A bit late writing this due to circumstances, but wanted to share our experience of undoubtedly the finest restaurant my wife and I have ever dined at. We had been staying at Mollymook and St. Isidore had been recommended by one of the staff. It was a Saturday night and originally intended to have a light meal elsewhere however found the place too crowded and noisy so decided to try this wonderful establishment believing we would be unlikely to get in due to the time of week. We were however, warmly invited in and seated in this quiet friendly setting by a very genuinely friendly polite young lady, who immediately provided cold fresh water and explained the menu, which at first I found a little daunting, not only due to the manner in which it was set out, but the type of food provided.
We come from the Sutherland Shire and have been used to a number of local restaurants particularly in Cronulla, which espouse 'fine dining' normally at quite a substantial price. All of these have in my opinion been somewhat of a disappointment although most have purported to provide extensive and varied menus.
Neither my wife and I are big eaters and generally prefer to indulge in either a main and sweets, or at times even just an entree and/or main. Nothing on the menu here was really familiar and I was a little apprehensive as it appeared that even ordering what seemed to be reasonably small portion meals was to be somewhat expensive. I have never minded paying a high cost for fine food, but as mentioned previously generally find the results disappointing.
This was MOST CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE HERE!!
My wife had the grilled octopus with lemon garlic and aoli then the salmon tartare whilst I had the babaganoush with pomegranate and pita then the pork belly and we had a side of leaves, radish and horseradish dressing. We then shared both the fried bananas 5 spice ice cream etc and the warm chocolate tart.
With the meal we had a glass each of the King Valley Pinot Grigio and our cold water was constantly replenished by our very kind and attentive waiter and the lady I later came to be aware was one of the owners.
As I have indicated none of these meals was very large, however as I constantly commented to those waiting upon us, each mouthful of every dish we ordered was the most DELIGHTFUL either of us had ever experienced. We are perhaps not the most accomplished diners, however I can state without doubt this was the most wonderful meal we have ever had in any restaurant throughout our years. I had no hesitation in extolling the virtues of the meal to those responsible as I believe one should do in the circumstances and had the pleasure of telling them that we had been looking forward to finding somewhere in Sydney to partake of a meal for our 42nd anniversary the following week, however could not expect to experience anything that could match our wonderful meal there and that we now had something very special to remember. I did not even take notice of the price of the dinner, although I new it would be quite expensive however can indicate that this was the first and only time I felt that regardless of the cost, the value was exemplary.
To add one other pleasant note, upon leaving and expressing our sincere thanks, the lady presented my wife and I with a bottle of the fine Pinot Grigio for our upcoming anniversary.
I can indicate that we drank it on the date in celebration not only of those years of marriage, but in gratitude for such a marvelous dining experience.
I can only recommend most emphatically this wonderful establishment and am looking forward to the time (hopefully in the not too distant future) that we can visit again.
The residents of the area are certainly lucky to have St. Isidore there - I just wish they could teach some others in our vicinity how to do it. Good luck to the owners and staff, you deserve all the accolades you get!!
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