You've heard of French fine dining, and you've heard of Japanese fine dining. But have you heard of French-Japanese fine dining? I know I hadn't until my boyfriend took us to Blancharu at Elizabeth Bay for dinner.
I have to say, considering that I've had, and loved, experiences of both French and Japanese fine dining - I had huge expectations for Blancharu. Much was at stake. And I have to say - not any was lost. I quite simple loved every bit of it.
Entrées each person receives one of each dish 1. Mirrin-infused egg yolk with truffle polenta, Serrano ham and parmesan foam 2. Truffle-infused kumara gnocchi with citrus sauce 3. Soupe à l'oignon with beef cheek
Main choice of one each 4a. Le canard (duck) with dukka and jus
4b. Grilled barramundi with sautéed bok choy, and seaweed-blended sauce 4c. Roasted spatchcock, chestnut and cheese craft with risotto with boudin noir
Dessert 5. Chef's dessert
My favorite of the entrees would have to be the Mirrin-infused egg yolk with truffle polenta, Serrano ham and parmesan foam. It was my first time having anything quite like it - definitely unique, and definitely a small dish I'd love to have again.
For our mains, we went for the duck and spatchcock (which we were informed was a younger chicken, and thereby more tender). Both loved the duck, but even more so the spatchcock. It was smooth, tender, and the flavours sat just right on the palette. Perfect.
More than the excellent food, I was very happy with the customer service and the atmosphere. The staff were warm and very professional, opening doors, offering to take pictures, and were polite when there were some confusions with the order.
What's more, I adored the huge window where seats and cushions were set up for seating. With the rain pit-pattering softly, mixed with the Michael Buble's voice inside the restaurant, it was the picture of romance.
My final words for Blancharu? Sophisticated, and simply delightful.