MissDissent (missdissent) wrote,

Review - Blanco

Take a jaunt around the Mediterranean in the cool, white surrounds of this mosaic tiled ice-breaker designed by Durbach Block architects, with Gaudi in mind.

Clean, fresh flavours and good technique shine from owner/chefs Brendan Vallejo and Scott Mason. My picks include the Grilled Sonoma Levain with Goat’s Cottage Cheese and Pistachio ($6).

I also loved the Organic Lentil, Roast Pumpkin, Cabbage, Yoghurt and Dill Salad ($14) made sweet and unctuous by pumpkin puree.

And who wouldn't like the soft plump pillows of Pecorino-enriched House-made Gnocchi with Italian Sausage and Sage ($20)?

I’ll join the list that simpers over the Portuguese Style Pork and Mussels ($29), it was easily my dish of the night. It’s nice to see the larger plates outperform the smaller plates for a change, too.

Wine buffs should dine on Wednesday/Thursday as Scott Turner plays in-house sommelier – his wine knowledge and passion for buying local, boutique wines had me enthralled. After a liberal sample, I’m certain he’s put together a great wine list; the 2009 Springvale Gewürztraminer ($12/glass, $56/bottle) is an Australian benchmark. Scott flexed his food-matching skills by pairing our Braised Goat Leg with Field Mushrooms in White Wine ($29) with a suave 2008 Cantine Pra Soave Classico Superiora ($13/glass) and the 2008 Jules Taylor Pinot Gris ($10.50/glass) for sweet relief.

I did try a couple of other dishes too in between the wine tastings... Spiced Chickpea Fritters ($6) were eclipsed by the smoky, spicy sauce, but I do recall them being pleasantly free of oil.

I also tried the Heirloom Tomato, House-made Ricotta and Cucumber Salad with Olives ($16) - it was a bit of a let down for me but I will admit to eating the best punnet of the freshest heirloom cherry tomatoes a few days earlier, so it could be just a hard comparison between them and these slightly more tired heirlooms.

And it seems this month is to be the month of not drinking tap water... I tried another expensive water at the behest of the bartender (as he thought the tap water would taint our wine). The Cape Grim Tasmanian Still Rain Water ($10) is possibly the nicest bottled water I have ever tried.

5-9 Roslyn Street, Kings Cross
Ph: (02) 9332 3663

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Tags: food, wine
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