MissDissent (missdissent) wrote,

Review - Bishop Sessa *UPDATED*

The closure of Bistro Bruno has seen restaurateur Erez Gordon really focus his tender loving care upon his Crown Street star attraction.

With Chef Paul Cooper’s cooking already on point – my beloved Scallop Ceviche ($18) with cucumber, avocado, lemon and ginger beer sorbet thankfully remaining on his updated menu - Erez has directed his attention elsewhere.

Upstairs he’s added a wall-length, quintessentially Sydney (without being clichéd) cityscape by photographer Shane Rozario.

He’s also very invested in the floor, from explaining the whole-carcass, nose-to-tail philosophy, to constructing original cocktails, including the appetite-inducing Gin Yum ($17.50); described as “an Asian vacation” in a glass. However it’s in personalised wine service where Erez really shines; down to cheeky (verbal) descriptions of grapes being trampled “by unwed girls” where one can “taste the desperation”.

The 2008 Tibooburra Solitude Vineyard Pinot Noir ($77) over-delivered with a surprising floral, feminine edge against Roasted Aylesbury Duck Breast with ‘Ducketta’ ($33).

The best dish I ate - a truly unctuous jowl of Melanda Park pork with Hawkesbury River calamari and barbecued corn - can only be ordered via the outstanding value six-course Degustation ($69/head).

Chef brined the (already standout) pig for three days, rendering the fat into a beautiful, soft protein that sensuously echoed the tender, translucent calamari - sensational.

You can see a previous review of this restaurant HERE.

Bishop Sessa
527 Crown Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 8065 7223

Bishop Sessa on Urbanspoon
Tags: cocktails, food, wine
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