Tuesday, January 26, 2010

10-course Degustation at Assiette

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"Please don't throw up this time, ok?", I teased Mr Foodwink for the umpteenth time.

Yep. Despite his previous lacklustre performance, Mr Foodwink insisted that he wanted nothing but degustation on his birthday. In fact, we nearly went to Assiette in 2008. Again, it was between Christmas and New Year. Again, many restaurants were closed at that time of the year. Tossing between Le Pelican and Assiette, we skipped the latter because souffle wasn't on the menu.

One year on, there's still no souffle but we couldn't resist this French restaurant again. At $95 dollars, Assiette offers one of the best-valued degustation menus in town. Of course, two hats and a star were also important variables in the equation.

We were not disappointed. Head chef Warren Turnbull's team worked like an army to deliver 10 beautifully-crafted dishes.

First Up: (1) Bread and butter (yes, I like taking pictures of them); (2) Seasonal oyster with Vietnamese dressing and baby coriander; (3) Seared tuna with Japanese salad, smoked eel, pork crackling and basil puree; and (4) Pickled beetroot with goats curd, basil jelly and pine nut vinaigrette.

Second Spring: (5) Terrine of Macleay Valley rabbit with carrot, hazelnut salad and raisin puree; (6) Crispy skinned snapper fillet with spanner crab and ginger congee; (7) Indian spiced pork belly with seared scallops, onion bhajis and mango chutney puree; and (8) Roasted cutlet of lamb with Morrocan spiced lamb shank and pistachio cous cous.

The Finale: (9) Passionfruit sorbet (instead of cheese); (10) Granny Smith apple jelly with vanilla syrup and apple granita; (11) Free menu to take home; and (12) Hazelnut dacquoise with dark chocolate mousse and cherry-ripple ice cream.

My favourite course was the refreshing combination of pickled beetroot and goats curd (3), and Mr Foodwink's the tender rabbit terrine (4). Quite surprisingly, we both really enjoyed the crispy skinned snapper with congee (5). Uhm, ginger-flavoured Chinese congee in a French restaurant? Yes, that's definitely a first for us.

If I had to be reallllly picky, I would prefer the menu to be more French than Asian and African. After all, Assiette is a French restaurant and my preference is that restaurants should specialise in one type of cuisine. However, we do live in an increasingly globalised world. And if restaurants want to innovate with imported flavours, the dishes should be as well executed as at Assiette.

48 Albion St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
02 9212 7979
Assiette on Urbanspoon

P/S: No throwing up this time :)

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8 comment(s):

Helen (Grab Your Fork) January 27, 2010 at 1:33 AM  

Yum, what an amazing-looking degustation. Great pics too. There's quite a mix of flavours and cultural influences as you say.

joey@FoodiePop January 27, 2010 at 4:48 AM  

Great review; Assiette is one of my favourite Sydney degustations, as the variety is fantastic and all the dishes are so lovingly prepared and presented. Glad you had a great time!

Adrian @ Food Rehab January 27, 2010 at 3:03 PM  

The Roasted cutlet of lamb looks esp good and would've likely sent me to rehab. But the Apple jelly would've been interesting to try out.

Glad I found your site!

Nice pics!

chocolatesuze January 27, 2010 at 6:25 PM  

bwahaha glad the food stayed down! and happy birthday to mr foodwink!

Leona @ pigged-out January 27, 2010 at 10:10 PM  

I love assiette!! has to be one of my fave french restaurants. In particular I loved the rabbit and the snapper!

What i love the most is the value its soo cheap for so much food. Totally worth it

foodwink January 27, 2010 at 11:10 PM  

Hi Helen - Thanks a lot. I think the mix of flavours worked really well.

Hi joey - Thanks very much. I've just read your review and checked out what YOU had (*embarrassed*)

Hi Adrian - Thanks for your kind words. I really like your blog's rating system: rehab, no rehab and don't bother :)

Hi Chocolatesuze - Tee hee, perhaps mr foodwink's stomach is made for degustation < $195 :)

Hi Leona - Glad that you've enjoyed assiette too. I agree - it's such a good value for soooo much food. BURP.

D @ BeTheFoodie February 1, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

ooh! been wanting to go to Assiette for some time now since my friends went there...definitely going on my list of places to go now :)

nice photos btw... :)

foodwink February 1, 2010 at 10:43 PM  

Hi D - Thanks! It's definitely worth a try!

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