It's long been since that when I first tried the famous Wagyu Burger and Peanut Brittle Banana Tart at Plan B that I had to one day eat at one of Justin North's actual restaurants. Relocation and price made that a bit difficult but Quarter 21 is a step towards the more affordable side especially after it joined Full Society as one of the restaurants you can get discounts at. My little secret. But first I want to ramble on about Avengers so skip to the 3rd paragraph if you're only after food.
|If someone could tell me where I could find a poster of this around Sydney, I'd be incredibly grateful.|
MOVING ON, 90 for 7 courses is a decent deal so we were definitely going for the degustation.
|Sourdough with French Butter and Caraway Salt|
|Salad of beetroot and endive, whipped Baw baw blue, hazelnut & pear|
|Lightly cured ocean trout, crab, cauliflower, radish & buckwheat|
|Pan seared Hiramasa kingfish, Jerusalem artichoke, ham hock & Brussel sprouts.|
|Cannellone of ox tail, pickled tongue, smoke scallops, horseradish & kohl rabi|
|Glazed pork neck, parsnip, purple carrot, cabbage & crisp pig's ear|
|Slow cooked Glenloth Farm pheasant, braised endive, raisin, caper & Grand Marnier|
Yes I'm well aware that I just took a picture of salad. Food blogging changes people. Salad which came along with the mains was evenly balanced, seasoned and well dressed with just enough without a pool resulting underneath, a good sign. Mains were very heavy so this felt appropriate.
|Carob, apple marshmallow & ginger beer sorbet|
|Banana creme brulee, salted peanut brittle & milk coffee sorbet|
|Warm 68% Alto Beni Zokoko chocolate pudding, honeycomb & pear sorbet|
The service, although slow and aloft at times, was undeniably warm, personal and occasionally humorous. My qualms were that $6-50 Latte towards the end which left a sour taste when I should of been made aware of the additional rather pricey cost. Most restaurants offer it as part of the degustation with no additional cost. Also, I would of appreciated if they replaced certain aspects of the dishes we didn't enjoy eating as well like the scallop for A and there were some inconsistencies here and there. However, a 90 dollar 7 course degustation at this quality of food is a great deal and certain things were memorable like that cannelloni. Wow that cannelloni. And the crab. The desserts were quite fantastic as well. It was a delightful, thoroughly engaging meal and Quarter 21 has so much potential but I think I'll wait a while before reconsidering coming back.
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