Matt Moran and Solotel unveil the spring menu by Executive Chef Thomas Gorringe, as Aria reopens. Continuing to build upon the lauded fine dining restaurant’s legacy of supporting Australian producers and suppliers, the menu will feature produce partners Maremma Free Range Duck, Pepe Saya, Moran Family Farm and Leeuwin Coast Oysters.
With a career that includes stints at Pier One’s hatted restaurant The Gantry, hatted Berrima restaurant Eschalot, Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Sydney’s OTTO and Bearfoot Bistro in Canada, Thomas has spent several years honing a paddock-to-plate approach to fine dining and a seasonal produce ethos that is present within his debut menu.
“I’m honoured to be joining the Aria team and debuting our new spring menu,” says Thomas. “We are privileged to be working with some of Australia’s greatest producers and suppliers, and this menu is a celebration of that. Matt and I share a passion for the land and our endemic ingredients and I think that is definitely something you can taste on the plate – from beautiful Aussie mangoes and mulberries to coral trout, Murray cod and kangaroo, it’s a taste of the land.”
Menu highlights include white asparagus with Jersey milk, sorrel & buckwheat; glazed Maremma duck, salsify, nectarines & chicory; steamed Murray cod, charred eggplant, baby corn & anchovy; torched bonito with Tasmanian wasabi, green strawberries & kombu; Moreton Bay bug with tamarind XO, macadamia & sugarloaf cabbage; lightly cured Paroo kangaroo, beetroot, mulberries & juniper; and mango, elderflower, white chocolate & coconut for dessert.
The new menu will be complemented by one of the most awarded wine lists in the country, showcasing the diverse range from smaller Australian winemakers with an emphasis on wines that speak to a sense of place, through to a reinvested passion for Burgundy to the already formidable offering. “The wine program is coming back with a vengeance after being kept quiet for so many months. The extra maturation period for the long-term cellar program is bringing another layer of depth out of the dark and onto the list,” says General Manager, Alex Kirkwood.
Aria is open Wednesday to Saturday for dinner, as well as for Friday lunch. Bookings available via ariasydney.com.au
1 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9240 2255
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