Monday, August 31, 2009

Assiette

Sensational value, beautiful flavours for a very reasonable $30 for 3 courses on Fridays, lunchtime only.

If you ever get a chance to do this on a Friday for lunch, it's well worth it. We were lucky enough to get in a last minute booking for their second sitting at 1.30pm. You can order from their normal a la carte menu, but most diners are there for the $30 special. You get a choice of two entrees, two mains and two desserts, so between the two of you, you can try the whole special menu. They are degustation-sized courses, so if you're expecting a full feed, you may be disappointed, but hubby and I were well-satisfied.

Entrée
Curried parsnip veloute with crispy onion bjahi
I thought I was getting the lesser of the two entrees, but I was pleased that I got this one, it was sensational! The veloute was nice, smooth and creamy, and the curry was so subtle. And the crispy onion....salty, crunchy yum! (we ended up going halves on the entree because we agreed this was the better choice).


Cured salmon with beetroot duxelle and dill sour cream
It wasn't a terrible entree. The flavours were nice and fresh, and the dill sour cream accompanied the salmon so very well. But the veloute was so unexpectedly lovely, that it was the dish we fought over...







Main

Roast chicken thigh with soft polenta and field mushrooms

The roast chicken was wonderfully crispy on the top, and the meat tender inside. It was just a very good roast chicken - how do you get it so crisp without deep-frying? The polenta was ok, maybe because we're not big fans of it...




Butternut pumpkin risotto with garlic prawns and candied pumpkin seeds
I was very happy with my pick of the mains. It was just a great example of the importance of good produce (prawns) cooked simply. The risotto was nice and buttery with the sweetness of the pumpkin coming through.






Dessert

Crème Caramel with grapes, raisins and pinenuts
Smooth, creamy crème caramel with a mystery nutty ice cream. Presentation was beautiful. Husband was carefully guarding this dessert...





Strawberry Eton Mess
Meringue, cream, strawberries is just a magic combination. I don't care how simple this is, I can't go past this dessert. It was one of the better versions I've had (another good version was at Cafe Sopra). And the extra scoop of raspberry sorbet, melting into the dessert? Genius!







48 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney

phone: (02) 9212 7979
http://www.restaurantassiette.com.au/
hours: Tue-Sat from 6pm, Fri 12.00pm - 3.00pm

4 comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I agree, it really is the best value in town! And you got the Eton mess too-YAY! I like that they don't seem to skimp on ingredients. Even though it is less epxneisve, you don't feel like you're eating from a restricted menu.

Food.4.two said...

Hi Lorraine,

Definitely agree with you on the menu - I wasn't disappointed with any of the choices at all. I'll definitely be back for the lunch, but also interested in trying they're regular menu...(they've got me hooked!)

chocolatesuze said...

oh boy that looks fab! especially love the eton mess mmm meringue

Food.4.two said...

Hey chocolatesuze,

The meringue was so good! Crunchy but chewy as well......

 

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