A freelance writer from the 'burbs with a penchant for putting her foot in her mouth.
Published July 24th 2014
Where wine meets culinary delight
Insofar as last minute Monday night dinners go, Persillade is a winner. Waiting for a function at the Hilton to begin, I wandered down Wellington Parade in the hope of something tasty, and boy did Persillade deliver. With a regularly changing menu that is simple and to the point, these guys certainly know their flavours.
Upon entry, you can see part of the kitchen, walled off from the dining space, but still open enough for diners to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the creation of each meal. The warm earthy tones of the decor make you feel at home right away, and even the crockery suits the feel of the once wine store come cafe/restaurant.
It was a Monday night, and the place itself is quite small, so it seems obvious to say that the staff were attentive and friendly. But they really were. I get the feeling if the place had been packed, they would have been just as attentive. The service was professional and all the staff were chatty and happy to make wine recommendations.
My meal, Duck with pickled cabbage was cooked to perfection. The meat was tender and juicy and the accompanying potato spheres and dehydrated silver-beet finished it off well. The flavours never overpowered one another and thus felt completely balanced.