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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