Friday, May 13, 2005

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today is my dad’s birthday, and we went to The Brasserie in Crown for lunch. It’s such a fab restaurant. They’ve got a 3 courses for $41.90 lunch deal which provides excellent value.

This morning before we left I got a bit excited and started surfing through the menu on the net... The Brasserie at Crown

We sat outside on the terrace, watching kids run through the fountain and enjoying the chilly sunshine.


Bread rolls - served with olive oil and a spice/salt mix

They were soft, crusty, well flavoured and with a lovely grainy toothsome texture.


Dad

James Boag’s Beer


Snails Provençale tomato fondue, garlic and parsley butter sauce 16.50
Poêlon d’escargots à la Provençale et au beurre d’escargots

I tried one of these snails. They were garlicky and buttery and fabulous. And the texture was like a mussel.


Pan-fried tenderloin and braised ox cheek with mushrooms 35.00
Filet poêlée et joue braisée en daube pomme de terre et champignons


An upside down soufflé of tropical fruit 16.50
Fruits exotiques-soufflé renversé-brunoise


Mum

Campari & Orange


Country style terrine with duck foie gras, toasted sourdough and onion confiture 18.50
Terrine de campagne et foie gras à la confiture d'oignon, pain de campagne

Pan-fried tenderloin and braised ox cheek with mushrooms 35.00
Filet poêlée et joue braisée en daube pomme de terre et champignons

I actually ordered this tenderloin for myself, but when it came I realised it had bacon in the sauce. ICK! So mum graciously took it and I took her duck.


Apricot and almond 'clafouti' with pistachio ice cream 15.00
Abricots clafouti glacé pistache


Daniel

Gin & Tonic

Snails Provençale tomato fondue, garlic and parsley butter sauce 16.50
Poêlon d’escargots à la Provençale et au beurre d’escargots


Porterhouse maître d’hôtel or béarnaise sauce, French fries 32.00
Entrecôte maître d’hôtel ou béarnaise, pommes frîtes béarnaise

I was nearly gonna order this steak. Glad I didn't. I don't really like bernaise sauce, I've discovered. I can't understand why Nigella's says that her dying wish is for a steak bernaise... Also, even though it doesn't look like a lot, even my brother couldn't finish his steak.

Daniel: This is a meal made for MEN. No salad, no vegetables, just meat and chips.


Traditional rum baba, Chantilly cream 14.50
Baba au rhum tradition, crème Chantilly

Alcoholic much? I had a bite of this, it was SOAKED in rum. Daniel was almost drunk by the end of it.


Me

Campari & Orange


Blue and goat’s cheese soufflé, crispy cos lettuce salad 16.50
Soufflé gratiné au bleu et fromage de chêvre, coeur de romaine

Yu-huh, yu-huh, yu-huh. This was beautiful!!!


Duck canard
Pan-fried breast with honey, spices and sautéed vegetables 34.00
Poitrine poêlée au miel, aux légumes sauce épicée

The duck was a bit tough, not fatty enough for my liking. But the sauce and vegies were fab.


Strawberry and vanilla iced meringue 14.50
Vacherin glacé fraise et vanille

This dessert was absolutely amazing! It's cinnamon flavoured whipped cream piped around the outside, with a layer of strawberry sorbet above a layer of vanilla ice-cream. Beneath this is a fine dice of mango, strawberry and kiwi fruit, which sits on top of a meringue. There was a sweet pool of berry sauce on top of it.

Sides:

Sautéed seasonal mushrooms 6.50
Champignons sautés

French fried potatoes 4.50
Pommes de terre frîtes

Mesclun salad with French, olive oil or balsamic vinaigrette 7.50
Salade de mesclun, vinaigrette classique, huîle d’olive citron ou vinaigre balsamique

Daily green vegetables 5.50
Légumes du jour
Fine green beans, lovely and buttery.


It was so delicious! But I was so full, we came straight home and I went straight to bed.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

although it's 2:10am, i feel compelled to comment upon the sexist comment made my your bro, haha. he is very much mistaken- what makes him think that women want bird-food salad and vegetables? PUH-LEASE!! a juicy, red steak and good chips are perfection :D

by the way, glad you went for the souffle' option, and the dessert sounds FAB!

Sarah said...

Hehe...

My response to my brother's comment.

Daniel: This is a meal made for MEN. No salad, no vegetables, just meat and chips.

Sarah: Yes. Men, and Nigella. Now give me some chips, dammit!

Anonymous said...

I love the site and that meal is very impressive - love the serving plates too! I hope it tasted as good as it looks.