Price: High ($180pp - luckily we had a discount)
Service: Pass (very friendly)
Amuse - Yellowfin tartare, wasabi, lemon (no photo?)
Scampi, cucumber, chili, croutons, peach, shisho, ocean trout, roe
Pea soup, mud crab, sterling caviar, cucumber, tarragon
Squid, mussels, fennel, jamon
Paragonian Toothfish, capsicum, eggplant, smoked almond
Duck, nectarine, endive, carrot, honey
Blackmore Full Blood Wagyu, onion, pickled radish, pine mushroom, jus gras
Mango, coconut, lime, lychee
Passionfruit, soufflé, crème anglaise, passionfruit and banana sorbet
Blackberry, pistachio, white chocolate, blackcurrant
We are sure we ate at Guillaume almost 15 years ago but found it unexciting. Having said that the people we thought we went with said we weren't there... that's a bit awkward.
There's a reason why Guillaume and others of his ilk are still around despite the extremely competitive restaurant scene.
For us Guillaume on this occasion was a cut above most of the places we've eaten at. Not superfluously creative or overly technical but excellent execution and bold, tasty flavours.
Amuse - nice
Scampi - Peaches and scampi. Great.
Pea soup - good
Squid - not the strongest dish but still strong
Toothfish - finally toothfish that isn't smothered in miso (although we really like that too). Capsicum soup was a good touch.
Duck - tasty
Wagyu - very tasty. One of us had a really good cut, the other had a decent cut maybe a bit too much fat/"marbling". Mash potato is really smooth and creamy too. We only had a small bit. The dude next to us had tennis ball sized servings...must've been a regular.
Mango - so simple but so tasty
Passionfruit - this was a bit of a let down. Passionfruit and banana sorbet clashed with our tongue. The crème anglaise in the soufflé was ok but didn't really need to be there. A straight out passionfruit soufflé with a creamy ice cream would have done us.
Blackberry - Really, really good. This is like Sepia's "Chocolate Forest" but so understated and doesn't leave you feeling like you've been hit with a truck. Doesn't seem to have as many techniques as the Chocolate Forest but doesn't need it. Clear thought, great combinations.