The Emporium in Parramatta is a dining spot unlike any other in the area. It’s a bar, restaurant and café all in one with gorgeous curb side tables and an indoor dining space with an alfresco feel. It immediately transports you from the hustle and bustle of down town Parramatta, to a sophisticated European food and drink sanctuary. The refined share plates, glorious cocktails and fine wines are perfect for a date night, dinner with friends or enjoying a celebration with family. I’ve dined at The Emporium a few times now, but most recently visited for the launch of their March long festival, Under the Parra Sun.

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Under the Parra Sun is (1 to 31 March 2017) is a celebration of Parramatta’s love of good food and drink. The line-up of events includes:

  • Sip & Sketch, an art masterclass, paired with wine and snacks (7 March 2017, 7pm to 8.30pm, $70pp)
  • Sunday Night Live, live musicians (5 & 19 March 2017, from 4.30pm, free)
  • What The Duck?, a duck masterclass which includes demos, canapés, 3 courses and wines (16 March 2017, 6.30pm to 9.30pm, $110pp)
  • Australian Glass, a wine tasting session (29 March 2017, 7.00pm to 9.00pm, $70pp)

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There is also a special menu available throughout the Under the Parra Sun festival. It’s a two course meal with a matching wine for $45 per person. We tasted dishes available from the menu and they were all phenomenal.

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Tempura Zucchini Flowers with a creamy, salty cheese stuffing, is complemented by house pickled zucchinis.

Wagyu Beef Tartare is a delicate take on what can sometimes be an intimidating dish.

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Garlic & Chilli Yamba Prawns are served with bok choy in a flavoursome broth. The only thing we were missing was some bread to soak up all those juices.

Green Peas Risotto is a surprisingly light and fresh dish. The hazelnuts and goats cheese complement the sweet peas so nicely and provide a lovely contrasting texture to the rice.

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Pickled Butterfly Sardines is another light dish with a beautiful zesty but mild fennel salad.

Duck Rillettes is a chic dish of shredded duck served with sourdough crostinis and pickeled beetroot. The rich flavour of the duck, with the earthy beetroot and crusty, toasted bread is a match made in heaven. We have never experienced duck like this before and it was just superb. If this dish is anything to go by, the What The Duck? evening will be a cracker.

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Duck Ragout is another delicious duck dish. The ragout is served with freshly made pappardelle pasta and parmesan. It is another rich dish and would be perfect with a nice glass of red.

Sweet Soy Split Pork Ribs is hearty dish of tender meat in a mouthwatering sauce.

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The Under the Parra Sun festival menu also has three cocktails available for $12 each: Lychee Martini, Velvet Boisson and Watermelon Mojito. All three look beautiful and taste deliciously fruity, which is particularly dangerous as you’ll want to keep ordering more like we did! I enjoyed tasting these so much that I revisited the Emporium the following weekend with my friends to have them again.

While the Under the Parra Sun festival is on all March (2017) The Emporium is well worth a visit any time of the year for a memorable meal, or even just a cocktail, wine or coffee. We will certainly be back very soon.

The Emporium

Location: 51 Phillip Street Parramatta
Hours: 7am - 12am Monday - Friday, 8.30 to 12am Weekends
Phone: (02) 687 1955
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Disclaimer: Western Sydney Food Blog were guests of The Emporium and Papaya PR