Estelle Restaurant & Bar… great new dining experience!

Wow, it’s been ages since I’ve been so thrilled by a restaurant.  I’d heard good things about Estelle Bar & Kitchen prior to going but the dinner itself was spectacular!  I was there for a friend’s birthday dinner which started out in the sunny courtyard for a few drinks then up to the private dining room.

Prior to the degustation starting, we were given little snacks… I don’t quite remember exactly what they were but they were very good, especially the little sticks (bottom right of the photo below).

Dish 1:  Beetroot, ashed goats cheese & orange.  A light start to the meal, well balanced and tasty.

Dish 2: Smoked eel, camomile & carrot.  The eel was delicately smoky and offset with the light camomile cream.

Dish 3: Yellowfin tuna, horseradish & red cabbage, or blue eye bakala, fennel & lemon.  The tuna was superb – it was coated in what seemed like mini rice crispies which had a wonderful texture.  The blue eye was salted and had a great tangy lemony flavour.  My understanding of “bakala” is that it is a Portugese way of salting fish.

Dish 4: White asparagus, 63 degree egg & brioche crumbs.  Most of you would know that I don’t eat eggs, so I had a different version of this dish was which topped with a cauliflower sausage (I initially thought it was silky tofu).

Dish 5: King salmon, peas, mint and purple shiso. Fish was perfectly cooked, flavours were in harmony.  A fantastic dish.

Dish 6:  A taste of new season’s lamb, or saddle of kangaroo, celeriac & baby turnips.  The token meat dish both were cooked superbly and with lovely accompanying vegetables.

Dish 7:   Strawberries, basil & vanilla.  Lovely icy dessert to ease us into the sweets.

Dish 8:  Summer berries, rose & musk.  I love this dessert.  It looks beautiful and it tasted fresh and summery.  The chips of rose and musk atop a berry ice cream and fresh berries – yum!

Dish 9:  Sour cream, pumpkin & salted caramel.  Soft pieces of cake topped with sour cream and pumpkin and caramel sauce – it was a nice way to end the dinner.

These words describe my overall experience of Estelle: delicate, enchanting, and well balanced.  This is a great dining experience, and at a very reasonable price for the quality of food.  Get in there before it gets too popular!

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2 thoughts on “Estelle Restaurant & Bar… great new dining experience!”

  1. wow, this is in my neighbourhood … look amazing.
    Bacala` is both dried salted cod in Italy or bacalhau in Portugal.
    We used to make it a lot on Good Friday but my grandfather used to make this amazing dish of beaten bacala` with garlic, lemon and parsley that was stunning. Ah memories…thanks JC 🙂

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