The August lunch was organised by Suzi Shaw and Janelle Fisher in a local family run restaurant in McMahons Point that has been operating for 30 years on the Lower North Shore.
The lunch was attended by 27 members and 3 guests and we were in for a treat of a 6 course degustation menu of an Asian / Australian fusion of flavours. Ivan and Lissie make their own chilli jams, marinades and sauces using family recipes that have been handed down.
On arrival the ladies were greeted with a glass of Lillet – Blanc French aperitif. This aperitif is made in Bordeaux from mainly Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes with citrus liquers from orange peel and bitter green apple. Served in a glass with ice, and a slice of blood orange.
This aperitif was well regarded as was considered different and a nice change.
The 6 course menu consisted of :
Japanese style braised Shiitake mushrooms served with ‘snow ear’ fungi.
Grilled King Prawn with homemade chilli jam
Spicy Curried Lentils with sour cream and roasted almonds, served in a paper thin steamed rice pastry
Fish of the day in a broth
Choice of :
Slow cooked Shin of Beef cooked in spices OR
Grilled Nigerian Chicken cooked in spices and served in a chilli, onion and tomato sauce
Choice of :
Sticky Date Pudding served with butterscotch sauce and ice cream
Flourless Orange Almond cake and ice cream
This restaurant would have the highest scores on the rating forms for many years – certainly a lot of 10’s. The only negative comment being that the Fish of the day had been slightly over-cooked and was a little dry, but then this was compensated by the broth.
The food was considered a lovely journey of fresh flavours gained from fresh produce that had been well balanced with a mix of spices and fresh herbs.
The presentation of the food was superb and each course was served on fresh white plates, although we used the same cutlery!
One comment on the desserts “the best sticky date pudding ever”.
The wines were :
2014 Dapff Riesling from Alsace which complemented the asian style of food very well
2014 Celliers Les Dauphins, Cotes du Rhone – a lighter style wine that suited the two meat dishes.
Many ladies commented that they will return. The best compliment a restaurant can get.