Severely disappointed that I missed out on the Game of Thrones dinner that was all over the bloggersphere here, here and here, I had been since wanting an opportunity to dine at Gastro Park. My ultimate foodie partner A was craving fine dining after her continual diet on Mcdonalds and lemon juice and consequently the opportunity presented itself. It just so happens that it was also her birthday so I was more than excited to take her here.
A was intent on trying the entire menu through a degustation, I reasoned instead that going A la carte would be more affordable and still be able to have a large amount of food to try.
I love the way this was presented, with the butter almost smeared into a wave. Sonoma sour dough is always a good start; warm, crusty and fluffy. It could do with a larger butter ratio, although I can never have enough butter.
|The Green One 22|
|Raw tuna & scallop, lime, olive oil, chives 16|
|Foie gras, wild hare, beetroot, plum vinegar, red cabbage granita|
|Soy & mustard glazed swordfish belly, pickled cucumber 16|
|Seared venison, soy, ginger, bonito dressing 16|
Mid- way through, 2 blaring fire trucks were stationed outside in what I presume was a gentlemen's club. The waiter came by and joking said "Enjoying the light show?". Haha, only in the Cross. I have no idea what happened.
|Liquid butternut gnocchi, mushroom consomme, sage 28|
|Morning dew infused duck breast, stone fruit, fig, foie gras 32|
|Crispy scaled snapper, smoked potato puree, calamari crackling, ink sauce 39|
|Textures of goats cheese, apple & celery 18|
|Vacherin, served with lavosh, grapes & fig 12|
|Chocolate, honeycomb, mandarin sphere, cookies & cream 22|
And then came along the candle, the cookie and the cream. Happy birthday Anne. Cracking into the orb results in a delightful gush of chocolate cream. The flavours weren't that invigorating but the whimsicality is certainly appreciated on our end.
|Nitro Pavlova, pineapple, coconut, papaya 20|
The front house staff were wonderfully informative, conversational and jovial throughout the night. Never once did we feel forgotten, with water glasses always full and constant reassurance when the pacing of dishes went a little slow. The creativity and excitement was only out-matched by the sheer quality and taste of the ingredients. Although towards the more expensive side, we had a impressive experience here, dare I say probably the best experience this year and it was definitely money well spent. With restaurants like these, the already animated Kings Cross has gotten a little more exciting.
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