Top 5 Great Value Degustation Menus (with Wine)
Sometimes it’s great not to have to think about what you want to eat – or drink – to just sit down and say “please feed me”. A multi-course tasting menu, which allows you to try more flavours, can be much more exciting than the limitations of a traditional 3-course scenario. When those dishes are well matched to interesting wines it lifts the experience to a whole new level, providing the chance to discover drinks you might otherwise not have tried. Best of all, there are some remarkably good value degustation menus around town, with matched wine, for under $150.
David Coumont’s passion for Aussie seafood and his wife, Helen’s, passion for wine come together in a 6-course menu including the likes of grilled bonito with cucumber, kohlrabi and bronze fennel and wines ranging from an unfiltered Cotes du Rhone to a mead from the NSW Southern Highlands. $69 ($114 with wine).
Yellow Potts Point
Such is Brent Savage’s mastery of flavour and texture, that even hard-core carnivores won’t miss the meat in his 5-course vegetarian menu. Dishes like beautiful baby radishes and turnips with fennel butter sit alongside some of the best beverage pairings I’ve ever tasted by wine guru Nick Hildebrandt. $70 ($130 with wine).
Clayton Wells slow roasted quail with pumpkin, miso and sumac, or stunning buttermilk ice cream with mandarin, kumquat and black sesame, are lifted to another level by Tim Watkins edgy wine matches, from Sardinian Malvasia di Bossa to delicious Tumbarumba gamay. 5-courses $88 ($148 with wine).
Bishop Sessa Surry Hills
The paddock to plate cooking of Paul Cooper rolls from gin-cured yellowtail kingfish to braised beef with charred mushroom puree and bordelaise sauce, while Erez Gordon’s wine matches include things like a quirky Spanish macabeo-sauv blanc blend. 6-courses $77 ($129 with wine).
Nelly Robinson’s $45 5-course lunch menu ($85 with wine) is superb value and a great introduction to his distinctive cooking: from snapper, miso, sesame and bok choy with German riesling to lemon, blueberry, violet and yoghurt with Japanese green tea plum wine. Dinner for $98 ($178 with wine) is excellent value too.
For a great value Sunday night treat, check out Alessandro Pavoni’s Stressless Sunday Dinner at Ormeggio, 5-courses $79.