Baia The Italian: Honest Food, Extraordinary views

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WhatsApp Image 2019-12-30 at 7.08.35 PMAs far as destinations and ease for accomodating large groups, this place is a winner with several areas indoors, outdoors, sectioned booths and private dining rooms available for use.

The main sell here is location location location (Cockle Bay Wharf to be precise) and so it doesnt have to go to extremes when it comes to the menu and with it’s large foot traffic of tourists can get by serving crowd pleasers.

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$46 gets you the 350g grain fed New York  Sirloin served with sweet potato chips and Portobello mushroom and a gravy of your choice (red wine jus pictured here).   If you’re being charged that much for your cut of meat to be cooked to your preference, then that’s automatically a given.
The service staff are very accommodating  and personable and somehow a bottle of white ordered 5 minutes ago arrives before the red that was ordered almost 20 minutes ago.  It’s a group of 10 who are not the easiest to coordinate orders with, it’s peak Christmas dining season so there’s plenty of blame to go around.   Generally the synchronocity between our main service attendant and two others supporting our table work it like clockwork.
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$39 is within the average range of a Darling Harbour main, and here it gets you the Grilled barramundi served with pea-mint puree, potato gratin, fennel – broad beans  salad, crispy pancetta, and red vein sorrel leaves.

The wine selection ranges from $55-$170 a bottle.   It’s curated to complement the pastas, risotto, land and sea menu items.

Tiramisu and Pannacotta are done beautifully cementing the authority as an Italian restaurant destination this side of the harbour.   Desserts range from $14.50-$27.50.  A standout is the tuile basket which confuses the palette with a filling of balsamic caramel strawberries using their housemade mascarpone to neutralise the sour twang that coats the sweetness.

Great service personality and atmosphere attracting prime views of the harbour sunset.

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