201 Bulleen Rd,
Dimlit and cosy ambience with very welcoming staff. No a le carte is available, only a seasonal 7 course degustation menu.
Entrée & tasting dishes:
Tasting platter – marinated tomatoes, mini herb bread, prawn + pumpkin gelatin – provided a refreshing start to the degustation menu, with hints of french aromas.
Soft shell crab though soft & fluffy on the inside, it lacked just a bit of crumbling crunch on the outside that you’d expect from perfectly deep-fried tempura.
Poured from a teapot and drank out of a tea cup – the teapot style bonnito – though unconventional was a novel experience. It embodied the sweetness of mushroom, the salt of miso and the slightest tart of lemon. Not bad at all.
The Ginseng chicken herbal soup, though it had a homely feel to it, it err’ed on the bland side, falling a little short of recreating the wonderful aromas of ginseng broth and herbal aromas.
Rack of lamb was a sizzling show on the hot plate, with a mouthwatering waft of char-grilled meat. However, it was a bit overdone (not pink enough for my liking) making it tough, and lacked some seasoning.
The duck confit on the other hand was tender & juicy – arriving in a paper bag – but was a tad on the salty side.
Selection of Sashimi – salmon, tuna, scallop.
Creme brulee & cheese cake – simple and tasty execution, hitting all the right notes in sweet and bitter aspects. Cracking the brittle sugar coating is always so fun!
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