“It can’t be corked, but it can be screwed,” quips Manager/Sommelier Gonzalo Burgos, as we taste our 2011 Domaine Daniel Dampt Petit Chablis ($67/bottle).
His face is familiar from my visit to Uncorked, atop The Union in North Sydney. He’s made a similar list here, offering interest and value at a reasonable city pub price-point.
Chef Ronny Ghantous has also crossed the bridge to create a French-inspired, modern Australian collection of approachable pub dishes.
Reluctantly (and only because I’ve eaten it) I forgo his shaved Salade au Foie Gras ($16) for Parfait au Porc ($15).
By some strange coincidence, as I smear it onto toast with caramelised eschallots and apple pie filling, I locate the word ‘quenelle’ in the giant find-a-words decorating the walls.
Time between courses has never been quite so engaging!
The grill is put to good use with steaks like Le Entrecote ($26) scrubbing up well (though I’d exchange Café de Paris ‘sauce’ for butter).
It suits Legumes Verte ($8) and Paris Mash ($9); but so does the star of the show, the Collet d’Agneau ($24).
Prepare to get stonkered by mountains of pan-seared, roasted lamb neck and lashings of cauliflower puree with a dusting of peas, micro herbs and clever quinoa crumbs.
Yep, cheeses can wait…
*This was my PUB OF THE WEEK on 2GB 873 Fresh! with Luke Grant & Luke Mangan
on Sunday 2nd June, 2013: http://www.2gb.com/article/fresh-sunday-j
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