So another anniversary rolled around, where F and I found ourselves mildly debating just exactly how long we’ve been together for. He’s so dead certain that it’s three years, whereas I’m dead certain that it’s only been two. Although I know I’m correct, I can’t convince him otherwise (he’s so stubborn).
I guess it doesn’t matter in the end; he managed to surprise me by taking me to Blancharu – a restaurant that’s been on my to-eat list for the longest time.
I know we’re degustation ‘hos, usually choosing the largest degustation on offer, but this time we actually chose the smaller option: 4-course degustation for $75. We worked out that where the 7-course degustation is a set menu, the 4-course gives you a choice to pick an entrée, pasta dish, main and dessert from the a la carte menu – effectively we would be sharing a larger-sized, 8 course dinner. Awesome!
Once that was established, it didn’t take us long to choose our dishes (for once).
We thought the dish presentation was most striking, where the mille-fuille was a rather pretty centre piece.
The crab was wonderfully sweet and creamy, accompanied with the refreshing lettuce and tomato, and made for a light, delicious dish.
Our favourite entrée would have to be the ocean trout though; the trout was so fresh, succulent and wonderfully flaky. Combined with the red cabbage, egg yolk zuke and garlic foam, made for a delicately delicious and refreshing dish.
The soba was hectic – for something that looks so deceptively simple, it was richly decadent in its creaminess and surprisingly heavy.
We loved the fact that you could faintly smell the truffle emanating from the dish. I took a second to breathe it all in before digging in.
I also loved the use of soba instead of an actual pasta noodle – the texture and flavour profile is a little different, but it made the dish all the more memorable and interesting.
I don’t think I’ve had many dishes with squid ink in them and I have to say that its blackness is a bit confronting. I think F and I both were taken aback with the dish and was a bit hesitant in trying it.
All our doubts disappeared though as soon as we tasted it. It was A-MAZ-ING.
The perfectly seasoned risotto was divinely rich and creamy with a sharp cheesy bite. The batter of the beer battered calamari was super light and crispy – almost like tempura – with perfectly cooked calamari within.
It was super simple, but it definitely packed a punch in flavour. F loved it so much that he’s declared it to be the best risotto he’s ever had (and he’s had a lot!).
The swordfish was cooked quite wonderfully and was perfectly seasoned. While the salad was pretty good, it was the sauce that blew our minds. It was so zesty, refreshing and had so much flavour; the fish tasted sweeter all the more for it.
The wagyu was so utterly tender and succulent – something you’d expect from wagyu and would be terribly disappointed if it were anything else.
The sauce added a nice saltiness to the dish overall.
Now, I don’t really fancy lemongrass too much (I know weird for an Asian) and I try to avoid it as much as I can, but F seeing it in a dessert really piqued his interest. I was a bit dubious to say the least.
But of course I had nothing to worry about – the panna cotta was out of this world. The sharpness of the lemongrass was hinted at but not quite there, so there was this wonderful lemony zest playing off the creaminess of the panna cotta.
The pineapple added a nice sweet-sourness to the dish and the coconut sorbet was absolutely heavenly.
The components of the dessert worked quite well on their own, but once combined it was simply a spoonful of perfection.
Sadly the peach compote, while quite tasty in its own right, was totally outshone by the panna cotta. Unfortunately, it was outshone so much… we can’t really remember what it tasted like.
Blancharu welcomes you quite whole-heartedly and has a friendly and attentive wait staff. The food is so fresh and while most of the dishes we had were quite delicious, there were a few that really surprised us and made us really fall in love with its creativity and simplicity.
Shop 1, 21 Elizabeth Bay Road,
Elizabeth Bay NSW 2011
Ph: (02) 9360 3555