Sumac – my graduation dinner
Tenancy 15, Shed 9 Central Pier
161 Harbour Esplanade
03 8623 9600
Being in the process of organisation for many months now, it is finally here – our graduation dinner! This will mark the end of 6 years of arduous studying, and symbolise the start of a new journey – hopefully one that is very fulfilling and rewarding.
Perched at the harbour edge on Central Pier, a once dilapidated cargo shed building, sumac’s exterior function area now provides sweeping views of the harbour and cityscape whilst we sipped on our ‘pre-dinner’ drinks – what a sure way to get ‘happy’ in the early evening. After some delectable canapés, we were shuffled into our function hall inside. The internal décor is one of dark-moody ambience, with metallic latticework and Moroccan hanging lamps that cling to sky-high ceilings. The rich blushes of colour draw inspiration from the Sumac’s menus which are gently spiced with Middle Eastern and Moroccan flavours.
Note: given this isn’t a restaurant per se; this review won’t have my usual lengthy critique, rather a photo gallery with my overall impression at the end.
Fattoush salad with sumac dusted chicken breast – tender meat with ‘subtle’ hints of spice.
Vegetarian alternative – can someone fill me in what this was? lasagna?
Daube of beef with fondant potato, rich jus and crispy winter vegetable salad – well braised beef that easily fell apart on the palate.
The main were served with sides of Fresh garden sald balsamic vinaigrette, & Seasonal steamed vegetables (broccoli and pine nuts).
Lemon tart served with orange sauce, double cream and candied lemon – refreshingly tart.
Vegetarian alternative (i think) – again can someone fill me in on this one? sorbet?
Rating: Yummy – decent bistro-style food. Personally, the Moroccan influence is too subtle and a little questionable for me. My overall impression was quite positive with meats being cooked nicely retaining its succulence and juice, seasoning was flavoursome (although at times a tad salty) and service was fairly efficient despite the obstacles – all of us congregating in huge groups to take photos sure formed huge barricades. No doubt pretty reasonable quality control given it is a mass production line for 100+ people, and is arguably one of the better catered events I have attended.
A lot of time and effort has gone into the organisation of this lovely event, so many many thanks to the Graduation Dinner committee for all the hard work!
[A few of the ‘decor’ photos above, have been taken from the sumac website as an alternative to posting all the attendees faces all over my blog =P]