August 28th, 2012

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - La Locanda *UPDATED*


Alex Harmon returns to find sad news at a restaurant I first reviewed back HERE...

Unfortunately it took news of imminent closure to lead me here. An “institution in Bronte,” says our waitress Fleur, clearly devastated. “It’s being taken over by an Italian chef, but it won’t be the same.”

To commemorate their final weeks they’re offering a complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival (mention the ‘Goodbye Special’) and for the last two Saturdays (1st and 8th) they’ll serve a Degustation Menu ($75/5 courses, $95/with matched wines) of chef Andreas’ favourite dishes from the past eight years.

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I dined mid-week, scoring the last table in this cosy abode. One wall sports ornate Italian wallpaper; the other a blackboard menu – completely in Italian, I might add. After some translations from Fleur, I order the Antipasti Entrée ($15/head) of stuffed calamari, eggplant Parmigiana and vitello tonnato. If the new chef inherits the calamari dish, he’ll be laughing.

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Gnocchi ($25) with Gorgonzola sauce and walnuts, is deathly rich, and as decadent as the décor.

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In contrast, Fish of the Day ($30) (barramundi) served with chickpeas and pancetta, is fresh and wholesome.

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The Chocolate Mousse Cake ($15), well it’s so divine, you’d never let that secret out of the bag. So whilst Andreas isn’t revealing what he’ll do next, I might need to stalk him for dessert…

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Vale La Locanda.

La Locanda
65B Macpherson Street, Bronte
Ph: (02) 9389 3666

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Event - Princess Coco Launch Party


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Earlier tonight I headed to the new Princess Coco Chocalaterie in Day Street to hobnob with food media and assorted other guests at their launch party.

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All eyes were on the chocolate fountain in the front window, with amber glass trumpets and raining chocolate, rumoured to have cost in the ballpark of $80,000.

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Whilst being fed a great range of French cheeses, quiches and rilettes, we drooled over cabinets of cakes. I was definitely hoping we'd get to meet some of their creations up-close-and-personal before the night was out.

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Cameras were flashing in all corners of the well kitted out store, with food bloggers in high attendance. I spotted Grab Your Fork, Chocolate Suze and Inside Cuisine, alongside food personalities like Masterchef's Adam Liaw.

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All of the counterhands speak both French and English, and are clad in cute yet provocatively demure outfits.

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The star of the show is the Valrhona Grand Cru Chooclate, which is the basis for all of their artisan extravagances.

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The most spectacular looking was the Rêve de Princess Coco ($9.50) sphere.

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By the time the trays of desserts came out, the audience was pumped!

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You see, we were all waiting to try Rika Shiina's pastries (she used to work at Sokyo)...

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...and we were not disappointed! The one in the glass featured caramel mousse, coffee, chocolate, nougat and Jack Daniels (it was my favourite).

After such a great start, I look forward to going back and giving it a proper try as a plain old customer some time soon!

Princess Coco Chocolaterie
158-166 Day Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9269 0881

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