Gastro Park, Kings Cross
I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my meal and experience at Gastro Park. The presentation of each meal were immaculate, the flavours even better and the service flawless!
I was meeting a friend, S, for lunch and suggested this place. He and I both have similar taste when it comes to food, so I knew he would enjoy this restaurant. Gastro Park is the new restaurant by Grant King, ex Pier for seven years. ‘The Mother’ took me to Pier a while back now for my birthday and absolutely enjoyed it. On the floor, also former Pier waiter, Martijn de Boer and sommelier Timothee Servajean who are extremely friendly, warm and charming!
I love the panoramic view of the restaurant; I know it’s no view of the Opera house or the Harbour Bridge, it’s actually facing Roslyn Street but I do love the tall glass window overlooking the street. The decor inside is simple but yet elegant, I adore anything with wooden floor, and I love the natural light streaming in.
The menu is quite extensive, although there seemed to be lots of seafood on the menu. Diners have the option of ordering appetizers, entree, main, desserts and cheese. S and I were ravenous, we thought we would share a couple of appetizers, entree and have a main and dessert each – yes we were hungry!
The wine list is also extensive, however, I think we were both still a little hung over and wanted our liver to have a rest.
We started with complimentary bread, which was warm, delicately fluffy and moist and the creamy butter delightful.
Started with the onion and macchiato caramelised veal sweetbread ($9). The onion and macchiato consommé was warm and full of flavour. The veal sweetbread was deep fried and a little doughy I thought. I couldn’t really taste any veal but I thought the consommé was creamy and wonderful. I thought it was weird at first, but the flavours grew on me and the more I drank it, the more I enjoyed it. Not sure if S enjoyed it as much as I did though.
I couldn’t go past the soy and mustard glazed swordfish belly, pickled cucumber ($12) – OH MY GOODNESS! This was incredible, S said ‘it was better than sex’! The tenderness and texture of the swordfish, it melted in my mouth and was beyond magical. It was… orgasmic! The pickled cucumber was sour and tangy and a wonderful complement.
Next the seared scallops, carrot tofu, Serrano ham, endive reduction, hazelnut ($26). Three beautifully cooked scallops which were cooked to perfection, they were plump and moorish. The Serrano ham was too salty for the both of us, the hazelnut was subtle but you could definitely taste it. It was light and flavoursome, though at $26 for 3 scallops I thought it was a little steep.
For mains, S opted for the saddle of lamb, textures of cauliflower and mushrooms ($38). I love the bright colours on the plate; it was so colourful and painting like. The saddle of lamb was cooked medium rare, and extremely tender. It did have that lamb-y taste which I didn’t enjoy. However, the combination of the cauliflower and wild mushrooms were magnificent. He was impressed with the different types of leaves, greens and mushrooms on the plate, he loved the tenderness, the flavours of the lamb, I can safely say that S enjoyed it.
I couldn’t go past the crispy scaled snapper, smoked potato puree, calamari crackling, ink sauce ($38). The perfectly cooked fish which sat on a generous serving of smoked potato puree. I love the dollops of black ink squid sauce, and the black calamari crackling that’s like a prawn cracker was sweet and crunchy. All the flavours worked together, it was elegant and a ‘fun’ dish to eat.
I knew exactly what I wanted for dessert; it really had me at fig tart – broken fig tart, vanilla violet, raspberry persimmon ($18). It wasn’t what I expected, I was expecting a round tart but it was a lot simpler but the flavours were far from simple! The sweet, thin, creamy and crisp tart, which was almost wafer like, sat on large chunks of fresh figs and topped with tapioca and thin rhubarb long straws. It was beyond excellent, it was magical – each mouthful was better than the next and underneath it, a surprise, raspberry permission. It was just EPIC! I really enjoyed this dessert.
S couldn’t decide between the pavlova and chocolate honeycomb. However, the Nitro Pavlova, guava, pineapple, coconut ($18) sounded more ‘interesting’ than the chocolate honeycomb. I was secretly hoping he would order the chocolate honeycomb as I wanted some! However, the pavlova was wonderful, dig right in with your spoon – the fluffy and light pavlova shell which then burst with guava sorbet. I love the ribbons of pineapple, the tapioca, and the coconut bubbles.
Unfortunately, S saw the chocolate honeycomb, vanilla sphere, cookies and cream ($20) – it looked fantastic! I think he had dessert envy and wished he had ordered the chocolate honeycomb; I didn’t want to say ‘I told you so’. I think we both will definitely have to come back to try this and of course the other dishes.
I read that the menu will change regularly; it will depend on availability and seasonality. I love the execution of each dish, the colourfulness, the playfulness and the creativity of each dish. It was an adventure. It was a wonderful experience, and to top it off, the service, knowledgeable, warm and efficient. Of course, the company was what made the whole experience excellent!
GA’s rating: 8.5 / 10
S’s rating: 8 / 10
5 – 9 Roslyn Street
Kings Cross 2010
Ph: +61 2 8068 1017