Darwin Blog

Wednesday, 2 January, 2008, 1:10 pm
Filed under: Best Kept Secrets - Sydney


It is such a pity that when this business card was scanned, the embossed part of the card was not captured.  But I am not going to talk about the business card, rather the yummy dining experience we enjoyed in March last year, on a late Sunday morning.

Icebergs came highly recommended by Rita and Donna, ex-Sydneysiders who now reside in Darwin.  In fact they assisted with a couple of the places we decided to eat at.

We booked in advance, well in advance in fact, long before we left Darwin.  One annoying fact about Sydney restaurants is that they feel the need to call you three or more times to confirm that you will be turning up for your booking.  Rita and Donna said there was a possibility that there might be some “famous” people dining on Sunday and we might get lucky in celebrity spotting.  Heads up – nothing, nanno on the day we went, but that was of no consequence.

Why?  Because the table they sat us had the most spectacular view and believe me if we were given daybeds to sit on, we would be serious squatters and still there.  To give you an idea of the views, see below.


 Now, seriously let’s talk about the food.  We ate well and as usual we got so excited about what we were ordering, we forgot to photograph some of the dishes we had.  We thought about asking other diners, but thought better of it.  To give you a run down:

Entree:  Crab, soft polenta, chilli, garlic and lemon; Risotto “Marchigiano”, slow braised veal, beef ragu, pecorino and “Stracciatella”, twice cooked chicken broth, zucchini blossoms, courvoisier – all the dishes were superb.


Main:  We were so engrossed in our dishes, we didn’t get photographs – I can vouch that each dish we ordered was exceptionally yummy.  Our order included Cotoletta and Spaghetti Vongole.

Desserts:  Hard to believe but we managed to have dessert and a cheese plate – see below. Burnt Caramel Icecream, Chocolate Savoiardi Biscuits, Saffron Fairy Floss and Double Chocolate Mouse with Icecream with Biscotti – very, very yummy.


The whole eat fest came to $317.90 and that included good wines to accompany our meal.

The only thing that did annoy me about Icebergs were the ridiculous “designer” white coats the wait staff wore.  If you want to wear white, then it must be immmaculately clean, something I would say is difficult to do when serving and clearing food.  The jackets did not look laundered at all, despite our waitperson inisting that they were.  The jackets were dirty and crumpled and in a little way was off putting considering that they are serving food.  Oh, considering the water shortage in Sydney, the automatic taps in bathroom stay on for way to long and I must admit, I must have seemed a bit of a country bumpkin trying to find out how to turn the tap off before realising it was automatic – how hard can it be to turn a tap off!

Highly recommend this as as a place top eat and relax on a Sunday when visiting Sydney.


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