Saturday, August 20, 2011


A few snaps from a recent dinner at Bilsons with friend and publicist, the lovely Shannon Blanchard. We thoroughly enjoyed L'Omnivore Grand Menu (with a couple of extra courses slipped in.... Thank you Tony and Amanda!!) and were very well looked after by a competent and friendly team.  Hardest part - choosing which menu to go with - I am very keen to return to try one of  Le Jardin (vegetarian) menus -  which sound incredible and if the meat-free courses of the Omnivore Grand Menu were anything to go by it promises to Wow!.  However, I am just being greedy as our meal was more than enough to satisfy on so many levels! The meal certainly included some seriously interesting and fun visual and textural features combined with very fine cooking technique and full and fragrant flavours. Check it out....

Fish and Chips (fun AND delicious! What a fabulous wee snackette to begin with)
Bread and Butter.... yeah - damn fine fougasse and country style bread and smokey butter.... which my arteries couldn't get enough of...
Semi Cooked and Raw Crystal Bay Prawn, Consomme, Baby Sorrel
Baby Carrot, Calamari, Ink, Macadamia, Cocoa

Egg Yolk, Truffled Chicken Soup, Cauliflower
Broccoli, Pistachio, Goats Blue, Baby Sorrel  (meat free and fabulous!)
Smoked Mackerel, Salsify, Jerusalem Artichoke, Rosemary
Polenta, Zucchini, Parmesan, Hazelnut (El bulli 2007)
Quail, Burnt Bread Cream, Beets, Sweetcorn, Raspberry
Wagyu shank, kipflers, watercress (I just want to grab this off the page - so good)
Mascarpone, Beetooot, Orange, White Sesame (really lovely transitional dish - from savoury to sweet)
Citrus Presentation (a carnival of citrus !)

Equatorial (a rich chocolate dessert topped with a drizzle of cocoa oil....mmm)
Chocolate Box (oh if you insist...)
Shan the man himself!

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