I called at midday to see if I could book a table for later on and was told they had one bar table left which would mean one of us would be on a stool. Sounded okay to me!
Upon arrival we were shown to said table and I took the stool. I was concerned that the table was a bit small for all the food we were going to order but the wait staff seemed well trained at juggling things round. I took the stool and I wasn't at my most comfiest I have to say but it was good enough.
The menu is similar to that of Cumulus and The Commoner. Before I even ate the food though I felt that I preferred the feel and the cosy intimacy of The Commoner more whereas Albert St seemed a bit less personal but more open. Each to their own I guess.
Our drinks orders were taken quickly and some bread with basil infused whipped butter was served. Good bread, good butter and a good gin fizz!
The steak tartare came next and the yolk was cleverly pressed into a hole in the bread and it slowly oozed itself into the meaty mix.
Heavy on the capers the tartare had a good chunky texture with a mustardy whiff about it. Pretty tasty but could have done with more bread to eat with it.
Steve had the bavette with white onion, beets and horseradish cream. The skirt steak was tasty and the sweet onion, beets and then the horseradish cream altogether provided a yummy sweetness and an interesting and unusual flavour combination.
Both were tasty and enjoyable dishes. The lamb evoked the familiar and the steak was much more unexpectedly unusual.
We also had the ancient grain salad with crispy onion rings, pomegranate and pistachio. Piquant and sharp in flavour it was yummy and a contrast to our meat dishes.
The lemon tart comes with no adornment, no accompaniment and it really needs nothing. Crumbly pastry, zesty lemon, silky smooth and barely set such a delight. It was like a big juicy kiss on the lips by a fairy godmother all in lemon.
The chocolate and pear concoction was also yummy. Where the lemon tart was simple and ungilded this dish had gold leaf and everything. It wasn't overtly chocolatey though more milk chocolate than intense cocoa dark chocolate. The pear flavours from the sorbet and the poached pear were refreshing and the popcorn added a pleasant toastiness.
We had a lovely Sunday lunch here and enjoyed the food very much. Seating wise I'd rather have a corner table in the bar area or a proper table and be able to laze there for longer. The less comfy stool arrangement we had this time meant after we'd eaten we were inclined to rush off.