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Tomislav Restaurant

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published November 2nd 2011
On a crisp Tuesday evening, I make my way to Tomislav with three girlfriends. The restaurant is intimate and understated with an air of sophistication.

We're asked if we'd like to sit inside or outside, and we decide to enjoy the fresh air where a panoramic view of Sydney city, William Street and the Coca-Cola sign commands an imposing view.

Mystery Cocktail

First up, some cocktails. We get a thus far nameless cocktail whipped up with Grand Marnier, Mandarine Napoleon, lime juice and burnt orange peel. It's relatively strong and the citrus flavours come through nicely.

Rice crackers with sour cream and chives ($11)

I am in love with the rice cracker starter. The rice crackers are wispy and delicate with a lovely salty flavour. And the housemade sour cream and chives is absolutely delicious. I could have happily eaten a few more portions of this.

Basmati Rice Risotto

We're not all that hungry, so we decide to share a first course. The Basmati Rice Risotto with grilled Yamba prawns, chives and lemon zest ($23) is a crowd favourite at our table, and it's no surprise why. The dish is delectable - it's buttery and boasts a refined flavour. I also enjoy the use of the basmati rice, compared to the short-grain rice variety normally reserved for a risotto.


We're served a complimentary piece of Iggy's sourdough with coffee butter. I'm not convinced by the coffee-flavoured butter, but it's definitely an intriguing take on standard butter.

Coffee butter

There's something almost sacred about the bread-and-butter combination though, so I'm a little bit taken aback by the unexpected coffee aroma. I must admit the presentation of the butter curl is just beautiful though - perfectly shaped and placed atop a rock.

Potato Gnocchi

For the second course, I have the Potato Gnocchi ($37) with egg yolk, asparagus, cauliflower and watercress. The dish is luscious, creamy and dense. I love everything about it, especially the vibrant plating.

Roast Murray Cod Fillet

The Roast Murray Cod Fillet ($40), served with tomato, salt caramel and grilled baby leeks, on the other hand, isn't quite as enjoyable. Lacking in punch, this dish could use a more artistic excitement like that of the gnocchi or the duck dish.

Duck Breast

The Thai style Pasture Fed Burrawong Duck Breast ($42) is served on a large, beautiful plate with grilled pineapple, coconut cream, chilli and peas. It's a lovely combination of flavours and has an exotic appeal.

French Martini

The second round of cocktails doesn't make as good of an impression as the first. After asking for something not so strong with a sweeter character, two of my lovely companions are presented with French Martinis ($18). It's too strong for their liking, and only barely sweeter than the first cocktail.

Crinkle cut chips

We order the Crinkle cut chips ($11) as a side, which we thoroughly enjoy. With a crunchy texture and a great taste to match, they're exactly how chips should be.

Iceberg lettuce ($10)

We didn't order this side, and when I tell the staff, he tells me not to complain and just eat it. I'm a little irked by this because I wasn't complaining - I was merely letting them know. Regardless, we decide to dig in (hey, it's sitting in front of us now and we'll have pay for it - we may as well!). We're told the icerberg lettuce is laced with aioli, but it's much more complex than a simple aioli. There's a nutty and sometimes sweet quality to it as well.

Milk Chocolate Cream Cake

Fellow dessert fiend Miss S is happy to share a dessert with me. After a long moment (or two) of indecision fuelled by the impressive third courses on offer, we opt for the Milk Chocolate Cream Cake with candied hazelnuts and smoked banana ice cream. The ice cream is indeed very smoky with a strong banana flavour. I'm not a fan, but I'm not exactly the best judge for it - the only food containing bananas that I like is banana bread. The chocolate cream cake itself is lovely. It's velvety and smooth with a creamy interior. And I love the candied hazelnuts on the side. As always, the presentation is stunning.

A Tomislav blanket in case you get cold

I adore that the Tomislav staff put the heater on for us and that they give us blankets. On the downside, the service feels a little pushy. And when we order sparkling water, we get still water. The second bottle turns out to be sparkling, which unfortunately results in half-still half-sparkling glasses of water.

See the full menu on the Tomislav website.
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When: Dinner Tues-Sat 6pm-10pm, Lunch Fridays 12-3pm
Where: Tomislav in Darlinghurst
Cost: Around $100 per person
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