Nothing like avoiding catastrophe on Friday the 13th by catching up over a three course lunch! Restaurant Assiette (French for "plate") certainly delivers each plate with well thought out and creative recipes. Located at a busy junction in Surry Hills, this restaurant offers French fare with modern artistic flair in an intimate setting.
We were greeted warmly and presented with a detailed menu with matching wines. Starters came shortly after our orders were in and I was delighted with the cured kingfish with wasabi pannacotta, daikon and cucumber. The fish, daikon and cucumber were a refreshing trio matched well with a light cream. This had hints of wasabi which complemented the fish well but was not too overpowering. My friend ordered the pork belly with Jerusalem artichoke puree and confit fennel. This alternative is better for those who prefer stronger flavours paired with succulent pork.
Cured kingfish with wasabi pannacotta, daikon and cucumber
The skilfully cooked, super tender braised beef cheek with mushrooms, bacon and caramelized onion stole the show. The pan fried mirror dory with caponata and basil oil was equally tasty, but our verdict was that we loved the beef more! :)
Our taste buds were very happy at this moment but we could not wait for dessert! We were very excited as we saw these being served to other customers and they looked very pretty. When these arrived we had that feeling of being a kid left to wander in a candy store. My friend had the lemon meringue tart with vanilla ice cream which was plated beautifully. I chose the crema catalana with strawberry and mint sorbet. Definitely one of the best desserts I've had in a while. There is a nice balance between the freshness of the sorbet and the richness of the cream. It was also very colourful and had pretty freeze-dried mandarins and crumbles which added texture.
All in all a memorable dining experience where taste, presentation and service were impeccable. The express $45 set lunch menu is available on Thursdays and Fridays. Discounts offered if you have the Entertainment™ Card (Sydney Entertainment™ Book).
Find the latest offers and menu on the Assiette website.