Friday, 19 June 2015

Ester - Chippendale, Sydney



Earlier this year, I finally got the chance to try hatted restaurant, Ester, in Chippendale for dear vxdollface's birthday. 

We are the first ones in the restaurant for a weekend lunch, though the place fills up quickly after. As a larger group, we have the banquet menu; this solves the problem of deciding on what to order.

fried chickpeas with rosemary

 house baked bread & butter

The complimentary fried chickpeas are very moreish; great to snack on in anticipation of the meal to come. It's hard not to fill up on bread and butter when it's so good!

roasted oysters 

Roasting adds such a depth of flavour; served still warm, these cooked oysters still retain the texture of the raw version.

chicken liver pate

Not the best person to comment on this dish as I'm not the world's biggest fan of pate

Calamari

Oh-so-tender calamari with peas and 'green goddess' sauce

Pork belly

Clams

wood fired cauliflower with mint and almonds

This was one of my favourite dishes of the day; great charred wood fired flavour and a creamy sauce. 

wood fired steak with bagna cauda and radish

side salad

black sesame and salted caramel semi-freddo 

three milks

Cow's milk pannacotta, sheep milk yoghurt foam and goats milk dulce de leche

An interesting dessert, though not my cup of tea as I'm not a fan of the strong sheep milk yoghurt. However, the delicious creamy salted caramel semi-freddo with black sesame is right up my alley.

Some fantastic food to be had at Ester - I do think it would have been better suited to a smaller group due to the space and the type of food. I'd definitely be back to try out more of the dishes (especially that bone marrow) and to re-visit some favourites (roasted cauliflower!)

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1 comment :

chocolatesuze said...

mmm that steak looks so tender!