Not many Australian restaurants can claim establishment in 1788.
On the foundations of Australia’s first Government House lies Sydney Museum’s “new” offering; The Governor’s Table.
Diners are guaranteed to enjoy the rich history of the restaurant’s colonial foundation throughout their dining experience.
You can imagine Captain Arthur Phillips, Sydney’s first governor, seated comfortably at the head of the French oak table. Illuminated by candlelight and decorated with native Australian flora, the 16 seat ‘Governors Table’ can be reserved for intimate banquets and special celebrations.
Historical commitment goes beyond the décor to the palate. The menu captures colonial Australian themes offering seared kangaroo served with pickled baby beetroots ($24) as well as duck liver parfait with peach butter ($19) and smoked trout, preserved lemon, and asparagus ($22).
The pioneering spirit of the original settlers is celebrated by a contemporary twist on local and seasonal produce. The blood orange curd is the perfect biting accompaniment to the incredibly delicate confit salmon ($22). The lavender essence infused pork ($36) suits a side order of firm green beans drizzled with almond butter ($10).
The heritage theme similarly translates to the wine list. Australia’s first vines were planted in the Governor’s gardens located just a stone’s throw away, on the site of Sydney Botanical Gardens. The balance of sweet and tart offered by the Nick O’Leary 2013 Riesling ($13 glass) is among the NSW highlights.
To round off the evening, indulge in a dark chocolate brownie with toffee popcorn ($15) or a lighter offering of lime sorbet served with puffed black rise and white chocolate cream ($15).
The Governors Table should be commended for effortlessly reinventing a history of Australian food culture that moves beyond meat pies, lamingtons and a lamb roast. If you’re in the mood for an evening of fine service, meticulous presentation and incredible flavours, call upon your most dignified guests and reserve the “Governors Table”. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Phone +61 (0)2 9241 1788 http://www.thegovernorstable.com.au/ Monday – Friday 7.30am – late Saturday 8.30am – late Sunday 9.30am – 5pm