Our 11th anniversary was on the weekend and choosing a restaurant became hard. Out of the 9 we tried to book at 7 were fully booked and one was closed for the weekend as they were doing a wine night out at Logan winery at Mudgee. So it was to one of favourite(and regular) restaurants we decided to go. Rubyos in Newtown.

Since the last time we went the menu has changed (seasonality rules!!) and they have added a Celebration  Set Menu for $65. Of course we decided to go with it. As Rubyos is BYO we took a bottle of 1999 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon, we reckon it should have had about 3 hours decanting before we drank it. Next year we will try the remaining bottle.

Unfortunately no photos.

Sunday saw a beautiful blue sky for Sydney, so we walked down to The Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay. Haven’t been for over a year but the Maitre d’ remebered us(that is service!!).

Choosing the food was easy, the wine however was another matter. After long deliberation we decided on a glass of Henriot Brut Souverain to be followed with a bottle of  Jean Marc Brocard Chablis Premier Cru.

The champagne went with the oysters. We tried Moonlight En Surface, Sydney Rock from Pambula and Sydney Rock from Port Stephens. Not a big oyster eater but they were all delicious. (Sorry no pics)

I had roast loin and breast of lamb, spiced carrot puree, baby carrots and lentils. Rene had Mirror Dory, cauliflower puree, baby octopus, currants and capers.


No dessert as we had a craving for cheese. On this occasion we had Healey’s Pyengana cheddar(Australia), St Maure Caprifeuille(France) and Roquefort(Roquefort sur Soulzon(France). To go with the cheese we decided to try a glass of Banyuls. Neither of us have tried it before and it was actually the first time we have seen it by the glass in a Sydney restaurant. Smells sweet like port but surprisingly it isn’t overly sweet. Most salubrious!

Here are a few photos from inside and outside The Boathouse….


So a great anniversary weekend with lots of great food, wine and fun!