There is very little negative to say about Marque, but they seem to lack a wow factor that would encourage us to return.
We attended for their Friday lunch menu (good value at $45 for three courses) with the intention of returning for dinner if suitably impressed.
Service was attentive, professional, but a little cold. Pacing was good, but, when taking account of the parties to our right and left, a little disorganised. We arrived second, received our starter second, then our main first and our dessert last. Not in relation to then we finished our courses either. The couple who arrived last actually left first.
Food was good, as you'd expect. The cuttlefish was well cooked and tasty, the lamb was beautiful (and complimented nicely by the eggplant and aubergine), and the "custard apple" was delicious. Nothing exciting or trend-setting, but good and as labelled.
The wine list offered enough choice for lunch and I enjoyed a glass of Rioja (tending towards young and fresh, as I've grown to expect from the import in Australia, rather than the heavily oaked reserve and gran reserve that I'm more accustomed to in Europe) and a nice Shiraz from Victoria. It was interesting that the waitress couldn't understand my asking for Syrah (as it's named on the menu), but instantly recognised Shiraz.
The decor was elegance exemplified. Plain white table-tops and un-fussy, but fine, cutlery and ceramics. I like their style and the contrast with the music (Oasis, Interpol, Fleet Foxes) was enjoyable.
On the whole we enjoyed our visit, but with the likes of Rockpool, Sepia, Quay, Four in Hand, and Movida still to visit (we've been in Sydney eight weeks) they didn't show enough over lunch to make us feel a return visit is necessary.
As a final note, when drinks were taken into account (including a compulsory $10 for, essentially, tap water) the value wasn't quite there ($200+ which entailed two Friday lunches, a side of potatoes, three glasses of red wine, one glass of champagne, and two glasses of tap water).
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