Located in Pyrmont, just right outside Darling Harbour, the lively harbourside presents a perfect backdrop to the restaurant. We were lucky enough to be seated on the top floor, which had better window side views than the ground floor.
The dim lighting in The Little Snail set a calm, relaxing atmospheres for diners; however, it proved to be inferior as I attempted to photograph the food (as you will see). This is my apology in advance.
Our entree selections consisted of the Escargot de Bourgogne, which was a "dozen snails marinated in herb-infused court-bouillon, oven baked in garlic butter", and the Salmon Roulade, which was salmon "filled with light cream cheese, served with potato nest and passion fruit dressing".
Escargot de Bourgogne
The Escargot de Bourgogne was a delight to try, especially considering this was our first time having escargots! The only criticism I had was that I felt the actual snails lacked flavour. I'm not sure exactly how snails are cooked, but we could only taste the flavour of the marinated sauce when the bread was dipped in, not on the actual snails. Considering this is the restaurant's signature dish, I feel as if it was a poor effort.
The Salmon Roulade dish was simply devine. Perfectly cooked and presented, every bite of this was a lovely treat! The salmon was so tender, and wrapped so well that biting the salmon does not cause the whole wrap to fall apart! The crunchy potato nest on top had us in fits of excitement as it tasted so good! I am definitely recommending this dish!
Kangaroo Fillet, served "on garlic pommes purée with Dijon mustard and honey bordelaise sauce", and the Seafood Plate, consisting "of grilled salmon, garlic prawns, salt and pepper squid, chilli mussels, beer battered soft shell crab and mesclun salad", were our choices for the mains.
The Kangaroo Fillet was Trisha's choice, as someone had recommended it to her. We chose to have it rare, as recommended by the restaurant. Hands down the best kangaroo fillet I've ever had, this dish was absolutely amazing! Cooked brilliantly, it was soft and tender, and tasted fantastic! The sauce greatly complimented the fillet. Make sure you try this dish out - it's a must!
Unfortunately the Seafood Plate was a perfect example of how quantity does not equate to quality. The presentation of this impressively large dish had our hearts beating with eagerness. However, all positive comments about this dish ends there. Almost everything on it was boring, and I don't think it was even that fresh. You would get a better run for your money at any local fish and chip store. A great disappointment, be sure to avoid making the mistake of ordering this.
Thank goodness for desserts! Both our choices were so good, they made up for the disastrous Seafood Plate. We had the Warm Sticky Date Pudding "with butterscotch and vanilla ice cream", and the Banana Liqueur Crepe "filled with mascarpone and strawberry compote".
Warm Sticky Date Pudding
My favourite dessert out of the two, the Warm Sticky Date Pudding was a perfect creation. Soft, moist, and with the right amount of sweetness, the pudding was very tasty to have along with the ice-cream and the butterscotch. Each mouthful sent me to dessert heaven! Definitely have this - you will not regret it!
Banana Liqueur Crepe
While this couldn't quite match up to the Warm Sticky Date Pudding, The Banana Liqueur Crepe was another great dessert to have. From the top to the very bottom of this dessert, each spoonful was just delightful! Pressed against my tongue and palate, I actually closed my eyes at one point subconciously, because that's just how tasty it was!
If you're up for a fine dining experience, look no further than The Little Snail. At $59 for a three course dinner, it proves to be a fantastic experience to have, and will have you wanting to come back again soon!
The Little Snail50 Murray Street Pyrmont NSW 2000