Continuing the 'never pass up a free lunch' theme, I was also lucky enough to be invited to The Restaurant at 3 Weeds for a tasty preview of their Christmas in July festivities. You too can eat the whole menu I enjoyed on Thursday 22nd July for $95/head or $140 with a stellar group of matched wines; or you can enjoy selected dishes à la carte during the whole week from Monday 19th July-Sunday 25th July.
This is the Quail Consomme with Foie Gras Tortellini and Black Truffle, served up with the 2009 Domaine Les Hautes Cances 'Cairanne Blanc', Rhone Valley - a lovely, bewitching blend of Marsanne, Rousanne, White Granache and Claret. The dish was all the better for the lovely piece of shaved black Tasmanian truffle. It was also dotted with truffle oil for added aroma.
This is a Confit Fillet of Cold Smoked Ocean Trout with Fennel Veloute and Vongole, perhaps let down a little by it being smoky herring roe rather than caviar. The fish was cooked beautifully after first being smoked with oak and hickory. It was matched to a 2008 Domaine Des Nembrets Macon 'Source des Plaisirs' Chardonnay from Burgundy, France - had I not been so enchanted with the wine before I am sure I would have had more to say about it!
Head Chef Leigh McDivitt has recently been dubbed a Porkstar by Australian Pork. His Slow Cooked Pork Cheek with Pork Neck Agnolotti, Seared Scallops and Spiced Pear Puree showed us why - an excellent dish that's going on the July menu too. We had it with a 2007 Mont-Redon 'Lirac' Grenache from the Rhone Valley in France - a truly wonderful old vine grenache that had me wanting a second glass (and possibly a third).
Dessert is a particular pleasure - an Eggnog Bombe Alaska reminds me of the first time I tried this dessert, many years earlier at the Dolphin Hotel in fact. I still remember the surprise of cold ice cream inside the gooey meringue shell.
It was followed by a surprisingly light Christmas Pudding Souffle with Brandy Ice Cream made with apple puree and rum soaked muscatel grapes served up with an utterly divine 2007 Alois Kracher 'Muskat Ottonel Auslese' Muscat from Burgenland, Austria. This was probably the first Christmas style menu that didn't see me leaving the table annihilated and overfull, which I really appreciated, since it was a Tuesday lunch!
If you prefer the ambiance of the back bar to the posher restaurant space, they're serving up a Roasted Pork Chop with Spiced Pear and Pork Crackling ($18). Wash it down with a Yule Tide ($16) cocktail with vanilla vodka, Mozart black chocolate liqueur, orange and cinnamon.
If you'd like to see my last (non Christmas themed) visit to this restaurant, go HERE.
The Restaurant at 3 Weeds
197 Evans Street, Rozelle
Ph: (02) 9818 2788