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Lunch at Ash St Cellar, Sydney

A uni friend of mine, C, wanted to try Ash St Cellar, so when he suggested we come here for lunch, I couldn’t resist but say yes! It has been a while since my last visit. Ash St Cellar is tucked in the laneway behind the ivy, and was named in TimeOut magazine as the Wine Bar of the year.

C and I rocked up at about 12.15pm and the place wasn’t as busy as we both thought, which was good, as we were seated immediately to our table, outside, to enjoy a little bit of the sunshine.

Some fresh bread, white sour dough, brown and focaccia with olive oil and salt.

We started with the fried calamari with lemon and aioli. I couldn’t go pass aioli – a favourite of mine if you haven’t guessed by now! I thought the calamari was a little dry, especially the crumbed coating. However, C, loved this and thought it was a really delicious dish! I admit, dipped in aioli, it was delicious.

Next came the prawns cooked in garlic, butter, basil. C wanted to order this, as he saw this on Masterchef. The garlic prawns were good but I thought it would be tastier, more garlicky or flavour. It was good, but I don’t think it was anything special.

The grilled chorizo, potatoes, chickpea puree, lemon and garlic dresses was deliciously good. Thick cuts of chorizo, it was spicy, tender and full of fatty chunk goodness! I loved the chickpea puree, however, C thought there was too much of it. This was probably the best dish out of the three for me.

We both couldn’t go pass the ricotta panna cotta, marsala, caramel grapes and walnut. As some of you may be aware, I discovered my love for panna cotta when I was in Sri Lanka – coffee panna cotta, it was delectably wonderful that I fell in love. The ricotta panna cotta was wonderful! It came in a large but yet shallow dish, the panna cotta was scrumptiously creamy and smooth but not sickening. The grapes were a great complement to the panna cotta. C thought it could have done without the walnuts, but I thought the walnuts gave it that extra nutty flavour. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

It was great catching up with C, he was leaving for China and Hong Kong for 2 – 3 weeks on vacation (so incredibly jealous!). I look forward to your return, so we can tick of that lists of restaurants and indulge! Have a safe trip buddy! See you soon.

I have to admit though, my favourite tapas is still Bodega! The boys from Bodega are truly awesome!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Ash St Cellar

1 Ash Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9240 3000

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  1. October 20, 2010 at 3:38 am

    hot damn that pannacotta looks freaking awesome!

  2. Lochy
    July 10, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Hi, would you be able to tell me if you know the brand of the cast iron pot that was used for the garlic prawns? I’ve been trying to find them since I saw it on Masterchef.

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