You might have read another recent review of this spot in the Sydney Mining Herald, but I’m going to differ from Durack. I’m taking into account it’s winter and we’re in Paddington, and frankly I’ve eaten enough tasty tacos and sliders already this year.
Sure, the Toulouse Cassoulet ($38.50) could have had a smidgen more juice, but the Corned Wagyu Silverside ($32.50) was easily the best version I’ve tried.
It suits cabbage, carrots and creamy mashed spuds.
Potato phobic diners might prefer a clever wafer thin Smoked Duck and King Brown Mushroom Carpaccio ($17.50), bespeckled with walnuts, bleu d’Auvergne and raspberry vinaigrette.
There are lots of interesting wines on the well put-together list, like the elegant 2010 Inama Soave Classico DOC ($62). Drink it against a compelling plate of Glazed Oysters Bellevue ($5.25/each), warmed through by being sandwiched between spinach and eschalot puree, and glazed hollandaise sauce.
It’ll continue nicely into a double-baked Hazelnut Crusted Pumpkin and Roquefort Soufflé ($18.50), with the richness offset...
...by a seasonal Salad of Broad Beans, Globe Artichokes and Swiss Browns ($18.50).
Do save room for dessert – the ephemeral and delightfully pink Eton Mess ($16) with raspberry sorbet, made me decide to return for more of Damien Pignolet’s classic French delights forthwith.
159 Hargrave Street, Paddington
Ph: (02) 9363 2293