The oysters were fresh and briny and the pillows were rich with a silky filling, crisp pastry and a tart I think it was rhubarb blob to cut through the richness. Quite clever and a delicious mouthful.
The next dish was a Moreton Bay bug under a pile of seaweed infused tapioca flour, red caviar beads, some purees and the whole thing was very reminiscent of the sea. The seaweed flour was a touch too fishy for me but the bug was sweet and plump and I enjoyed the different purees it was on.
Our final savoury course was pigeon. Two tiny tasty pieces of pigeon with some sweet onion and leaves on salty savoury Vegemite puree. I had been waiting for something that was tasty and delicious and homely like Sunday lunch at Embrasse where I first encountered Chef Nicolas Poelaert and it came with this course.
Dessert was a mushroom on a forest floor, Chocolate soil and some herbaceous granita, a meringue mushroom stalk and a cap of hazelnut mousse. Not overly chocolatey and not overly sugary; this was light, fluffy and a pleasant way to end the meal.
Our meal at Brooks was interesting and enjoyable. I liked the attentive service and the romantic candle lit ambience.However I'm not rushing back and if I did go back I don't think I'd do do the degustation. I'd probably opt for the more homely sounding roasts for two. I remember really enjoying the more rustic, country cooking of Sunday lunch at Embrasse and I think the roasts for two would be more along those lines. The fancier stuff didn't really do it for me here and whilst they were interesting, they weren't tastier than Attica or Vue de Monde. And it's pretty pricey too and whilst I don't doubt the work that goes into the each dish as they are intricate it just didn't hit the mark for me.