The arrival of ethical foie gras is the perfect excuse to revisit Astral – not that you need an excuse.
A full Ethical Foie Gras Chef’s Menu ($225/head) is an extravagant and wonderful way to explore the nuances of Eduardo de Sousa’s seasonal, organic product. Consume with abandon, secure in the knowledge that Eduardo’s free-range geese choose to gorge naturally in preparation for winter.
It has a slightly more livery flavour which rolls beautifully against the sweetness of the lobster on Sean Connolly’s Lobster Burger with Foie Gras Butter & Baby Cress – it’s just a shame it’s so small! We enjoy it with an elegant, restrained 2008 Kooyong 'Clonale' Chardonnay ($15/glass) from the Mornington Peninsula - a lovely wine, that is very much in the French style.
Smoked Duck Breast with Pan Fried Foie Gras and Quince Puree shows off the smooth (they eat less grain) foie gras in a seared form, matched rather nicely by the 2005 Mermerus Pinot Noir ($70).
Serving size ramps up with the wholly satisfying adventure of buttery Certified Angus Beef, King Mushroom, Foie Gras with Black Truffle, Miso Hollandaise & Jus Gras.
Did I mention there’s a surprisingly enjoyable Coffee and Foie Gras Ice Cream with Salted Caramel for dessert too?
Add great wine matches from slick staff, and a particularly clear winter night that made the gleaming city panorama even more lovely, and you have one memorable evening! Oh and kudos to Sean Connolly who has completely switched over his foie gras purchases to the ethically raised variety.
I probably enjoyed this visit to Astral the most... but I've also dined here recently for the media launch of Table4Ten HERE; and earlier for a vegetarian degustation HERE. My first visit was in February 2008, way back HERE.
Level 17, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (1800) 700 700