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Dinner at the Little Snail, Sydney


Christmas cheer @ The Little Snail

Where has the year gone? I can’t believe it’s December already. After a whirlwind trip back to Malaysia for a family event, the Happy Gwailo and I are settling in for the final push to the end of the year, starting with a long-delayed dinner at The Little Snail. We had originally made a booking for earlier in November, but then had to cancel. We totally forgot about the second booking, but the team at The Little Snail were kind enough to allow us to book for a third time, and this time, we actually made it.

The Little Snail is a French restaurant with an enviable location in Pyrmont, right on Sydney’s Darling Harbour. While the orientation of the restaurant means it doesn’t quite have harbour views, it does have some great floor to ceiling windows and a dramatic staircase in the middle of the restaurant.

Service at the Little Snail was amazing. We were seated promptly on the upper balcony when we arrived, and had our entrees served within 15 minutes of arrival. We had Groupon vouchers that allowed us to order from their 3-course set menu. For entrees, I had the escargot (it is a French restaurant, after all!) while he had the squid.


Escargots and calamari @ The Little Snail

The calamari was perfectly cooked – crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And for the escargots, the buttery garlic herb sauce is always the winner.


Escargots: after the fact

For mains, we chose the kangaroo fillet on mashed potatoes and the crispy skinned salmon on crab meat risotto.


Kangaroo fillet @ The Little Snail

The kangaroo was served rare on a bed of garlic mashed potatoes and sauteed spinach. The meat was perfectly cooked, but the winner was the tangy Dijon mustard and honey bordelaise sauce. The sauce was exquisite and really made the dish.


Crispy skinned salmon @ The Little Snail

The salmon had a perfectly crispy skin – something I’ve often tried to do at home, and failed miserably every time. It was served on a bed of risotto with crab meat and peas, with a vibrant orange roasted pepper coulis.


Sticky date pudding @ The Little Snail

For dessert, we had classics from Australia and France – the sticky date pudding and the creme caramel. The sticky date pudding came with a beautiful frilly “hat” of sugar, and was paired with a beautiful butterscotch and French vanilla ice cream.


Creme caramel @ The Little Snail

The creme caramel, while a classic, looked like the dowdy cousin in comparison, although it did taste really good.

Groupon vouchers can be hit and miss, but this experience was definitely a hit. The taste, texture and presentation of the meal was great, and even though it was a three-course meal, the portions were sized so that we didn’t feel overly full. We will be back.

Practical Information

The Little Snail

50 Murray St

Sydney NSW 2000

Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week

4 comments on “Dinner at the Little Snail, Sydney

  1. Mabel Kwong
    December 17, 2016

    What a combination, calamari and escargot. It does look like a very hearty meal. The kangaroo looks delicious too, and so does the salmon and crab. Though I must say I wouldn’t mind having more crab. But understandably it can be one of the more expensive seafoods 😀 The scoop of ice-cream looks about as big as the pudding. As an ice-cream lover, I approve of this. French cuisine is something I haven’t tried too often, but hopefully I will in the future.

    • Penne Cole
      December 18, 2016

      Portions were actually really good. I didn’t feel stuffed at the end, even after a three course meal.

      Haha you can never have too much ice cream!

  2. Timelesslady
    December 18, 2016

    This whole post made me very hungry!

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