The story began after we left Beresford Hotel where we hung out waiting for our 8.30pm reservations. Sydney has become this place where if you are a big group, you simply can't expect to be seated at a decent hour for a meal.
We got given fried bread, a 'bad chef' kinda dish where it tastes so good but is probably so bad for your heart.
|Miso Smoked Salmon|
Lemon Curd and Fennel Bread
I really wanted to try this dish when I first saw it on the menu and was so glad it was part of the collective plates tonight. Whilst the miso flavor was too subtle for us to pick up, it was such a delicious dish, we didn't complain.
|Ham Hock Terrine |
Crumbed Pigs Ears and Apple Sauce
When Pig Ears are crumbed, even little children will eat them, its just that yummy. I'd eat pig ears uncrumbed anyways for the record.
|Chicken Wing |
Parfait, Crispy Tortilla and Apple Chutney
The Parfait was overpowering. Good if you like your pates, but if you didn't, best to eat the thoughtfully deboned wing without the parfait.
|Whole Stuffed Rainbow Trout|
On to the mains, excellently paired with our NZ Reisling Pinot Gris Gewurtztraminer, the sweetest, most complex wine I'd ever selected. The trout was slightly overcooked on some ends, but moist still in the middle choice parts. The lentils stuffing was excellent, and I think if one was pregnant, this would be the perfect sorta dish to make every night.
|Fennel and Orange Salad|
|Roast Pork with Apple|
Colcannon and Pickled Cabbage
|Mixed Grain Salad|
|White Chocolate Sandwich|
Dulce de Leche
And just like that, we ended our dinner with Colin Fassnidge. No really, he was sitting at the table right next to us. Thank goodness for Masterchef, we now know the face of the people who cook our fancy meals and can recognise them when they are dining amongst us.
The service of the place was very friendly and professional, and the restaurant is one of those dimlight, noisy chatter place with an open kitchen in the corner. I know my iPhone pics don't do the pics any justice. And my throbbing head this morning from all the wine I'd consumed doesn't help me revive the memory beyond the purple haze my iphone is showing me, but I knew it was good. Very good and we all happily paid our $85 each with no complaints and went home haply ever aft.
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