We then moved onto the Raw Ocean Trout, Tuna and Kingfish, Chilli, Ginger, Soy and Black Bean. This was an interesting variation on the more common soy and sashimi with the black bean adding a strong saltiness but didn't fight or intensify the soy. There was some pickled ginger in there which helped cleanse away some of the salt. We were feeling most at home and enjoying the good food which actually just got better! Read on!
To be honest, this would have been enough food but we couldn't come eat at a Sean Donovan establishment and not have steak. It's different to The Wayside and The Station in that there isn't the wide choice of different cows and steaks to choose from and it's more the cuts. There was a flat iron, a fillet, a rib eye on the bone and a special of Scotch fillet. Steve and I decided to go hard and go big and ordered the 500g rib eye to share and it came with beets, radicchio, hazelnuts and blue cheese. Lucky for me the blue cheese is contained in the salad so I could avoid it.
As we were sharing, they chef kindly sliced the steak for us and it was cooked perfectly with the brown char on the outside and gradually changing tones through to the deep red centre. I love the ombre effect of beautifully cooked steak, This was tender yet flavoursome and Steve declared the beetroots great too.
So we went lemon and we did not regret it! So citrussy the curd was silky smooth like silken tofu with that sexy wobble but a real wicked tang and crispy thin pastry. A touch less creamy than the highly esteemed Philippa Sibley version and just shy of that versions richness this was a good thing for us given everything we'd eaten our way through. And the raspberry sorbet was just a gorgeous contrast to the lemon. Would I have liked a crunchy brulee top on the tart? Maybe but that's just being picky. It was actually perfection on a plate without it.
This dinner started off good and just progressively improved reaching a pinnacle of deliciousness with the fish and steak and staying at that dizzy heights of delight with dessert.
Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel, 200 metres away from home...dangerous yet so so welcome. We're so glad you chose our neighbourhood! See you very soon. That chocolate mousse is waiting for me!