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Tastevin Bistro & Wine Bar, Darlinghurst

Being a mother of two toddlers, my friend opted to celebrate her 30th by having a quiet lunch somewhere close to home with family and close friends.

When she mentioned that she was holding it at Tastevin, I perked up having been there for a special 13-course provincial French Christmas lunch a year ago. She had never been there before and was relieved to hear that I had nothing but good things to say about the restaurant/bar.

Tastevin

Tastevin

I remember gushing over the look of Tastevin’s menu – a year later and I still find myself falling in love again with it (lame I know… but it’s the little things right?).

My friends ordered some bread for the table, but I didn’t dare to eat any, as I was sure my dish choices would really fill me up; I was told that it was pretty nice though.

Terrine de Campagne and Smoked Salmon

Terrine de Campagne and Smoked Salmon

E ordered the Terrine de Campagne with Cornichons and Grilled Baguette ($15), which a deliciously meaty and hardly had any of that strong aftertaste you’d sometimes get from terrines and pates. I’m still baffled why there is never enough bread to go with such a dish – is it a conspiracy?!

M had the Smoked Salmon with Beetroot, Horseradish and Chive Chantilly ($15). I was throwing envious looks her way at the gorgeous colours on her plate – it didn’t help when she said the salmon was really fresh and tasted divine.

I think she took pity on me and let me have a bit of a taste. It was as good as it looked and was delicately well-balanced.

Tastevin's Gnocchi a la Parisienne ($15)

Tastevin’s Gnocchi a la Parisienne ($15)

This is partially the reason why I had “saved” some stomach space – I know gnocchi is fairly filling and I wasn’t sure how big the entree size was.

I was surprised to see that it was actually a gnocchi bake (something I’ve never seen before), but I definitely wouldn’t say no to it. I adored the mild cheesiness of the dish and super soft pillows of gnocchi that simply dissolved in the mouth.

The dish was deceptively small looking; I was already a little full from it!

Seasonal Greens and Pommes Frites ($7 each)

Seasonal Greens and Pommes Frites ($7 each)

We ordered some seasonal greens and a bowl filled to the brim with super crispy shoe-string fries for sides to our main course.

The broccoli with bread crumbs was amazing in its simplicity.

Confit Duck Leg ($25)

Confit Duck Leg ($25)

The confit duck leg was accompanied with parsnip puree, red cabbage choucroute and ju gras. I have to be honest: I can’t remember what my friend said about this dish, but I’m sure it was really delicious as when I looked again, his plate was clean empty.

Beef Burgundy Pie ($25)

Beef Burgundy Pie ($25)

I think was I too enamoured with his fiancée’s pie: it was another domed pie!! That and I was waiting for her to cut into it to see what was inside.

The flaky-encrusted pie had a porcini pomme mousseline on top of all that scrumptiously super tender beef; absolutely brilliant.

Kingfish Fillet a la Provencale ($25)

Kingfish Fillet a la Provencale ($25)

My main dish was the Kingfish fillet a la provencale with a ratatouille aumoniere. I must confess, I mostly ordered this because of the ratatouille as it reminded me of that sweet Pixar movie.

The dish was more than I expected. I loved the warm, vibrant colours, the freshness of the ingredients and the well-seasoned, well-cooked kingfish. I was surprised just how home-y it felt – that it was cooked with a lot of love and I revelled in it like a cat in a field of catnip.

Despite my fullness, I had planned to order a chocolate dessert when I was advised that perhaps I should save some room for the birthday cake. Oops, I kind of forgot about it when I saw the dessert list.

Tastevin is a pretty cosy restaurant that’s totally family-friendly with a great relaxed atmosphere. The food was fantastic – so fresh and wonderfully packed with flavour – and I think the food is actually better than what we had last year.

I feel like I had underestimated the restaurant last time I was here and am definitely dragging anyone willing (or not) along for another delicious feast (complete with their desserts!).

Tastevin Bistro & Wine Bar
Level 1 292 – 294 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
Ph: (02) 9356 3429
Web: http://www.tastevin.com.au/

Comments

  1. Amy says:

    What stunning photos! I think I’d have to order the salmon (talk about art on a plate!) and the Kingfish. Great review.

  2. Hello gnocchi, but look at that pie? Was it as huge as it looks?!?!

    1. squishies says:

      Haha it was probably more medium sized, but definitely bigger than I expected.

      My friend was so full after it!

  3. The baked gnocchi looks awesome! I think gnocchi in general is deceiving. Its such a small portion and then you devour to get really full reeeeeally quickly. Totally worth it though haha

    1. squishies says:

      Too true! Sometimes I wonder if those little pillows just goes *whomp* and expands in our bellies haha

  4. ohhh that gnocchi looks yummy! cheesy :)

  5. Jacq says:

    I love Tastevin, especially their gnocchi! You’ve reminded me it’s been ages since I’ve eaten there – time for a revisit I think!

  6. The Yum List says:

    I miss Sydney so much! It seems as though they do everything with class.

  7. Oh, my! Look at all the gorgeous colours on those plates. Stunning food. If it tasted half as good as it looks then you must have had a seriously great meal!

    1. squishies says:

      Hehe yeah we did – everyone loved the food! Which just made everything more perfect ^_^

  8. sounds lovely, by BF has just had her first baby so it’s we will def be trying out this kid friendly joint :)