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New Zealand, Christchurch - St Germain

St Germain - Brioche Perdue & Foie Gras

St Germain offers up some delicious dishes on their menu. With so much to choose from, I selected The French Way – a degustation of dishes on the menu in smaller servings. This is also an excellent way to be introduced to some typical and famous French dishes. I love the French bread and the French onion soup to start off with was delicious and heart-warming. The escargot in a lovely blue cheese sauce was also excellent and then there was the cleverly put together foie gras. A recreation of a savoury apple crumble, the brioche base formed the crumb, a soft and flavoursome apple filling the apple component, and then the foie gras’s rich and creamy characteristics were used like whipped cream. A lovely pear sorbet with a dash of whisky followed to cleanse the palette before the main of cassoulet was served. The duck was just fantastic with the sauce even better. The highlight of the meal, I loved this dish. I love cheese so a selection of 4 French cheeses with salad and toasted raisin bread were an excellent pairing to enjoy. Lastly, if the experience couldn’t pack in any more food, 2 silken crepes immersed in an orange and grand marnier syrup were thoroughly enjoyed with Chantilly cream. An excellent representation of French cuisine. Superb. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Christchurch – St Germain

New Zealand, Wellington - Matterhorn

Matterhorn - Gorgonzola Beignet

I find the Matterhorn has a kind of casualness but yet the venue and restaurant has a certain deception. I’d class the food as fine dining for the masses. There’s skill in the execution of the dishes, but there’s no delicateness shown. No restraint. In stead, big bold flavours with generous serves are the mantra here. There was quite a bit of food dished up for the chef’s selection. They should call it a feast. I loved the garlic bread and then the gorgonzola beignet. The chorizo had big bold flavours which aren’t tempered. The Wagyu fat roasted potatoes have the most crispy skin and soft fluffy potato you could find. With the sourness of the buttermilk mayonnaise, what a side. So filling. The perfectly cooked and seasoned roast pork with the most delicious crunchy crackling was fantastic. To finish, gladly a lightish dessert. The two sorbet varieties were a welcome relief in cleansing the palette and finishing the excellent array of flavours and creativity unleashed in the kitchen. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Wellington – Matterhorn

New Zealand, Wellington - Logan Brown

Logan Brown - Puau Ravioli

What’s interesting about the menu is the range of cuisines employed in the different courses – French, Italian, Mexican, and Asian. Each carries soft flavours that let the ingredients shine through. The delicate crafting of the dishes and careful pairing of the elements, plus consistency, makes the dining experience an excellent one. I really loved the signature dish, the ravioli, which was fantastic. Just eclipsing it was the venison which was superb. A notable mention is the masterstroke of spiced poached pear with the NZ cheese, creating a fantastic pairing for something so simple as crackers and cheese. The peppery flavour of the tartare, the freshness of the Mexican inspired fish, the Asian flavours in the rabbit and duck, and the different citrus flavours with the dark chocolate presented delicious dishes to be enjoyed through the course of the night. If you want to experience a delicious and well crafted dining experience in a lovely setting then a visit to Logan Brown is a must. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Wellington – Logan Brown

New Zealand, Auckland - Corelli's Cafe

Corelli's Cafe French Toast

There are several cafes to choose from in Devonport along Victoria Street. I chose Corelli’s CafĂ© which has an outdoor area surrounded by lots of green plants. Sitting outside, they have a nice selection of items to choose from the breakfast menu, plus a waffle menu too. I chose the French toast and was served a very generous meal, 3 slices of fluffy French toast emitting a lovely aroma, enjoyed with maple syrup, slightly sour yoghurt, slightly tart raspberry coulis, and lovely sweet grilled bananas. They also have smoothies and juices, so I enjoyed a refreshing glass of apple, carrot and ginger juice. Lovely place with friendly service. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Auckland – Corelli’s Cafe

New Zealand, Auckland - French Cafe

French Cafe - Roasted Quail

As I slowly savoured the first few items that were presented, the couple next to me who were just leaving mentioned I was in for a treat. How right they were. Fine dining at it’s best, I enjoyed a selection of delicious, creative, and well executed dishes that delivered on flavour, all enjoyed in intimate surrounds with professional service. From the appetizer of the potato crisp, to the amuse bouche of pumpkin soup, to the house made bread with flavoured butter varieties, the start of the meal was excellent. I really loved the creativity shown in the first course of snapper cerviche. Perfectly balanced flavours presented an excellent dish. The next course was the highlight for me. The roasted quail was superb with that earthy chestnut puree. The last course of snapper was an equally delicious dish. Despite having to forgot dessert, the palette cleansing ginger and pear granita was just the perfect end to the meal. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Auckland – French Cafe

Grill'd @ Shafto Lane - 11 April 2014

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I entered the Grill’d Shafto Lane store with high expectations of that small bite I had of the Baa Baa Lamb burger. When it was served and I took my first bite I knew those expectations were met. A burger packed full of flavour and freshness, the sweet tomato relish sticks out immediately, but then the strong flavour of the cheese takes over with the soft avocado sticking to the cheese providing a creamy richness. The salad and herbed mayo add different flavours while the delicious wholemeal bun holding everything together is delicious. But the star of the burger is the lamb. A perfectly cooked and flavoursome patty, it just oozes flavour and I’d have to say lamb is far tastier than the beef variety. The burger hit the mark in all departments and I thoroughly enjoyed it. . . . → Read More: Grill’d @ Shafto Lane – 11 April 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 4 Apr 2014

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I decided to visit Public House Kitchen & Bar for lunch to check out their nose to tail dishes on offer for the month of April as part of the Eat Drink Perth 2014 food festival. This week’s dish is the braised pork cheek, crisp fried jowl, mango & chilli salsa with a bottle of custard & co apple and mango cider for $35. I happily ordered that and was pleased that since I didn’t want the cider as I don’t drink, without asking, the waitress checked with the kitchen and offered the same meal at a discounted price of $25. The deep fried golden brown crumbed delight encasing the smooth jowl was delicious, smooth, and rich. It paired perfectly with the tropical and well balanced salsa, providing a refreshing taste, acidity, sweetness, and bite through the chilli, to cut through the richness of the jowl. The braised pork cheeks were tender and delicious. The lovely juices and flavour of the cheeks were served with a puree and an earthy salad. A fantastic meal that I enjoyed thoroughly. I like the food served here where there is creativity, flair, and an intelligence demonstrated on the plate in the careful selection and pairing of elements that work beautifully together. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 4 Apr 2014

Grill & Chill - 22 Mar 2014

Grill and Chill - Lamb Masala and Chicken Kali Mirch

Another visit to an Indian restaurant and the flavours presented in the food we ordered was superb, and on reflection, the best I’ve eaten thus far. I’d say if you can’t tolerate the heat, stick with mild as the medium was quite pungent and interfered with my enjoyment of the deliciously crafted curries presented. The non-vegetarian platter delivered delicious tandoor imparted flavours to the moist tandoori chicken, lamb Seekh kebab, and milder herby resmi chicken. The lamb masala was a touch too salty but the flavours were delicious, as were the chef’s special chicken kali mirch in a thick but moist creamy curry. The highlight for me was the prawn Madras curry which was superb. I also loved the garlic and butter naans which were soft on top and crunchy on the bottom. The kulfi desserts were good but could be improved. Overall, I was impressed with the flavours presented and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. I’d strongly suggest you make a booking as you’d be lucky to get a free table as a walk in, although, you could go with the take away option too. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 22 Mar 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 7 Mar 2014

Public House Kitchen Bar - Coffee & Honey Lamb Ribs

For $36 I was able to have a toned down 3 course meal. It wasn’t expansive nor too filling but a lunch that wasn’t heavy nor too light. Reflecting on all the dishes, the meals served up are generally quite inventive. They’re not the stock standard dishes you see on a lot of menus (mind you this is Latin American) but it’s something new, different, and the chefs aren’t afraid to push the envelope. The empanada is quite simple but the beef and olive filling is quite something. There are more expansive entrees on the menu, but a single empanada was perfect for me. The coffee and honey lamb ribs are unusual, yet the chef’s complete and careful control of both elements enable the dish to work in harmony, the coffee providing a strong distinctive flavour yet it’s intensity is dulled. Any bitterness is counteracted with the flavour of honey and yet it isn’t too sweet, quite on the mild side. The ability to brush your ribs with more of this interesting marinade is unique and the tender juicy lamb with the odd bits of salty explosion turn this into a wow dish without trying to be pretentious. A rather humble dish that tastes nothing like what it seems. The dessert also continued in a similar vein with the banana and coconut sorbet tasting just like a banana, while the soft rice pudding was nothing much to write home about. However, the dash of cinnamon, a little sorbet, and a pour of the bottle which oozes delicious flavours in the creamy vanilla and coconut potion, and you are taken to a new level of yum! The tropical themed elements combine to give a fantastic finish to the meal. I was pretty stuffed after the filling dessert, those yummy ribs and the empanada. A really delicious meal in comfortable surrounds and excellent service. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 7 Mar 2014

The Burger Bistro Pop Up - 22 Feb 2014

Burger Bistro Pop Up - USA Burger

The site at Beaufort Street for the Burger Bistro’s latest creation is unique, casual, relaxed but still comfortable and cool in the summer heat of the day. I was a guest of the Burger Bistro Pop Up restaurant which has a new concept focusing on prime ingredients with a completely different menu to their other locations, carrying a strong American theme. I ordered the USA Burger and it effectively represented the USA experience with the tart pickles, ketchup, strong flavour of thickly sliced cheese and that unique mustard taste transporting me back to my travels in the US. The slightly sweet brioche bun ties it all together and one can’t go paste the star of the burger, the delicious, moist, juicy beef patty. Along with shoestring fries and the fresh ingredients of the coleslaw shining through in a just coated dressing which isn’t sweet, I was pretty full. However, there’s always room for dessert and the pastry chef’s family recipe of tiramisu was delicious. Soft, light, tasty with the touch of bitterness from the sprinkled high quality chocolate, it was a dessert that once you have one spoonful you can’t stop. . . . → Read More: The Burger Bistro Pop Up – 22 Feb 2014