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Published May 3rd 2018
French feast for your eyes and taste buds
The Barangaroo dining precinct is fast becoming Sydney's newest harbour foreshore playground for the trendiest dining options. Ete is a contemporary French restaurant located by the waterfront on Barangaroo Avenue. It offers an impressive menu of contemporary French-Australian cuisine, with dishes designed to be shared.
A seasonal hearty menu with a French twist. Photo supplied
Ete means 'summer' in French. Chef and co-owner Drew Bolton offers an adventurous dining experience with a close linkage to his classical French training. Bolton's experience stems from a list of Michelin starred establishments, having worked at Aria Restaurant under Matt Moran and with the acclaimed Peter Gilmore at Quay before taking on the Executive Chef position at Vine. Growing up in the Blue Mountains, Bolton gained a deep appreciation and respect for quality produce and formed close relationships with local farms and suppliers which reflect heavily on his menu.
This is the place where you will indulge in fine hearty food and Ete makes things a bit easier with its reasonably priced banquet dinner menu and/or Autumn lunch specials, good wine selections, gorgeous view and attentive services.
Sydney was a bit cool this Autumn evening and from afar, we could see the restaurant emitted a soft warm amber glow through the glass panels. Ete has a light airy relaxing setting and it was certainly inviting.
There was a large wall installation at the entrance and it was artfully decorated with seasonal floral arrangements. I noticed the interior decoration used a lot of white and it contrasted dramatically with the full-height wall murals by the Chicago-based artist John Zabawa. The back wall was also lined with more abstract arts.
Bolton has conceptualised Ete with quarterly seasonal installations of produce and flowers. This means Ete's menu, wine list and interiors will change with the seasons and together they will transport diners on a multi-sensory dining experience!
The place was already bustling with activities when we arrived but the noise was kept at a reasonable level. I noticed Ete has a well-stocked bar filled with local and imported French wines and spirits.
The manager looked after us well by offering us a glass of sparkling wine after we were seated. This Petite Cordon by Maison Mumm (an acclaimed French Champagne House) was an elegant pre-dinner drink with delicate fruitiness and purity.
Assiette de charcuterie, selection of house made and artisan produced charcuterie $44; Terrine Du Jour $18 Terrine of the day, roast grape & pomegranate chutney
Our Assiette de charcuterie was filled with different types of aromatic cured meats. The salami was delicately sliced and together with the terrine of the day, pomegranate chutney and artisan bread, it definitely satisfied our taste buds.
For entrees, we had the prawns and the blue eye trevalla to start. The grilled king prawns looked and tasted sumptuous. There was no heavy seasoning, so it showcased the ingredient at its finest moment.
Blue Eye, oyster & mustard beurre blanc, coastal succulents $39
As expected, the fish was beautifully presented and that oyster and mustard beurre blanc sauce was divine! Slightly salty yet creamy on the palate and complimented the fish fillet beautifully. We did find the Blue Eye tasted a bit dry on its own, but the sauce made up for the shortfall. The coastal succulents was a surprising ingredient and I really enjoyed the texture.
Gnocchi parisienne, roasted squash, golden raisins, pine nuts $32
Our vegetarian friend certainly enjoyed her gnocchi Parisienne. The gnocchi was lightly pan-fried and served with roasted squash golden raisins, zucchini slices and crunchy pine nuts. It looked outrageously decadent. Our friend said it just buttery enough to feel rich without being too heavy.
Slow braised lamb neck, ancient grains, roast carrots, navarin sauce
That lamb shoulder was braised so well, it fell off the bone with minimal effort. It tasted tender and fatty, in a warm and filling way, without leaving a heavy aftertaste. Those ancient grains and roasted carrots were so delicious that they kind-of out-shined the lamb neck.
This mini dessert cart is a shining example of the power of visual stimulation. The entire table was mesmerized when the waitstaff placed a mini cart on the table and the board was filled with a colourful array of artistic decadent possibilities.
The problem was which one to start! There was two small creme brulees, chocolate mousse tarts, two different types of refreshing sorbets, mini macarons, meringue pops, chocolate cake, coffee eclairs and an irresistible sugar dust trail for you to nibble on. It was indeed a comprehensive dessert platter. I liked the meringue pop the best, although it isn't perhaps quite as refined as the other desserts.
It was my sister's birthday and she certainly received care and attention from the moment she stepped through the door. Ete team spoilt her further with a birthday candle on the dessert platter. She felt very special and had a wonderful time.
With Mother's Day coming up, this is truly an ideal restaurant to celebrate the special occasion. Ete is offering a French-style Mother's Day banquet for $79 per person. The dishes will be similar to our dinner, the dessert cart is included! Please see HERE for more details and booking.
Special Autumn weekday lunch menu with a glass of wine for $29