A Mediterranean Escape on Cockle Bay Wharf

Café Del Mar is a Mediterranean restaurant located in Cockle Bay Wharf that is famous for their fresh seafood and tapas. They offer a fantastic view of Darling Harbour and the ambiance and décor reminds me is always alive and full of energy. We came here for dinner one warm summer night, keen to try their dishes.

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To start we ordered the Antipasto platter with Cured meats, chicken liver parfait, Maffra cheddar, Mon Pere brie, Berry’s Creek blue, grape chutney, salt-roast beetroot salad and brioche. I loved the variety on this platter, my favourite cheese was the brie, it was so creamy, while the cheddar was a nice classic hard cheese. The chicken liver parfait was smooth and rich and only a little was needed on top of the bread, and the grape chutney accompanied this quite well. We also tried the Grilled octopus, chilli, tomato, Spanish onion entrée. This was a simple but great seafood tapas dish, the octopus was fresh and I loved the salsa that went along with it.

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We ordered a few mains after. The first was my favourite, the Mediterranean pulled pork ravioli, burnt sage butter, tomato spring onion salsa, baby herbs. The pork here was well roasted with great marinated flavours while the ravioli was cooked al dente and the herbs added a great aroma.

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Next was the Charred chicken breast, chimichurri, blistered vine tomato, herb roasted potato, confit garlic, chicken jus dish. I loved this too, the chicken was so tender and juicy and the potatoes were well roasted, it was a healthy and simple main.

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Last was the Pan-fried salmon, clams, pancetta, Spanish onion, asparagus, saffron. This was a great seafood dish, the salmon was nice and oily and I enjoyed the flavour of the salty pancetta, which contrasted the clams and asparagus. The flavours were well balanced and there was lots of variety.

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We washed these down with the strawberry daiquiri and the mango margarita, we had a hard time choosing the drinks from their extensive wine and cocktails list but both were nice and sweet and perfect for summer.

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To finish we ordered their signature Golden moon dessert, which is truly a work of art. Hand-painted moon of house-made white chocolate, encased within is mascarpone cream, raspberry jelly, chocolate crumb, frozen with liquid nitrogen. I loved the creamy mascarpone, which was perfectly cut through by the tart flavour of the raspberry and crunchy chocolate crumb.

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After the dinner we decided to make the most of the warm summer nights and take a pedal boat ride on Darling Harbour to watch the sunset on the backdrop of the Sydney skyline. Perfect for a romantic date or some family fun, this experience runs until January 28th from 11am- 8:30pm daily and costs $30 for 30 minutes with each boat fitting two adults and two children.

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It was great fun to pedal around the harbour and see the buildings from a different perspective, plus the boats had cover on top so we were shielded from the hot summer sun. They are booked on a first come first serve basis and include a life jacket to keep everyone safe. I would highly recommend this experience, it makes me nostalgic for my childhood and just check out some of the great views we saw, from a different angle then you would normally from the land!

Love at First Bite dined as a guest of the establishment and / or their representatives. All opinions are my own.

Cafe Del Mar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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