Nithik’s Kitchen, Rozelle, Wednesday 2 April 2014

April’s lunch was a taste of authentic Southern Indian cooking and what a treat Nithik’s Kitchen provided to the ladies.
All comments for this restaurant were very favourable and the food received outstanding reviews.

Menu being :
On arrival refreshing Cranberry, Ginger & Mint drink
Entrée :
Tree of Taste – an introduction to six ‘rasas’ (tastes).
A creative dish of sweet, salt, sour, astringent, bitter and pungent tastes.
Mains :
Urulai Patani Kozhi Kuruma – chicken stewed in cashew, poppy and green chilli gravy with potato and peas.
Kola Urunadai Kolumbu
Lamb kofta simmered in coconut and cashew gravy served with authentic Burmese rice ‘Vella kaurini arisi” and pickle.
Tai Pongal Kara Kolumbu
A pongal festival dish prepared at harvesting time. A melange of nine country vegetables simmered in spicy, sweet and tangy gravy
To accompany :
Steamed rice, pulav, chapathi, assorted chutneys
Dessert :
“Orange” – a Kulfi Indian ice cream treat
Wines :
2013 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling
2011 Gramps Shiraz
Coffee or Masala Chai
All of the food rated either good or excellent and it was felt the menu was a wonderful mix of flavours,
especially the Tree of Taste where it was interesting to recognise all the ingredients involved.
Also great to work out the nine vegetables in the Tai Pongal Kara Kolumbu
Nithik’s was a good return to the original concept of learning about the origin of ingredients and tradition of food.
It was recognised the wines were hard to match with Indian food.
The service of the restaurant was friendly and helpful.

The next lunch will the at Garfish, Manly on Wednesday 7 May

This entry was posted on April 13, 2014.

Public Dining Room Restaurant, Balmoral Beach, Wednesday 5 March 2014

Sydney weather turned on a wonderful sunny day for the ladies to have the March lunch in a restaurant right on the beach. This set the vibe for the day of great happy conversation and robust discussion on the food and wine presented. We were able to sit in the private dining area of the restaurant which gave some privacy.
There was a wide choice of food offered – 4 entrees and 4 mains :
Entrees :
Fried Zucchini flowers filled with four spiced gruyere and ricotta cheese, mustard seed royale, pinenut pangrattato, lemon verbena
Hiramasa Kingfish Carpaccio, chilli, capers, lemon, micro coriander, Campari salt.
Pork Belly, sweet carrot puree, pickled sultanas, roast macadamia crumble
Seared Scallops, sweetcorn puree, chorizo, piquillo pepper, sherry vinegar, chilli threads

Mains :
Glenloth Chicken Breast, white bean, chorizo ragout, onion, smoked paprika, coriander
O’Connor pasture fed Eye Fillet, roast carrot puree, caramelised baby shallots, dauphinoise potatoes, bordelaise sauce
Barramundi, roast fennel, pink grapefruit, Rockefeller sauce, crispy kale
Risotto of fresh mushrooms, truffle and parmesan
Sides : Darling Mills salad, radishes, walnut oil vinaigrette, French Fries
Wines :
NV Amadio’bijana’ Adelaide Hills, SA
2012 Mount Macleod Chardonnay, Gippsland Victoria
2010 Chateau Recougne, Bordeaux Superieur, France
2010 Chateau Haut-Madrac Rouge, Bordeaux, France
Campos coffee, Tea Corporation tea.
The outstanding entrée of the day was by far the Kingfish Carpaccio which was enjoyed by all who ordered this dish. Zucchini flowers received the comment of “the best zucchini flowers I have tasted”. The scallops were either overcooked or cool so not a tick here. The Pork Belly still retained too much of the fat and not been rendered down enough.
The best voted main was the Eye Fillet and most agreed that the meat had been cooked to desired time but needed more sauce.
The SA sparkling was enjoyed and whilst the Chardonnay was young, it went well with the Carpaccio.
The Chateau Recougne was recognised as being “burnt” but other members felt it went well with the eye fillet.

It was felt the healthy discussion on the food and wine was a sign of committed members and good to see and we are at last back to what we are about.
The service was good under the circumstances, efficient and unobtrusive.

Ladies next lunch on Wednesday, 2 April will be at Nithik’s Kitchen a look at Southern Indian food. This will be a fun lunch.

This entry was posted on March 6, 2014.

Mr. Chow’s Peking Restaurant Wednesday 5 February 2014

The year of the Horse got off to a great start with a Peking Cuisine feast.
25 members and 6 guests attended the restaurant.

Entrees :
Shallot Pancake
Tea Smoked Duck with Steamed Buns
San Choy Bow

Mains :
Crispy Skin Chicken
Prawn Omelette
Snake Beans with Minced Pork
Snow Peas and Broccoli
Satay Beef with Onion
Fried Rice

Dessert :
Apple and Banana Fritters
Red Bean Pancake

Mr Chow’s is famous for Peking Duck which is also served as Tea Smoked Ducks and this dish
was certainly the winner for the favoured dish. The Shallot pancake coming a close second followed
by Snake Beans with Minced Pork.
The Apple fritters were rated the best dessert.
The Crispy Skin Chicken was a little dry and could have been overcooked.

All comments were very favourable for Mr Chow’s ranging from the best Chinese food I
have had for years to a happy atmosphere, excellent food and nice wines.
The ladies enjoyed the ambience that a shared table provides.

The committee wanted to use up left over wines so there was a bit of a mixture on the
day ranging from the favourite sparkling – Madame Coco to the 2011 Joseph Drouhin Saint Veran Chardonnay.
There were two Tempranillo’s and one Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon from Italy.

This entry was posted on February 8, 2014.

Tastevin bistro and wine bar Wednesday 4 December 2013

There was a large gathering of ladies for our Christmas lunch – 24 members and 12 guests enjoyed the very festive atmosphere of Tastevin.  Alex and his staff looked after us with attentive service and good food.

The three course menu consisted of  :

Entrée    Cold pressed terrine of white rabbit and consommé jelly with frisee salad and sauce gribiche

Or            Gnocchi a la parisienne with sauted mushrooms and white truffle mornay

Main         Seared Ocean Trout with Octopus and grilled provencal vegetables

Or            Roasted Pork Loin with confit pork shoulder salad, black pudding and caramelised apple

Fries and salad

Dessert     Eton Mess

Wines on the day were :     Madame Coco Blanc de Blanc sparkling

2011 Joseph Drouhin Saint Veran – Chardonnay, Burgundy

2010 Artadi Estate Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

The terrine of white rabbit was the most favoured choice of entrée and outdid the Gnocchi on ratings. The style of Gnocchi was different as it was made out of choux pastry, not potato as expected.

The seared Ocean Trout was well received but a few ladies felt the provencal vegetables were too much and perhaps should not have included tomato with trout.

There was a variation in the quality of the pork presented on the day as it was served dry and overcooked on some plates whereas others found the pork cooked the way it should have been.  The accompanying salad was found to be too salty.

The light French style of black pudding and caramelised apple accompanying the pork dish were enjoyed.

The outstanding dish of the day was the French style Eton Mess – comments were amazing, light and full of flavour.

The general feeling was that the wines were well matched with the food.  The Madame Coco sparkling was again enjoyed by all.

Congratulations and thanks should go to the ladies that contributed to a large amount of Christmas gifts for the disadvantaged children.  These presents will be enjoyed by all the children on Christmas day.

Also a big thanks for the Christmas food donated.

This entry was posted on December 7, 2013.

Frattini Leichhardt Wednesday 6 November 2013

On Wednesday 6 November 20 members and guests attended lunch at Frattini in Leichhardt for a traditional Italian meal.  The restaurant is run by Tony Sama’s family who looked after us very well.

Members and guests were greeted with a glass of CA Bolani Prosecco with freshly squeezed pomegranate juice.

The menu consisted of shared platters for the entrée of :

Frattini special – Spinach and Ricotta dumplings in gorgonzola sauce

Fiori di zucchini – Zucchini flower filled with mozzarella and anchovies

Neonata – whitebait fritters

Choice of mains were :

Spaghetti Salmone – spaghetti with salmon, caviar and cream

Rigatoni Siciliana – rigatoni with eggplant in tomato sauce

Polpetta di carne – meat balls in tomato sauce with vegetables on the side

Rocket / lettuce salad with parmesan shavings

The wines presented were :

2011 Roca di Monetmassi Vermentino

2007 Carpineto Farnito Cabernet Sauvignon

Followed by a digestif of Limoncello di Capri and freshly baked Biscotti

All agreed the Prosecco with pomegranate juice was a refreshing start to the day.  The entrees were generally well received but there was a feeling that the zuchinni flowers had too much batter.

The gorgonzola sauce over the spinach and ricotta dumplings was a little rich.

The Vermentino  was matched very well as it had the right amount of acidity to cut through the richness of the entrees.  It was a good white choice for members to try.

The red wine had favourable comments.

A number of members felt the space was too noisy and not enough acoustics but most agreed this is normal when you are in a crowd in an Italian restaurant.

This entry was posted on November 22, 2013.

Catalina Rose Bay Wednesday evening 2 October 2013

On the evening of 2 October members with husbands/partners/guests attended the annual President’s Dinner held at the renowned Catalina Restaurant, Rose Bay.  The numbers totalled 37.

Members and guests were greeted with a Yarrabank Cuvee 2009 from Yarra Valley with a choice of canapés on the deck overlooking Sydney harbour. Canapes served were seared scallop tartlets, smoked salmon on toasted brioche.

The main meal was a choice of :     Snapper Pie

Smoked Duck Breast

Riverina Beef Tenderloin

Dessert :                               Valrohna milk Chocolate Mousse

Passionfruit crème brulee

Selection of cheeses

Wines presented were :           2013 Hahndorf Hill Pinot Grigio from Margaret River

2011 Howard Park Miamup Cabernet from Margaret River

2011 Tarra Warra Pinot Noir

The smoked duck and the beef tenderloin were rated the outstanding meals.  The Howard Park Cabernet was a good match for both dishes.

Both desserts were rated very favourably.

Apart from a mix up with orders being delivered to the wrong table, all who attended agreed it was a wonderful evening, top class food presented excellently and professional service in one of Sydney’s best restaurants.

This entry was posted on November 22, 2013.

Martha’s Wednesday 4 September 2013

On Wednesday 4 September the ladies went to Martha’s at Castlecrag.

We enjoyed a blend of French/Australian food matched with French/Australian/Italian wines.

28 members and guests were greeted outside the restaurant with a glass of Madame Coco Aude Valley Blanc de Blanc sparkling on arrival. This wine is produced on the foothills of the Pyrennes.

The food was a choice of one main :

Marmite Dieppoise, seafood broth with black mussels, fish, prawns, scallops and pastry lid.

Duck Leg confit, red cabbage, candied clementine and citrus vinaigrette

Lamb tenderloin, quinoa and parsley, warm tomato broth

Choice of dessert :

Tarte fin aux pommes, apple cider and vanilla ice cream

Chocolate tart, vanilla bean crème Chantilly

The wines offered were:

2012 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling

2009 Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico

Overall the Duck Confit was rated as an excellent choice and was matched well with the Chianti Classico.  The Marmite Dieppoise was a little overcooked on some plates.

The tarte fin au pommes was a little soggy.

The 2012 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling was considered too young.

The overall feeling of the restaurant was fresh, clean, lovely flowers and a good day even though lack of acoustics made for a bit of noise.

This entry was posted on November 22, 2013.