Low light, a comfy fabric banquette and Nouvelle Vague on the stereo made this comforting Randwick Bistro seem just like dining in your own lounge room.
The Chicken Liver and Port Parfait ($17) is a small slice of heaven, particularly with a 2006 Two Sisters Pinot Noir ($60) from Central Otago. A quaffing pinot if ever I've drunk one.
The comforting Cauliflower Soup ($17) resplendent with wonderful smoked ham hock and speckled with chilli oil helped maintain the illusion of my comfortable couch, and my lips tingled.
Owner/chef Micah Rodgers handles meat very well - the wagyu beef cheeks in his Braised Beef ‘bourguignon’ ($29) were cooked perfectly and delightful with the creamy parsnip puree and crisp green beans.
A Roast Pork Belly with Honey and Black Pepper Glaze ($29) was crunchy up top and moist underneath, though the mash paled next to the buttery puree.
My lips did pucker from the sharp acid bite of the lemon peel and vanilla syrup with the Raspberry and White Rum Bombe Alaska ($13), a little less bomb and a little more Alaska please. My dining companion said the peel "had more acid than a bush doof" but what would I know about that?
Any tears were wiped away with the comforting French Style Crepes ($13) with banana, caramel sauce and excellent peanuts.
All mains lie south of the thirty dollar border, with a current bistro special of a main and a house wine for twenty dollars! This is from a reduced menu of three choices, and on the night I dined, about half the room were in on this special.
133 Avoca Street, Randwick
Ph: (02) 9398 7766