Price: Slightly high ($88 per person)
Score: 7/10 (was teetering on a 6 earlier in the evening)
L'artisan "mountain man" washed rind, white onion, smoked potato, bacon, thyme
Squid in crackers, trout roe, cucumber
"English breakfast tea and toast" , wild mushroom tea, gentleman's relish, bone marrow toast
Social "dog", pork and fennel sausage, green apple, black pudding, cheddar, mustard
Queensland spanner crab, frozen cucumber gazpacho, rhubarb
Crispy skin mulloway, pippies, baked potato dashi
Hapuka, cauliflower cheese puree, gin, seaweed, kohirabi
Wagyu rib eye, miso butterscotch, eggplant, sprouting broccoli
Brined and roasted Berkshire pork chop, sugarloaf cabbage, sweet and sour turnips
Chocolate and peanut bar, caramel and banana ice cream
Yoghurt mousse, lemon curd, malt meringue, basil
Baked caramelised apple puff pastry, cider vinegar ice cream, pickled apple
East Rydge Grove arbequina olive oil cake, coconut sorbet, spiced mango, passionfruit ice
Berry's creek Riverine Blue, Davidson plum, caramelised puff pastry
Photo credits = AH
The menu is "designed to share" the serving sizes aren't. We'd recommend the L'artisan bread, couple of small dishes then Hapuka or rib eye then dessert.
Half way through the dinner we commented to AH that it was a bit dull flavour wise. Luckily the hapuka, beef and desserts were good quality and well executed allowing us to finish the meal on a high.
Blow by blow
L'artisan - good
Squid ink - tasted like prawn cracker
Social dog wasn't social, so small.
English breakfast - mushroom tea was tasty, the rest...tasty as well we guess
Flavours were generally not exciting but still good quality meats.
Spanner crab - AH ate this
Crispy skin mulloway - skin wasn't crispy (fail) but fish was cooked decently
Hapuka - tasty
Rib eye - good, not creative but good
Pork - tasty but could do it at home (maybe not exactly the same but the essence would be there)
Chocolate and peanut bar - tasty
Yoghurt mousse - basically a bombe Alaska
Apply puff pastry - really good