Gastro Park, Kings Cross, Sydney

When the taxi stopped in this narrow, shady Kings Cross back street and the driver said that's the restaurant, I was surprised and not all that inclined to get out.

And I promise not to mention my first thoughts when I heard the name, Gastro Park, which is designed to evoke thoughts of a playground of good food.

But you can leave all doubts in the taxi because this a restaurant that will surprise and intrigue you.  
Gastro Park has been wowing Sydney-siders with with it's creative food since mid-2011.  It has a reputation for a focus on the delivery of quality, fresh and innovative dining with relaxed but attentive service.

Owner and chef, Grant King, is best known as head chef at seafood-specialised, fine-diner Pier in Rose Bay. When he swapped harbour views for people watching in Kings Cross, King also won a kitchen full of high-tech cooking toys which are essential tools for his fun, technically progressive food.

A drink at the sophisticated bar seemed the perfect solution as we waited for the rest of our party to arrive but it wasn't long until we were seated at a table in the oddly triangular shaped dining room.

First to arrive was bread and butter. A simple start but I have never tasted bread and butter so good. Just as well there was only a small serve.

From the snacks menu we ordered -

Soy & mustard glazed swordfish belly with pickled cucumber

Raw scallop, tuna bone marrow, lime, sea salt, olive oil, chives

From the entree menu -

Seared scallops, serrano ham, creme carrot, endive caramel, marcona almond

Liquid butternut gnocchi mushroom consomme

From the mains-

Crispy scaled snapper, smoked potato puree, calamari crackling, ink sauce

From the dessert menu -

Nitro pavlova, guava, pineapple coconut

Textures of rhubarb and citrus

Chocolate, honeycomb mandarin sphere, cookies and cream

Pain perdu, caramelised apple, balsamic ice cream

Bottom line: Gastro Park is a restaurant to savour.

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Disclaimer:  Eat,drink + be Kerry was the guest of Destination New South Wales