30 January 2011

Etch: Fast Festival Feast, CBD Sydney (12 Jan 2011)

62 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000

Nice decor for a quick meal

Throughout the Festival, between 12 noon and 1 pm and/or 6 pm and 7 pm, visit any of the Fast Festival Feasts restaurants listed and receive a main course with a glass of Stoneleigh wine, a Kronenbourg 1664 beer or a bottle of Tasmanian Rain water for just $30 (inc GST).

Thanks to Madam Wu for my birthday gift at the 1 hatted Etch restaurant— one of my favourite presents is being taken out to dine. Arriving at 6 pm we theoretically had 1 hour on the clock to take advantage of the Fast Festival Feast but there didn't seem to be any rush to leave after 7 pm, perhaps because they weren't overly busy. Starting with a nicely presented entree special of the day of Kingfish prepared three ways ($20) it was a little challenging to share the small portions but we did our best interpretation of MasterChef judge George in dividing it up. The Kingfish sashimi had the most flavour but I was more a fan of the deep fried croquette along with the silky smooth avocado mousse — a dozen of these would have gone down well.

The Festival promoted main of Ballottine of chicken, sauteed baby gem and asparagus, lemon thyme veloute ($30 with glass of wine) was fairly substantial in size with nice flavours although for some reason I was expecting a more elegant smooth sausage like form rather than the large rustic chicken pieces. It seemed nicely matched with the quaffable Stoneleigh Pinot Grigio. A reasonably priced side of Provencal potatoes, aged prosciutto, smoked garlic mayonnaise ($9) was full of flavour and helped make the whole meal quite filling. Peppermint tea ($5) is made from real leaves and the nicely made roasty flavoured Cappuccino ($5) had thankfully little bitterness. Service was friendly, efficient and surprisingly quite down-to-earth. The comfortable dining area had a nice ambient feel with its mood lighting and chic decorative elements.

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PROS: Friendly and professional service, Nice decor, Well presented dishes, Interesting menu
CONS: $30 main and drink deal only available during January
MUST TRY: Provencal potatoes with aged prosciutto and smoked garlic mayonnaise

Kingfish prepared three ways ($20 special of the day)

Kingfish tartare with creme fraiche sorbet

Kingfish sashimi served with avocado and wasabi cream

Kingfish croquette

Avocado mousse

Ballottine of chicken, sauteed baby gem and asparagus, lemon thyme veloute ($30 with glass of wine)

Stoneleigh Pinot Grigio

Provencal potatoes, aged prosciutto, smoked garlic mayonnaise ($9)

Cappuccino ($5)

Peppermint tea ($5)

Lounge area

Private dining room

Pretty cool lamp shades

Nice feature clock

Rooster salt holder and table candle

Welcoming rooster

Outside street entrance

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joey@forkingaroundsydney said...

What a shame dessert wasn't part of the meal, as theirs are wonderful!

Miss Piggy said...

Gah! I only found out about these festival feasts last night...when it was too late. I am so out of the loop. I hope they do them next year.

Ashley said...

Wow, your pictures are just gorgeous! It all looks so delicious and I LOVE mint tea with real leaves, had it all the time in coffee shops when I was in Germany for a couple of months.... :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

The food at Etch is excellent and even better that you could eat there as part of the festival of Sydney!

Tina@foodboozeshoes said...

That's one heck of a chicken dish. Not quite elegant though :D

I didn't make any Fast Festival Feasts this year... :(

thang @ noodlies said...

what were the bubbles around the Ballottine of chicken, Simon?

Makan1976 said...

This place looks cool. And, the kingfish looks yummy in all styles. Never knew that there was a festival feasts.....sob...try again in 2012.

Francesca said...

fantastic review. the food looks delectable!

F. (opinionslave.blogspot.com) x

Viv said...

I had the fast festival feast at Etch this year too but our ballontine was VERY different to that. How weird..

Corinne @ Gourmantic said...

Everything looks delectable here, except the chicken... Nice decor, I like that feature clock, nice match with the wall paper!

Simon Leong said...

hi joey, we were tempted for the dessert but the chicken dish pretty much filled us up.

hi melbatoast, they do them every year. best to sign up to the Sydney Festival newsletter :-)

hi ashley, can't beat real leaves for the taste :-)

hi lorraine, i hope to try more of the menu one day.

hi tina, there's always next year and March into Merivale is just around the corner for more meal deals.

hi thang, not sure but maybe it was the lemon thyme veloute foamed up? fancy places with their fancy foams :-)

hi makan1976, keep them in mind for next year. some special deals to be had.

hi Francesca, glad to hear you enjoyed the review.

hi viv, did you take a photo of yours? was it before or after 12 Jan? how interesting that it was different to what i had.

hi corinne, great decor. i felt very welcomed and at ease sitting in the area.

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