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This is an amazing dining experience without the price tag to match. If you're looking for somewhere special for a romantic dinner, dinner party with friends, wedding venue or even lunch with the kidlets, this place is perfect for all occasions.
The restaurant 'nineteen23' is part of the Silvermere guesthouse located at Wentworth Falls. An interesting fact is that Silvermere guesthouse was designed in 1923 by BJ Waterhouse, who was also responsible for May Gibb's 'Nutcote' and the setting that surrounds Sydney's famous Archibald Fountain.
The restaurant's dining room has a welcoming and well-designed Art Deco feel. The polished timber floors, marble-topped tables and a big fireplace are complemented by the archway windows looking onto the amazing mountain valley, which I could gaze upon for hours, and you will wish that time stood still.
The head chef at nineteen23 is Will Cowan-Lunn, whose illustrious career includes notable restaurants such as Tetsuyas, Wildfire, Rockpool Sydney and as head chef at Rockpool Bar and Grill Melbourne for the last 2 years. Will has also spent two years abroad working in some of England and Scotland's finest.
The menu offers a 5 course degustation menu with a vegetarian option and matching wines. There is also an a la carte menu with the option of 2 or three courses. In questioning Will's approach to the menu, "I wanted to create new eating experiences using fresh, seasonal and local produce".
nineteen23 degustation menu
On this occasion, we opted for the degustation menu and matching wines. As the chef's appetiser of the day was gazpacho served in a little tea cup, 'oh so dainty', I thought and tasted very refreshing.
I was curious to see how the zucchini and macadamia tart would taste combined with the goat's curd and aged balsamic and I was pleasantly surprised. The crunch of the tart and subtle flavours of goat's curd and zucchini with the sweet balsamic, had me salivating for more.
Next was a lush sashimi of hiramasa kingfish with pickled cucumber, garlic and crispy chicken skin. It kept coming with a delicious asparagus royale looking rather colourful with the prawns, prosciutto, radish and pickled onions scattered on top.
Then the main event was red braised pork cheek terrine, Korean hot bean, kimchi and crisp pigs ear (Will getting into the Korean flavours influenced by his wife's heritage) and melt in your mouth roasted cowra lamb rump with miso glazed eggplant, spring onion and lambs tongue (Tongue? You say, it was actually quite nice to eat).
But there's more, a decadent dark chocolate pave with pistachios, juniper and milk ice cream. I was hoping that hubby wouldn't be able to finish it so I could, but alas it was not to be, it was too good to share.
The kids had the gourmet version of fish and chips which they devoured and to finish off, 2 scoops of ice cream. My kids were in heaven.
Are you asking if we were full yet? No, we always have a little space for cheese, so we indulged in a beautiful cheese plate and finished with a tawny port, my idea of bliss.
I can't tell you enough about this place, it is indeed a mountain's secret, don't tell anyone that I told you so. This was an amazing dining experience and combined with tasty seasonal produce, I am definitely booking in my next date night here.