A tasty, good time
Relaxed and intimate with Darling Harbour views
It’s a Saturday lunch and noodlies, Sydney food blog is expecting the restaurant to be quiet, instead it’s busy with hotel guests (in intimate couples) and groups – an 18th birthday party in one corner and a Filipino community group celebration in another. Basking in Sydney sunlight, The Corn Exchange exudes relaxed comfort despite the crowd and manages to deliver an intimate experience despite its size.
Buffets provide an attractive alternative to a-la-carte restaurants when it comes to groups, there’s something for everyone, seafood, meat, fish, vegetarians, gluten free. It’s also a much more tactile, tailored and social experience – moving about the buffet, chatting about the food and tailoring the amount of sauce on a dish to suit your taste. Matched with Darling Harbour views and natural sunlight and I can see why The Corn Exchange is busy, even for Saturday lunch.
The Corn Exchange is a premium buffet experience, the ‘hero’ offering being an extensive selection of seafood. Executive Chef, Ambrose Andrews says seafood and desserts are their two key draw cards, Andrews says some 800 dozen oysters are consumed by hungry visitors each weekend.
The seafood experience is extends to the hot food section, today it’s perch in melon salsa showcases the clean, delicate pristine-white flesh wonderfully.
The carnivores in the group can enjoy the hearty goodness of hot pork roast generously coated with warm oozy gravy – a perfect winter warmer.
Dessert is a particular feature at The Corn Exchange, the dessert bar is the first thing that greets visitors; bite-sized deliciousness in a kaleidoscope of colours reminding you to save room for afters.
Noodlies’s favourite is the chunky shards of rocky road goodness – indulgent blocks of chocolate coated nougat, nuts and coconut.
Again, it’s good clean fun, below is noodlies’ tailored dessert platter, complete with colourful jelly beans and hundreds-and-thousands. And if you enjoy dessert nostalgia, Andrews is introducing a jaffa inspired dessert that includes dried-ice mandarins – see the noodlies featured video above for a tempting preview.
The Corn Exchange is a premium experience that’s also relaxed and fun. The magic of this place is it’s able to manage the contradictions; physically large and catering to groups, yet still intimate, premium yet still playful and fun, buffet selection that’s also a custom experience. And a mouth-watering choice of desserts – no contradictions here.
The Corn Exchange is the Four Points by Sheraton’s signature restaurant. Located on the city side of Darling Harbour, it’s minutes from the CBD, Chinatown and city shops. With 672 rooms, Four Points is Australia’s largest hotel, but you wouldn’t know it from it’s low-rise exterior or from its intimate and serene reception. Again, adeptly managing the contradictions.
The Corn Exchange
Four Points by Sheraton
161 Sussex St, Sydney
- Breakfast: 6:30 – 10:30am (Mon-Sat), 6.30 – 11am (Sun)
- Lunch: 12:00 – 2:30pm (Mon-Sat), 12:30pm – 2:30pm (Sun)
- Dinner: 6:00 – 10:30pm
15% discount for SPG members.
Bookings: (02) 9290 4000
This post is sponsored by SPG Restaurants and Bars program, noodlies received payment and complimentary food and beverage at The Corn Exchange restaurant, Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour. All opinions contained in this post are noodlies own and consistent with noodlies’ published editorial guidelines as outlined in noodlies code of ethics.