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An Exceptional Truffle Themed 5 Courses Dining Experience
If you like truffle, you certainly should not pass this special limited truffle degustation dining experience at Gazebo Wine Bar.
Gazebo is a cosy posh wine bar located in Elizabeth Bay. It is known for its relaxed atmosphere and they host a great variety of special themed meals. The buzz ingredient this winter seems to be the precious black truffle!
Every Wednesday night during the Australian fresh truffle season, Gazebo offers a limited 5 courses cheese & truffle degustation menu. The costs for the 5 courses is $75 per person or $95 with matching wines. Due to popular demand, Gazebo decided to add 3 more nights in August. This is really your last chance to get your truffle fix on Wednesday 3rd / 10th / 17th August 2016.
Therefore, I absolutely adore a dégustation meal because I know I will be sampling small portions of all of chef's signature dishes in one sitting. I enjoy tasting various high culinary foods that appeal to all senses, however it must be done with exceptionally good dining companions. There is nothing more torturous than sitting through a 3 hours degustation meal with someone who you can't have a conversation with!
I was really fortunate to be taken out to try this five-course set truffle degustation menu by one of my good friends. The food was exceptional and the waitstaff were professional and accommodating to all requests. Now here's the lowdown on the five-course degustation which satisfied all our truffle cravings:
Our degustation kicked off with a creamy brie cheese with a thin black truffle center. It was served with sweet truffle honey and a warm seeded toast, plus truffle shavings on top. The serving size of brie was relatively decent and we had to ask for more toast because there wasn't enough bread to go around!
The milky burrata cheese was very photogenic with the playful pickled veggies and ample grated truffle shavings on top. We found this dish to be interesting because the outside was made up of buffalo mozzarella but once we cut into it, it oozed stunning delicious rich flavoured cream. Personally I found the flavours were a little on the bland side.
Then came the mushroom tortellini, which was my favourite dish of the whole lot. The dish consisted assorted exotic mushrooms like enoki, woodear and Porcino. The tortellini filling was well-seasoned and encompassed all the wonderful earthy flavours without being overpowering. The truffle pecorino was utterly punchy and addictive.
4th course: Eye fillet crusted in truffle salt, roasted eschalots, cauliflower & cheese, red wine jus, truffle
This eye fillet steak was another crowd favourite. It was crusted in truffle salt, so the beef was tender and juicy. The truffle butter literally melted on the hot steak and it tasted absolutely superb. This rustic main dish was paired with cheesy cauliflower and roasted eschalots and topped with generous amount of truffle slices. The dish really tasted homely and hearty, especially as it was pouring with heavy rain outside. It was the ultimate main course.
5th course: Warm apple galette, frangipane, truffle ice cream