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Pressed Lobster at Pressoir D’Argent, Bordeaux

When I’d heard that Pressoir D’Argent had a lobster press (and apparently there are not that many in the world), I had to check it out.   What is a lobster press?  It’s a heavy silver contraption that you put the cooked lobster shells into and press it (manual turning of a handle) to get all the lobstery goodness out.

That aside (yes, sounds like a strange novelty!), the restaurant was great.  Hard to believe they were awarded only 1 Michelin star considering the restaurant was gorgeous, the service was impeccable and the food was some of the best I’d ever had (innovative and tasty).

Upon arrival, we had a lovely glass of champagne and a few small treats including gold dusted macadamias (just a bit over the top) and salmon tartare in a crispy cone.

Macadamias in Gold Dustsalmon tartare

For entrees, we had what was described as scallops in foie gras and langoustines and foie gras.  Cooked scallops were encased in a sphere of foie gras and wrapped in savoy cabbage.  It’s then sat on top of a crispy piece of bread, on some tasty foam, and a green sauce.  Whilst it looks a bit weird, it tasted really really good.  The langoustines dish consist of plump juicy langoustines, sandwiching a piece of pan fried foie gras, with foam and champagne/seafood jelly.  Presentation for this was gorgeous, and it tasted fantastic.

Scallops in Foie GrasLangostine with Foie Gras

Then came the lobster.  A few lives ones were presented to us for selection, and then whisked away to be poached.  It all comes back out, and the lobster shells are pressed and the sauce is cooked before us.  The sauce is then served with the poached lobster and a side of rice with veges (so similar looking to Chinese fried rice but didn’t taste anything like it).   The pressed lobster sauce was unbelievably good.  It was like the most intense buttery lobster bisque.

LobsterRice with Veges

We were then given a fruity palate cleanser before moving on to dessert.  For dessert, we ordered what was described as citrus and wow I was totally blown away.  The plate consisted of little pieces of foam, jelly, mousse, biscuit, gelati and cream and it was perfect in every way (balance, texture, taste).  Phenomenally good.

Palate CleanserCitrus

To finish, we had coffee and a beautiful plate of petit fours.  The sweets specialty of Bordeaux is caneles and  we were also given a little box to take away.  The caneles are browned on the outside and a bit chewier, but soft and stickier on the inside.  Very rich consistency, and I can eat lots of them, but in very small bites!

Petit Fours

All up, fantastic dining experience.  All dishes were spectacular and the service was first class.   The restaurant is located in a beautiful building in the main square of Bordeaux.   I loved the star of the dinner, the lobster, and all it’s accompaniments.   If I’m in Bordeaux again, I would re-visit to have the lobster again!

For more info on the lobster press, here’s a link.

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The Atlantic… great seafood cocktail!

Decided to take my mom to Atlantic for her birthday, as she loves Donovan’s (St Kilda) and wanted to try his new restaurant.  First impressions upon walking in is that this is nothing like the casual beachside atmosphere of Donovan’s, instead we have a sophisticated Crown Casino friendly fine dining restaurant.  The decor and furnishing is stunning.

The menu changes daily, but I’m guessing that only applies to fish dishes and that the more steady dishes are seasonal.  We were there mid Jan, and the food was fabulous and fresh.  Note:  I’m naming these dishes based on what I can remember but I’m sure they had nicer/fancier names on the menu!

Started with really great strong entrees such as the “seafood cocktail with lobster, prawn, scallop” – which was totally awesome!  If you’re only going to have one thing whilst there, have this!  The other entree we had was a “crab and cantaloupe cold dish” which was also delicious.

The other dishes were good.  My only criticism of the meal is that the mains are huge!  And given they are quite rich, it may be too much of a good thing.  The three mains we had were grilled fresh snapper (looks scary but tasted very good and was very fresh), panfried hapuka in a seafood broth and snapper cooked with a tomato sauce in a paper bag.

This was the dining experience that prompted me to go back again in the next few weeks for the 5 course crustacean celebration degustation – which turned out to be one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in awhile.

Atlantic – 5 Course Crustacean Celebration

My first visit to Atlantic was so great, I had to go back again ASAP!  I discovered that there was a 5 course “Crustacean Celebration” on at the end of Jan, and booked it in!  Service was friendly and efficient, setting was gorgeous and atmosphere for a Monday night was bustling.

First course was “Golden Beetroot Carpaccio – spanner crab, basil, lemon, beetroot jelly“.  The crab and beetroot were both sweet, which was offset and balanced by the burst of lemon.  It was a great start to the 5 courses.

The “Raviolo of Scallops and Coriander – sauce jacquline” had a wonderfully round and firm ravioli, surrounded by a buttery sauce with veges hidden underneath adding a crunchy texture.  The sauce was the outstanding element that brought the dish together.

The “Slow Cooked Morton Bay Bug Tails – confit fennel, cherry tomatoes, black olive oil, tarragon” good, but unfortunately not my thing as the bugs were slow cooked and therefore very soft in texture.  Looked amazing though!

The next dish, consisted of the most exquisite and perfect lobster I’d had in awhile… “Roasted Tasmanian Crayfish – wagyu beef cheek, kipfler potato, brown onion marmalade, red wine bordelaise“.  The lobster was fresh and had that wonderful taste and consistency.   The sauce, onion marmalade and potato mixed through mashed potato were perfect companions.   Wow and wow.

Dessert was “Honey and Goat’s Cheese Parfait – citrus sable, summer berry salad” which was a nice light way to end the 5 courses.   Pretty as a picture, and tasted lovely.

Overall, Atlantic has stolen my heart.  I’m thoroughly in love with this restaurant.  Sure some may hate on it as it’s a bit pretentious and expensive, but the food is outstanding in freshness and quality, and the cooking is executed well.

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