Monday, December 12, 2005

Bistro Moncur - Sydney

Introduction: An ex Melbournian Damien Pignolet has a very French bistro in the heart of Woolharra.
Ambience: Unpretentious, the usual paper covered table cloths, a family style place

Service: Prompt and attentive

Food: Both the French onion souffle gratin
and the crab omelette are fabulous dishes. The minute steak w wine merchants sauce is a delight to the taste buds and was tender too. The sirloin with cafe de paris butter, one of his signature dishes was also tops though I find the butter all together too spicy- what can I say!

After a second visit I now have some reservations about the sirloin. They were really not able to serve the meat 'warm blue', merely very rare and it certainly was no longer a top dish.

Duck rillettes a sort of coarse duck pate with beetroot relish, cornichons (litte pickles) and sourdoughtoast was very good and I thoroughly enjoyed the braised honeycomb tripe in a sort of a soup with chorizo, tomato chickpeas and aioli
Honey comb tripe
Mandarin souffle light as a feather and tasty too
Berries on custard filled puff pastry no complaints here

Wine: A Hardy's pinot noir under a special label (Woodforth) 2002 was a fine accompaniment for the meal and only $25

Price: As with most Sydney restaurants it seems Entree about $17 Mains about $28 to $38 - Around $55 for two courses plus wine

Comments: They don't take bookings. No problem if you arrive soon after opening but it fills quickly

No longer on my list of must come back to My original score of 16.5 was over generous
Score: 14/20

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that review underestimates this restaurant, it is excellent and the new bit upstairs is also fabulous!