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Dedes Restaurant: Seafood and Dessert Tasting

The call of dessert was difficult to ignore. Not even the advancing cloud or the intermittent rain could dampen the enthusiasm to drive across Sydney‘s inner west to Dedes Restaurant’s scenic position in Abbotsford.

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Dedes Desserts Event

Occupying a prime waterfront location at the tip of Great North Road, Dedes Restaurant sits atop the Sydney Rowing Club overlooking the tranquil waters of the Parramatta River.

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Dining room with water views

Part of the Dedes Group which includes Peter Kuruvita’s Flying Fish, Dedes Restaurant with its 200 seat capacity and panoramic views of Abbotsford Cove has the markings of contemporary dining in a relaxed atmosphere, a wedding reception venue and a space suited for special functions and private events.

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Late afternoon at Abbotsford Cove

The occasion was a food blogger event, a dessert tasting session organised by Denéa Buckingham of the Gourmet Rabbit. Restaurant Manager Kelly Payne welcomed our group of nine to Dedes, introduced Head Chef Luis Da Rosa to our table and offered a little explanation of every dish as it was presented. What was originally planned as a sweet tasting session turned into a leisurely afternoon with generous platters of hot and cold seafood that preceded desserts.

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Moet et Chandon and Wallis Lake Oysters

Starting with a glass of bubbles and oysters set the scene for an afternoon of seafood indulgence.

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Dedes Hot and Cold Seafood Platter

Making up the cold seafood platter were fresh oysters from Wallis Lake in NSW, Greek-style marinated octopus with cubes of feta and olives, smoked salmon with whole capers and large BBQ prawns.

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Angels on horseback (left) Scampi and Barramundi (right)

Vying for competition on the hot platter were grilled scampi and crayfish tails, succulent baked barramundi, salt and pepper calamari and  horseback prawns wrapped in crispy bacon, accompanied with thick hand-cut chips.

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2009 Watershed Unoaked Chardonnay, Seafood on a Plate, Chicory

Plates of cooked chicory and green beans dressed in oil and a squeeze of lemon juice added a touch of home cooking to the restaurant dining experience. The seafood feast went down very well with a crisp 2009 Watershed Unoaked Chardonnay from Margaret River.

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Late afternoon at Dedes Restaurant

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Dedes at Sunset

With the sun setting over the Parramatta River, pastry chef Jason Langhorne‘s dessert degustation took us on a sweet journey paired with a range of beverages.

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Strawberry crème brûlée and vanilla bean shortbread

The strawberry crème brûlée was served with a vanilla bean shortbread on top and paired with a glass of NV Moët et Chandon Champagne. Crème brûlée is the signature dessert in the Gourmantic kitchen and therefore not a dish I order in restaurants. As a purist, I prefer the classic vanilla bean to any creative combinations which makes reviewing this dessert a little biased.  While it may lack a little in presentation, the burnt sugar topping packed a good crunch, while the strawberry flavour did not overpower the creamy consistency.

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Chocolate truffle dacquoise, almond praline & Turkish delight ice cream

The chocolate truffle dacquoise with a crunchy almond praline was a chocolate lover’s treat topped with the delicate taste of Turkish Delight ice cream. Paired with a Frangelico Frappé served in a shot glass with shavings of ice, this was my favourite dessert, combining the flavours of chocolate with the nuttiness of the almond praline and Frangelico.

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Flourless citrus cake, lemon semi freddo and orange caramel

Citrusy, light and definitely moreish, the flourless citrus cake was served with a lemon semi freddo sitting on top of spun sugar and drizzled with an orange caramel sauce. This dish was well paired with a Piccolo Latte, Cinque Stelle Espresso by Vittoria. The coffee lacked the sharp bitterness that has me reaching for sugar and offered a good balance of sweetness between the dessert and the hot beverage.

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Baked rhubarb tart, cinnamon crumble and toffee apple ice cream

With a swan-like elegance, the baked rhubarb tart with cinnamon crumble and toffee apple ice cream was presented to our table. This dish took the humble stewed rhubarb and turned it into an elegant dessert that paired well with the robust NV Galway Pipe Port.

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Dessert Plate for Two

The Dessert Plate for Two showcased all four desserts, the ideal choice for diners who like a little of everything or who have trouble deciding how to indulge their sweet tooth.

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Petits fours

We finished with chocolate petit fours oozing with a rich, liquid centre.

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Piccolo Latte (left), Yaya’s homemade pumpkin pie in filo pastry (top right), Peppermint Tea (bottom right)

After the dessert feast, the peppermint tea was a welcome touch to aid digestion. Yaya’s homemade pumpkin pie exemplified the Dedes hospitality – a reminder of the family owned approach to business and the personal touch that was well appreciated by all.

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Yaya’s Home-Made Greek Easter Bread

A feature in many Greek and Christian Orthodox homes around Easter, Yaya’s home-made Easter bread with coloured Easter eggs provided a colourful centrepiece near the entrance to the restaurant.

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Food Bloggers at Work

The Dedes Desserts event was organised by Denéa of @gourmetrabbit and was attended by Sydney food bloggers @heneedsfood @spicyicecream @bonvivantblog @frombecca @simonleong @gastronomous_a and @mrgourmantic.

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Gourmantic attended the Dedes Desserts event on Sunday 10th April 2011 as media guests.

Dedes Restaurant
Sydney Rowing Club
613 Great North Road
Abbotsford NSW 2046


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About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.


  • Great review, the food looks amazing. Love the chicory and bean and Easter cake touch.

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    • Thank you! Lovely, isn’t it? These personal touches make such a difference!

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    • We were definitely spoilt on both counts – savoury and sweet! 🙂

      It was fun to photograph the food paparazzi. Unlike dining with friends who reach for their forks, everyone here reached for their cameras first!

  • Corinne – Great job on the photos – sweet, savory & of the spectacular view. I would like to beam myself over to Dedes right now for the hot & cold seafood platter and that chocolate truffle dacquoise – oh my!

  • What a perfectly heavenly thing to do! I love the sounds of that octopus with feta and olives. YUM! 🙂 Dessert sampling sounds like one of the best ideas ever. I’m currently sampling two different kinds of dark chocolate and enjoying myself immensely. 🙂

  • Wow! what a fabulous location with views over the river and that is before the food.
    I love this living vicariously and can’t wait to visit Dedes the seafood platter alone does it for me.
    A literal food feast from go to end. Keep the reviews coming.

    • It’s a stunning spot, just imagine it under blue skies! It’s hard to resist all that variety in the seafood, isn’t it… Glad you’re enjoying the reviews and thank you for the encouragement 🙂

  • Hi Mr and Ms Gourmantic,

    Thank you again for coming to our desserts (and seafood) afternoon – it was such a pleasure to have you.

    Your article is gorgeous and an excellent recap of the day – well done indeed!

    Hopefully if you ever fancy another trek to Abbotsford you’ll come and visit us, you didn’t even get to try the king salmon!

    Best, the Dedes Team

    • Thank you very much for your lovely comment! We had a fabulous time enjoying your generous hospitality and look forward to returning – the king salmon sounds way too tempting! 🙂

  • I went to Dedes last week for my 50th – we too had the seafood platter and the food was lovely – in particular loved the dessert tasting plate! Lovely spot to have a seafood meal! (shame it was raining when we went too!!!