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 :
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
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
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.