Visited House Guest recently to taste some new dishes on the new menu by the new Executive Chef Jimmy Stewart.
1st dish & 2nd dish:
Confit Chicken Wings ($10) brined, smoked, confit with pine salt and mayo
Cornbread Madelines ($8) whipped sweet potato and bourbon butter
Prawn Toasts ($4 each) white prawns, sourdough, yuzu mayo, dill, daikon, scallions
Albacore Tuna ‘Flavours of Sushi’ ($14) asian pear, avocado, daikon, puffed rice, seaweed pesto, grilled cucumber
Winter Salad ($13) mushrooms in textures, beets, carrots, vegetable ash goat cheese, hazelnuts, lettuces, buttermilk, wild herbs and weeds.
Sunchoke Soup ($10) confit rabbit, pickled blackberry, watercress, sunchoke chips
Pine Smoked Venison Carpaccio ($12) pine oil, gin-crème fraiche, sunflower seeds, quail egg, peppercress, pickled celery, endive
Scallops ($24) turnips, butternut squash, mussels, kale, cranberry, beer and mussel jus
Ricotta Gnocchi ($22) hazelnuts, arugala, pecorino, artichoke, fennel
10th & 11th dish:
Carrot Cake with Ginger Carrot Gelato which I loved over the lemon tart
I enjoyed the Confit Chicken Wings which were lightly pine salted and dry perfectly done for this snack. The Prawn Toasts was my least favourite dish that I had during the meal perhaps because it lacked in flavour and the purposely charred edges on toast shouldn’t have been charred. The Sunchoke Soup was outstanding with the Confit Rabbit, pickled blackberry, watercress & Sunchoke chips. Loved, loved the Albacore Tuna ‘Flavours of Sushi’ it’s playful on the plate as well as the palate and was outstanding with Asian pear, daikon, seaweed pesto. Spectacular Winter Salad, was a stunning plate full of mushrooms textures and tastes and I can’t wait to see how this salad changes by the seasons to come. The Ricotta Gnocchi with hazelnuts, pecorino, artichoke, fennel was delish as well. For the finish, I loved the Carrot Cake with Ginger Carrot Gelato over the lemon tart.
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By: Richard Wolak