Some nights you just feel like an easy, tasty dinner down at your local rather than venturing too far from home and this is where Sub’on comes in for those living on the lower North Shore – a modern Australian restaurant which serves up some interesting fusion flavours from its perch above the main shopping strip of Hunter’s Hill.
We started off our dinner on the al fresco dining area overlooking the street on a balmy summer’s evening, enjoying the flavoursome Chilli Garlic Clams served in a cute miniature red pot with savoury hits of chorizo and a pangrattato crumb, along with the oversized Canadian Scallop which was paired with an intriguing carrot and gin puree and more chorizo in the form of a tasty jam.
Chilli Garlic Clams, $18
Canadian Scallop, $18
For mains, we ended up getting the Fish of the Day which was a perfectly cooked barramundi served with a refreshing green apple and fennel salad that was fantastic in the summer heat.
Fish of the Day, $33
The Tajima Wagyu Cube Roll matched with basil tomato ragu and broccolini was obviously a heavier option on the mains considering the weather, but no regrets at all from us as we enjoyed the buttery tenderness that comes with a marble score of 7+.
Tajima Wagyu Cube Roll, $46
We also loved the White Truffle and Wild Mushroom Risotto which had a lovely creaminess with hints of the distinctive aroma of truffle rather than being too overpowering.
White Truffle and Wild Mushroom Risotto, $29
To finish our meal on a sweet note, we went with a Belgian Dark Chocolate Tart which was had us raving about the premium chocolate used to create a delectably smooth filling mixed with Bailey’s cream and fresh berries. Starting with the tart for dessert was a mistake as the Hot Mangonana paled in comparison – although it had originally sounded like an interesting combo from its menu description with caramelised mango and brandy battered banana flambe.
Belgian Dark Chocolate Tart, $15
Hot Mangonana, $16
Our verdict is that Sub’on is a quiet achiever of a restaurant, following a simple philosophy of quality ingredients executed with class by the owner-chef who has worked in some of Sydney’s most prestigious kitchens including Aria. We will be back to try out more of their extensive menu whenever we feel like treating ourselves to a nice meal in the local area.
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of Sub’on
57A Gladesville Road, Hunters Hill NSW 2110
Phone: (02) 8057 8879