Sunday 21 September 2003

Native Australian Degustation Menu

Taking a break from the Deep and Meaningful - and the Shallow and Meaningless but fun - I attended the wedding of my Sister-in-Law on the weekend. It took place at Edna's Table, a decidedly upmarket but unconventional Restaurant in downtown Sydney. Here's the Menu:

Fantastic FoodEven More Fantastic Food

Seared Scallop, Lemon Myrtle Miso Beure Blanc
Morgan Semillon 2001, Hunter Valley NSW

Cheesefruit Tartlet
Red Hill Pinot Grigio 2002, Mornington Peninsula Vic

Crocodile & Nori Parcel, Hot Sour Broth
Chapel Hill Unwooded Chardonnay 2003, McLaren Vale SA

Thai Style Emu Salad & Enoki Mushrooms
Tamar Ridge Pinot Noir 2001, North-east Tasmania

Grilled Kangaroo Fillet, Warm Beetroot & Kumera Salad, Ponzu Dressing
Hand Picked by John Reynolds Cabernet Merlot 2001, Orange NSW

Trio of Dessert ( Riberry Icecream, Rosella Tart, Wattleseed Creme Brulee)
Bethany Late Harvest Riesling 2002, Barossa SA

As some of the menus state, the Restaurant is a glimpse of alternate history: the French explorer La Perouse was only narrowly beaten to Botany Bay by Captain Cook. Had New South Wales been settled by the French, as perhaps Nouvelle Normandie, then this may have been the cuisine.

In any event, the dishes were the equal of anything I've ever tasted anywhere in the world. BTW the price for the above is rather less than $80 US per head. And we had a rambuctious 2-year-old in tow, who the staff treated with every consideration and lavish affection, despite having a full house. I've travelled the world, and to find such a treasure in my own backyard was a very pleasant surprise. Very Highly, Recommended.

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