Between last-minute travel planning and intense Australian Open engagement, I didn't find out about Ephemeral City until three days before it was meant to be torn down.
Cue quick city trip to the still relatively quiet streets of Barangaroo with the little brother, and a detour through the Sydney Observatory area, where we discovered some cool tunnels and bridges. In the cavernous warehouse space of The Cutaway, there was a certain stateliness to the gigantic structures that should not come from cardboard and miles of tape.
A late lunch at Meat District Co. The truffle fries, with truffle oil, truffle parmesan and truffle aioli were very dense and maybe a tad too oily, but were also irresistible on a cold, rainy day for people who hadn't eaten since breakfast. The truffle taste can be quite pungent and confronting at first, but we quickly acclimatised. I was not a fan of the grilled watermelon salad - the 'grilling' was negligible and though I could see what they were going for with the feta, hazelnut and rocket pairing, it was presented in a way to just taste like someone had thrown some toppings on three slices of watermelon. Not a good way to combine the flavours. Also, a wooden board was absolutely the wrong way to serve this dish.