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Four in Hand Restaurant

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published December 3rd 2012
The silence of the lamb
Colin Fassnidge heads a kitchen that churns out inspiring dishes at Paddington's Four in Hand. After a delightful dining experience at 4Fourteen a while ago, I knew that I needed to pay Four In Hand a visit as well. The plating, the flavours and the nose-to-tail philosophy are common denominators in both eateries.

First up, we are given an amuse bouche to start. It's a citrusy fish broth made with basil. Fresh and delicate, but also quite pungent, it's the perfect way to begin our meal.

Then we get stuck into the dishes we've ordered. We chose three entrees ($28 each) to share between the four of us. While the waitress told us that these starters are delicate, this is not the case. We could have ordered just two starters, and we would have been fine.

The chicken liver parfait with prosciutto and deboned chicken wings is divine. The incredibly creamy parfait is paired with crispy chicken wings and salty prosciutto. This is definitely my favourite starter of the evening.

Corned beef and watermelon

The Warm Corned Beef with Feta and Watermelon entree marries beautiful and surprising flavours. Topped with fresh greens, it's a vibrant and flavourful dish.

Duck Salad

The Duck Salad is my least favourite of the bunch, but that's not to say it's not good - they're all great dishes. What stands out is the duck sorbet; Fassnidge reveals to me (via Twitter) it's made using the broth from the Peking duck bones, glucose and lime juice. It's very refreshing and acts like a palate cleanser.

12-hour lamb shoulder

Then it's time for the main event. The 12-hour lamb shoulder on the specials menu is intended for two or three people, but it could have comfortably fed us four girls. Served on a large wooden board, the lamb is fall-off-the-bone perfection and tastes absolutely amazing.

Fennel salad on the side

The accompanying colcannon is mind-blowing. Creamy and laced with fresh herbs, it's intensely moreish. The baby carrots with mint yoghurt are also beautiful. There's also a fennel salad with peas, which is already divvied up onto three different plates for us.

Suckling Pig

We also order one serve of the Roast Suckling Pig with Bitter Greens ($39), which also comes with a side of colcannon. Though it's a beautiful dish, the lamb far out-shadows this main.

Dark chocolate petit fours

We're so full at this point that we can't even order dessert. The waitress drops off petit fours of dark chocolate truffles nonetheless. They melt in my mouth and leave a content smile on my face.
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Why? The lamb - oh the lamb!
When: Tue-Sun 12pm-2.20pm, 6.30pm till late
Phone: (02) 9362 1999
Where: 105 Sutherland St, Paddington
Cost: Approximately $60-70 per person, plus drinks
Your Comment
sounds like a good place to go for a gastronomic treat
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 2326 days ago
sounds interesting, even though lamb and duck are not my favourites.
by inero (score: 2|106) 2327 days ago
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