To say that Andy and I were in for a treat was an understatement!
Three hours of feasting on some of the finest native, gourmet foods that the land Down Under has to offer, overlooking a perfect Sydney beach, at sunset.
Nothing can prepare you for the start of this gastronomic adventure. Thomas, your chef has been preparing food for hours, making sure that not a single thing has been left to chance.
As we walked up to the front door, we knew that this was going to be something special! We were quickly ushered to our table where a line of 12 empty glasses awaited us, which hid an array of culinary delights that were to await our taste buds over the next few hours. It was at this point that we noticed that we might be a little longer than we had originally expected. The awaiting menu ensured we had no plans of moving in a hurry.
After getting settled, Debra, our guide brought out the first of our Australian treats, a delicious little cocktail made from quandong (I wish my local bar made this!) and began to introduce us to the various different stops along the way – she made sure that she knew what we were interested in trying on the night and what we might want to avoid. In our case, this was not needed, we were in boots and all – we wanted to try everything! From kangaroo, emu and crocodile to yabbies and barramundi and all complimented with local limes, herbs and edible flowers.
Then it was down to the serious matter of eating – our favourite part! The dishes started to arrive and the wine started to flow! Debra has spent many hours ensuring that the perfect Australian wines have been selected, each added to the beauty of the food, perfectly. They complimented each course like a perfect choir and when the kangaroo course came to challenge our taste buds, the Cabernet merlot was there to make sure we were not in any doubt as to why it was selected.
Many people, us included always seem to gravitate to the same familiar wines every time. People go with what they know and love. The degustation menu gives you a chance to ‘let go’ and let the experts guide you through combinations of food and wine that you might not have normally chosen for yourself.
With the courses drawing to an end, it was decided that a decent pause was in order before we made the final plunge from savoury main courses to the sweet delights of desert.
Even though it was the last course, Thomas still had some surprises up its sleeve. He had created not one but two deserts and with a little desert wine to savour with it, well, we were in heaven!
All in all, we had a great night out. This experience is perfect either as an introduction to Australian food for friends from abroad or as the perfect midweek treat for you and a friend – I can not think of a better way to spend your evening than experiencing the best native cuisine that Australia has to offer.