plates, it was nice to settle in for a three-course-meal of continental cuisine. I started with the delightful Chicken Liver Parfait ($16) with cherries, while my dining companion opted for Scallop and Crab Boudin Blanc ($18) – a kind of seafood sausage, served swimming in crab bisque and caviar, basically the south of France on a plate. For mains, we both went red, in wine with a lovely 2012 Lorgeril Pennautier Malbec ($12/$58), and in meat, with the Beef Wagyu Brisket Bourguignon ($32) with truffle mash and the Lamb Shoulder Rack ($30). Both dishes were exquisite, particularly the latter, for its eggplant ratatouille and chickpeas. When it came to dessert there was nothing we could do but divide and conquer – the Chocolate Fondant ($14) with hazelnuts and a tangy raspberry sorbet and the stunning piece of abstract art that is the Caramalised Banana Tarte Tatin ($14), made even more resplendent with dulce de leche and caramel ice-cream. Outside there are views of the harbour, but in here you could be tucked away in a little bistro in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.
Hayes Street Wharf Bistro
13 Hayes Street, Neutral Bay
Ph: (02) 9908 1133 hayesstwharfbistro.com.au