Happy Birthday to Me!5/01/2006 12:56:00 AM
Yesterday for lunch my parents and I went to The Brasserie by Phillipe Mouchel at Crown to celebrate my birthday.
This is one of my favourite special occasion restaurants, but I really think you don't need to save it for special occasions, especially if you go at lunch and get the 3 courses plus a side dish for $40-ish deal. Which we always do.
So, when you sit down, they give you fab bread rolls with olive oil and deliciously salty dukkah.
bread, oil, dukkah
Here are our entrées.
Mum's wagyu beef carpaccio - I think it had slivers of apple on top.
Dad had his usual escargots, which were delicious.
I had confit vegetables with a poached egg on top. I was planning on having a VERY BIG main meal, which took 40 minutes to come out, so the waitress recommended that I have a light starter so as not to be bored waiting.
And onto the mains...
Dad's was duck with figs. He said it looked small on the plate, but was extremely filling.
Mum had snapper!
I chose the cassoulet, which comes with a warning that "it takes 40 minutes to prepare and is very filling". It had toulouse sausage, duck, pork and lamb in it, with white beans. Wowza!
Here are our side dishes...
Chips - good God, I love fries!
Watch me work my way through that cassoulet. I did my best, but couldn't finish it.
working my way through
with apologies to phillipe mouchel
Unsurprisingly, being the greedy ho that I am, I still had room for dessert.
I had a chocolate tart with mango sorbet. The tart was very rich, very chocolatey and not sweet at all. It contrasted very well with the light and tangy mango sorbet.
Mum had this fab looking frozen honey nougat terrine thang. It was gorgeous! On reflection, even though my chocolate tart was nice, I probably should have ordered this.
coffee and petits fours
This was such a fabulous meal. I adore The Brasserie!