So about a week or so back, we were hitting Sydney for #sydneyisOpen – a day where various Sydney buildings are open to the public who opt to (we mean pay to) check out the city and its Architecture. The check in point was at the Museum of Sydney and we even stop and ordered a coffee from The Governors Table. So now we’re back for a look at their menu – and we discover a reworked venue that has been tuned and finessed to become a rather delightful restaurant dishing up some rather good eats. There’s a lot of sandstone and heritage to the building, and the furnishing is as described “rustic scandanvian”. Its intimate, service is great – with incredible food to boot. This gets a fave tagged on it for the merits it presents – being banqueted styled eats (check out the website as you can get an incredible feed for $60 or 80) depending on whether or not you can pull together a table for 10. The new trend for shared plates is also happening here and we love it.

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The Governors Table adjoins the MOS and resides under that canopy there.

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Inside, the venue is intimately lit and looks rather elegant with a mix of rustics and scandavian furniture. There’s modern touches like copper lamps and a private dining room which is all dark and intimate and surrounded by mirrors. We particularly liked the touches and accents of banksia flowers which add that understated statement – you are in Australia.

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The Governors Table has a bar (it is bar and dining after all) and both cocktails were nice – (L) passionfruit based (R) is a Governor’s Rum – a nice refreshing drink using Stolen Rum.

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There’s great wine to be had here – and tonight’s wines were all Australian as curated by sommelier Samantha Payne.

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A selection of shared dishes. There’s seared tuna, confit salmon and a really nice charred asparagus dish. Even as a standalone solo eat – the confit salmon plus asparagus would happily feed one. Terrific food with a confited Salmon that you could cut with your spoon.

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Sides include a pumpkin seed and baby cos salad and some rather nice hand cut potatoes.

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A selection of mains: gnocchi, barramundi, lamb backstrap and pork. Dishes look great and tasted superb too. These aren’t throw away pretty food. We’d be happy with any of the dishes here. The dishes are all modern and seasonal.

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(1. Peanut Butter Parfait, olive oil cake 2. White Chocolate cream, puffed black rice, mango and lime sorbet. 3. Dark chocolate & walnut brownie, toffee popcorn and caramel icecream. 4. Lemon Verbena burnt Custard with Fresh Berries)

After an impressive dinner, it comes as a surprise – it really did – that desserts managed to hold it own – being impressively technical and delightful. They’re also priced well. We’ve gone to lesser venues where your $15 gets you much much less impressive sweets. We believe you gotta send out any meal with great desserts and any of these would deliver. Particularly fond of the 2 and 3. In only because they were so rich and luxuriant.

It should be noted that we think that the banquet option is excellent value but even without, The Governor’s Table is an easy recommend. There’s a lot here to like, and you’ll very quickly notice that waitstaff is A+. This is all done fantastically well, head chef Andrew Barham and crew delivered. We’ll be back soon.

LINKS

Governor’s Table website
The Governor's Table on Urbanspoon

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