62 Bridge Street, Sydney NSW 2000http://www.etchdining.com
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 tartare with creme fraiche sorbet
Kingfish sashimi served with avocado and wasabi cream
Ballottine of chicken, sauteed baby gem and asparagus, lemon thyme veloute ($30 with glass of wine)
SIMON FAVOURITE :-)
Peppermint tea ($5)
Private dining room
Pretty cool lamp shades
Nice feature clock
Rooster salt holder and table candle
Outside street entrance
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