Posts tagged ‘zucchini flowers’

January 9, 2012

The Devonshire

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The Devonshire

Hidden amongst the other inner city terraces is The Devonshire. Peering through the window into the slim restaurant with all the trimmings, clean and sleek. Sitting inside, it’s intimate and a dash of fancy.

It’s eve before Christmas Eve and there’s no holding back, so we settle down with the 8 course degustation with matching wines.

The Devonshire

The Devonshire Salt fish brandade

The fresh bread arrives along and we’re spoilt for butter choice; salted and unsalted. A suspicious crispy ball arrives to tantalize our taste buds; nicely crisp on the outside with a soft, flakey fish centre.

The Devonshire
 Woodside goats curd mousse, zucchini flower, pickled beetroots and hazelnut

The first course is almost too pretty to devour. The crispy zucchini flower tries to be the centre of attention, but the dollops of goats cheese, colourful slices and cubes of beets, and spots of bloody, red puree takes away the attention.

The Devonshire
Cured Hiramasa kingfish, blood orange, spring onion and potato crisps

Speaking of pretty plates, next up is the cured kingfish so wonderfully pieced together with segments of blood orange, onions topped with thin shards of potato crisps. Not a clean plate in sight…

The Devonshire
Confit king salmon, buckwheat risotto, prawn, kohlrabi and dill

Not a foam fan, though I have to say that this was an exception. After the foam slowly melts, it becomes a sweet broth to team up with perfectly cooked salmon and a subtle, almost an umami flavoured risotto.

The Devonshire
Ravioli with roast chicken

If you love roast chickens, then this is the dish. Never judge a book by its cover, secretly hidden inside this huge ravioli are tender pieces of perfectly roast chicken; juices and all. On the side is my absolute favourite part of every roast dinner, the flavoursome bursts of herbs and spices of stuffing. Oh stuffing!

The Devonshire
Wagu rump cap, fondant potato, spinach 

Ready to unbutton the tops of our jeans, we were only prepared to pick at this dish, but within minutes… all four of us did not admit defeat and chowed it down slice by slice. The meat was cooked to the touch, meat juices and all. The potato cylinder isn’t for the faint hearted as it was double cooked in butter.

The Devonshire
Strawberries and Cream

The first of the desserts arrived and as simple as was, it all chimed a harmonious “mmmmm!” at the table. With layers of strawberry sorbet, vanilla cream, fresh strawberries and biscuit crumbles; it worked well as a dessert and palate cleanser after a meaty meal.

The Devonshire
Chocolate mousse, brownie crumble, honeycomb and orange

The finale is a chocolate wonderland with dark chocolate mousse strip, brownie crumbles, vanilla ice cream, generous chunks of crispy honeycomb and an orange jelly to top it off. To sum this dish into a ball of flavour, it’d be giant Jaffa.

The Devonshire

Nosebeaking onto the other tables, it seems as though every single dish is so beautifully presented and as equally delicious. The degustation menu changes slightly seasonally and every Friday, there is a $35 lunchtime deal. Do it!

The Devonshire
204 Devonshire St
Surry Hills

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August 29, 2010

The Passage

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This place scratched the my itch, my itch to uncover another local bar with a chilled out atmosphere, great cocktails and food with their own little twist. Walking in, the bar is endless and a lightbulb goes off with the relevance to its name. There’s little corners you can nestle in or if you’re feeling social, a communal table or a seat at the bar.

We kick the night off with some spicy almonds and diving into some cocktails. My cocktail of choice is the Coconut & Kaffir Lime Daquiri, a whirl of coconut, lime and hint of pandan and rum. Smelt absolutely amazing and tasted even better, I had many of the girls fighting over this one.

Vodka cured salmon, beetroot puree and baby coriander

Crispy calamari, sweet chilli oil and aioli

Stuffed zucchini flowers with goats’ cheese and truffle honey

The menu is tapas based, so the more company you have, the more dishes to dine and share. Of our starters, my favourite would be the crispy calamari with sweet chili oil and a side pot of aioli; the calamari was crisp without being too heavy and overwhelming with batter. This dish just goes to show that you don’t need to have fancy bar menus and that you can take a good ol’ regular and add a creativity to reinvent the dish.

The zucchini flowers had crunchy stems and cheesey filled buds with a drizzle of truffle honey, which made all the difference to an otherwise simple dish. The vodka cured salmon was a new one for me, as I’m not so much a fan of sashimi and as far as I go is smoked salmon, but I didn’t mind a little piece on top of the toasty bread and a dollop of beet puree.

Twice cooked pork belly, corn puree and blackbean viaigrette

Sirloin with hand cut rosemary potato chips and confit garlic

Spicy meatball “toastie” with fennel salsa

I was already quite impressed with the starters but the mains were definitely drool-worthy. My favourite would be the twice cooked pork belly and it completely blew me away. I love pork belly and each piece had a thin layer of crackling which was perfect without breaking any teeth and generous portion of tender meaty goodness. And not to forget, the sirloin, perfectly cooked with nice grill marks and glaze over the top, served with the most amazing potato chips. It reminded me of a dish at Pony, but oh these chips…

The meatball toastie was a little on the drier side, but such comforting food. And what made the dishes so delicious were the companions to the main star to the dish. Each dish had its own sauce that was well thought out and complemented the protein as opposed to just being there.

Vanilla pannacotta with strawberry spiced syrup

Full to the brim, we took a breather with another round of cocktails and ended the night with dessert. I’ve never seen a pannacotta so rigidly constructed, and dressed with a syrup that was very intriguing indeed, which proceeded many tipsy attempts to place bets on the ingredients and confirming this with the kitchen.

Get in quick before it starts to fill with hustle and bustle!

The Passage
231A Victoria Rd
Darlinghurst, Sydney

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