Friday, June 4, 2010

Bistrode: Surry Hills

Sorry dear readers, I've been remiss in updating the blog - I've just been so busy! 
My husband and I recently celebrated our birthdays with a big bash, but more on that another time.

But we had a nice quiet dinner tonight at Bistrode in Surry Hills - it was a bit impromptu, as we were hoping to go to our usual birthday treat, Billy Kwong, but it was closed - all we saw were covered up windows!  So we opted for another place around the corner.

Bistrode is owned by Jane and Jeremy Strode, who are regular contributors to the Good Living insert in the SMH.  It has been awarded One Chef's Hat in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.  It's nice to go to a place that is still quite reasonably priced, and serves quite fabulous food.  We didn't have a reservation, but we were able to be seated at the bar at this small, cosy bistro.  Here's an account of our meal.. :)

We start with some sourdough bread...

Then we ordered a side of chips, that we asked to come as a starter, because we were hungry but we didn't want to order an entree....we were saving room for dessert!

The chips were delicious.  These handcut chips still had the skin on, were very crispy on the outside, and soft and mushy on the inside and well seasoned, and they were just a perfect starter.


My husband ordered the Petuna Ocean Trout, Savoy Cabbage and Bacon.  The cabbage was tender, but still had a bit of crunch in some bits, which is how I like my cabbage.  The skin of the ocean trout was crisp, and the flesh was cooked to a beautiful coral pink, not overdone at all.  The taste of the dish was fresh and well balanced.

Petuna Ocean Trout, Savoy Cabbage and Bacon

I came into the restaurant feeling like I wanted to eat a big steak...and I did!  I ordered a Grass Fed Scotch Fillet (with Roast Bone Marrow).  The steak was just beautiful...the fat melted in my mouth.  There was a not a piece of the steak that was dry or chewy, the whole piece of meat just broke away in my mouth.  I'm not sure I'm a big fan of the Bone Marrow, but you can take it or leave it - it comes separate.

Grass Fed Scotch Fillet (with Roast Bone Marrow)
Finally, dessert.  I've been meaning to come back here to try the Honey Tart and Peanut Butter Ice Cream, their signature dessert.  It's very sweet, and I made a valiant effort to finish it, but just couldn't.  It's definitely a dish to share, and you have to really like honey, as the tart is like eating a whole bottle of Honey.  The Peanut Butter Ice Cream was a good foil to the sweetness of the tart.  

Can I just make a comment on the tart shell?  (I've been up to my arms in sweet shortcrust pastry over the past few weeks).  The tart shell was so buttery and flaky, and thin...I really do appreciate very well made pastry - after having some dodgy, stodgy thick, floury versions, this was one of the best pastries I've had.

Honey Tart and Peanut Butter Ice Cream
It was a nice way to celebrate my birthday...we'll be back again!

478 Bourke Street, Surry Hills 2010
ph: (02) 9380 7333
Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 6pm and for lunch on Friday from midday


chocolatesuze said...

happy birthday! yum that steak looks amazing

missklicious said...

Those chips look perfect!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Happy Birthday to the both of you! I definitely appreciate good pastry too. The chips look really moreish -almost like double fried or like ones cooked in duck fat *drool*


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