Search

Cooking Across 4 Generations

Using recipes collected from 4 generations of one family

Tag

Black By Ezard

Black By Ezard Time For A Champagne Lunch

In a lucky roster rotation, I got another Sunday off. Making the most of it, we decided to head in to the city and stay at the Hilton again. After checking in and visiting a few shops it was definitely time for lunch. After a quick discussion, we decided to cross the Pyrmont Bridge and head to Black by Ezard at The Star.

Black By Ezard, exterior
Black By Ezard, exterior

Sunday at Black by Ezard is Champagne lunch day, with three courses and free flowing Moet and Chandon Champagne for $125. There are a couple of options that attract an extra charge but that is to be expected when you get such a great offer. Sunday lunch crowd is always buzzy and makes  good people watching.

Black By Ezard, exterior menu
Black By Ezard, exterior menu

There is nothing like a view of the city, water and luxury yachts while you dine. A sunny but partly cloudy day also helps.

Skyline and yachts
Skyline and yachts

After being seated, ordering and having our first glass of champagne poured a delicious mini loaf of house made brioche was bought to the table with Pepe Saya butter and Hawaian black sea salt. Hawaian black sea salt seems to be making an appearance everywhere as we also had it when we dined at Il Ristorante Luca Fantin in Tokyo.

Menu
Menu
House made brioch,Hawaiian black salt, Pepe Saya butter
House made brioche, Hawaiian black salt, Pepe Saya butter

Mr. CA4G ordered the open ravioli of ox tail, smoked potato, walnut gremolata, bone marrow and watercress salad. A huge but tasty entrée that  got Mr. CA4G asking if it was his imagination or had food in Sydney improved a lot?

Oxtail open ravioli
Oxtail open ravioli

For my entree I ordered the sautéed Spencer Gulf prawns, sweetcorn puree, watermelon, red onion, tomato, coriander, jalapeno peppers and crispy pancetta. Really tasty, with a nice melding of flavours, textures and eye appeal.

Sauteed Spencer Gulf prawns
Sauteed Spencer Gulf prawns

For his main Mr. CA4G ordered the grass fed Angus fillet, roasted cauliflower and pearl onion salad with gremolata. A selection of mustards, sauces along with café de paris butter accompanied the steak. Of course we had to order some chips with garlic, parmesan and rosemary salt.

Angus fillet, roasted cauliflower and pearl onion salad
Angus fillet, roasted cauliflower and pearl onion salad
Sauces and chips
Sauces and chips

I ordered the roasted duck breast, Dutch carrots, spiced fennel chutney, Sichuan pepper sauce. I enjoyed this immensely. The fennel chutney was amazing with the duck, and the Dutch carrots done two ways was very tasty. The fennel salad went well against the fattiness of the duck skin. Lovely to see nasturtium leaves being used in a meal.

Duck breast, Dutch carrots,fennel
Duck breast, Dutch carrots,fennel

When the desserts came out we were really happy with our choices. Mr. CA4G chose the cheesecake, lavender honey, blueberry sorbet and sable crumble. The colour of the sorbet was astounding!! Deep and dark it looked like a jewel sitting on the cheesecake.

Cheesecake, lavender honey, blueberry sorbet, sable crumble
Cheesecake, lavender honey, blueberry sorbet, sable crumble

I chose the coffee parfait, mascarpone mousse, orange crumble and spiced caramel. The flavours were amazing and the dried orange pieces, a real textural and flavor loaded sensation when you popped one in your mouth.

Coffee parfait, mascarpone mousse, orange crumble, spiced caramel
Coffee parfait, mascarpone mousse, orange crumble, spiced caramel

I know Sydney has some great restaurants and many have had a long reputation of greatness, but somehow the past year things seem to have really stepped up a notch or three.

We really enjoyed visiting Black By Ezard again, and look forward to returning for another visit in the future.

Thanks for stopping by!!

http://blackbyezard.com.au/

Level G, Harbourside, The Star,
80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW

Black by Ezard, The Star, Sydney

 

This year I had a slightly early birthday lunch combined with our 20 years together lunch. We were at The Star shopping concourse and had thought of going to Balla Osteria by Stefano Manfredi, alas it was closed. Surprisingly Black by Ezard was open. Surprisingly, because we didn’t think they were open on Sundays.

For Sunday lunch Black By Ezard offers a special, 3 course champagne lunch for $125 per person, which  sounded good to us. Champagne on offer was one of our favourites, Moet& Chandon, so that settled where we were going to eat.

View from the restaurant
View from the restaurant

Pushing through the large front door we entered a very luxurious room. Dark woods, stone flooring, water views, shiny modern chrome lighting, beige leather and beautiful screen panels were a pleasing sight. We were seated in the main area, back from the window but still able to enjoy the view of the bay and brilliant blue sky.

Black By Ezard Menu
Black By Ezard Menu

The concise menu for lunch had a great range of options to choose from along with a good selection of sides. But first, a mini house made brioche loaf was bought to the table.

Brioche loaf
Brioche loaf

Mr CA4G went for one of his favourite dishes, Steak tartare with heirloom beets, spiced herb mayonnaise, mustard ice cream and puffed wild rice. The beets were done in several ways, one of which was a deep purple gel covering the tatare. All together an interesting and delicious dish.

Beef tartare, heirloom beetroots
Beef tartare, heirloom beetroots

I went for a slow cooked, crispy pork hock, apple and pear slaw with chilli caramel. A moist yet crispy piece of deboned hock was topped with the slaw, radish slices and drizzled with the chilli caramel. Great combination of flavours and textures.

Slow cooked, crispy pork hock, apple andpear slaw
Slow cooked, crispy pork hock, apple andpear slaw

Mr. CA4G loves a good steak and particularly a fillet. At Black By Ezard the 30 day, grass fed angus 200g fillet was served with a roasted cauliflower and pearl onion salad and gremolata. A selection of sauces was also bought to the table for Rene to choose from, of which he selected béarnaise sauce and Café de Paris butter. Of course with steaks you need some chips, in this case with garlic, parmesan and rosemary salt.

Angus fillet, roasted cauliflower and pearl onions
Angus fillet, roasted cauliflower and pearl onions

I opted for duck breast which had a salt and pepper crust and was served with a peach and rocket salad and tamarind honey dressing. The dressing had a nice sweet sour touch and the salad was great with the sweetness of the peach and the pepperiness of the rocket going well together.

Salt and pepper crusted duck breast, peachand rocket salad
Salt and pepper crusted duck breast, peachand rocket salad

Desserts of course were a high light. We saw another table with the chocolate dessert, so one of us had to have it. I had Strawberry shortcake, sauternes mascarpone, yoghurt lime sorbet and strawberry jelly. Nice and summery and not too heavy.

Strawberry shortcake, sauternes mascarpone, yoghurt lime sorbet
Strawberry shortcake, sauternes mascarpone, yoghurt lime sorbet

Mr. CA4G was the one who ordered  the decadent chocolate sphere (reminiscent of our chocolate dessert at Gordon Ramsey @ Claridges), topped with edible gold leaf. Warm ganache was poured over the top of the sphere which melted to reveal the fresh mint ice cream, raspberry mousse and chocolate cookie. Nothing like a bit of performance with food.

Chocolate sphere filled with mint icecream, raspberry mousse
Chocolate sphere filled with mint icecream, raspberry mousse
Pouring the ganache
Pouring the ganache
Going, going...
Going, going…
The revelation
The revelation

Black by Ezard surpassed our expectations and we will definitely be heading back again. Hopefully our next visit will also be on a spectacularly sunny day.

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑