One day before New Year's Eve, six pretty and hungry bloggers met up at Etch for the farewell of Miss. J who was moving to Melbourne *weeps*.
We had the tasting menu/degustation which includes 6 courses, amuse bouche and pre dessert for $90 (I think it's $100 now after the new year).
I really liked the vintage farm styled decor with a touch of elegance.
Of course, we didn't forget to order drinks as well.
Flower Fizz $18
Hibiscus flower, rose syrup with sparkling wine. The hibiscus flower looked like a pretty little fish swimming in the pink coloured wine. The flower was surprisingly juicy and sweet, like biting into a crunchy mangosteen.
Ginger Mojito $18
White rum, lime, mint and ginger.
2009 Pemberton Picardy Chardonnay $15
Chilled tomato consommé with tomato jelly and coriander. I remember fishing out the little cubes of tomato jelly. The taste is very subtle but fun to eat. Most of the tomato-ey taste is in the consommé.
Endive Salad, Pea Shoots, Walnuts, Orange, Creamed Taleggio
A tasty, salad with taleggio cheese to balance out all the healthiness.
Yellow Fin Tuna Carpaccio with Gazpacho Vinaigrette
A refreshing and colourful entree to tantalise your taste buds in preparation for the heavier dishes to come.
Baked Snapper, Squid, Cauliflower Bhaji, Curry Emulsion
I was kinda scared of this dish at first because it reminded me of the curry sauce I had at The Devonshire (the only dish I didn't like there). The curry emulsion was light, unlike what I thought it would be and went well with the juicy baked snapper.
Caramelised Pig's Head, Crispy Prawn, Granny Smith with Cider Vinegarette
This is the part where I start to get a bit full and so I get more picky with my food. The caramelised pig's head was a bit too oily for my liking but was neutralised with the granny smith which I wish they provided more of.
Crispy Lamb Belly, Slow Roasted Rump, Peas, Artichoke and Mint
Not a big fan of lamb because most of the time it has a gamey taste. This one was not, fortunately.
Pea Risotto with Smoked Swiss Brown Butter
Miss. J doesn't eat lamb so this was her chosen replacement. I had a spoonful to taste and god, I wish I got it too. The risotto was very creamy and flavoursome with a rich aroma of smoked brown butter.
A pre dessert served on a slate slab containing a petite orange maracon, orange jube like jelly with orange syrup.
Caramel Date Tart, Burnt Butter Ice Cream, Earl Grey Tea Syrup
We were all eyeing the lolly tray as extra dessert after the degustation but everyone was near bursting so that was a fail plan :( Oh well, next time!
Location: 62 Bridge Street, Sydney 2000
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - late, Saturday 5pm - late
Phone: 02 9247 4777