I don't usually post about places we eat but Ritual Restaurant was so amazing, I have to share.
I am not posting photos of everything we ate, I am just trying to capture the essence of what you experience.
(please excuse my poor photography - i have very little experience in low lighting)
When we told our friends we were camping in the Port Stephens area (a couple of hours drive north of Sydney) they immediately recommended Ritual.
|Edible wall art.|
The whole evening is an intimate experience (seats 12 adults) where you are given the chance to taste flavour combinations and differing textures.
|Three types of house made sourdough (including sourdough pretzel) with flavoured butters.|
We are given so many 'tastes' of which all are delicious and interactive, they are interspersed between the four courses.
|Crispy artichoke that you fill by yourself with a 'toothpaste' tube of artichoke puree|
We were delighted that they shared so much with our two young children.
It was an amazing experience for the kids being able to enjoy and learn about so many different flavours and textures.
|Lip, Sip, Suck - Tequila cured scallop and pear, burnt butter scallop, lemon and agave scallop, ginger besan pyramids|
Prior to each course you are given a simple taste test of two distinct flavour combinations to decide on your dish.
It is a hint of what is to come, and we were not disappointed. All the food was cooked and flavoured perfectly.
Miss E licked her salt block clean.
|Tom Yum bomb- yes that is delicious broth inside a delicate skin.|
The Chef and wait staff are continually sharing with you, explaining all the dishes.
They have a fantastic food philosophy with a focus on local produce.
By the end of the evening you really appreciate the intimate setting.
|Spice it Up - five spice tea cake, peanut black sesame and honey dukkah, served with tamarind and cocoa stick (not pictured).|
Not to forget the matching drinks - wine, beer or tea.
I went for the tea and it was perfect, they worked so well, very refreshing and great for digestion of all the wonderful food.
|Decadent - dark and white chocolate with pink peppercorn and raspberry.|
I totally recommend dining at Ritual Restaurant.
It is an inspiring meal that we all enjoyed immensely.