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Becasse, Sydney

I haven’t been to Becasse for at least 2 – 3 years. The last time I was here was with one of my dearest friend, M, for her birthday. I have wanted to go back, but thought I would wait until they move to their new location in Westfield Sydney. I was a little apprehensive about the location when I first heard about it, how can a restaurant, a two hatter restaurant be in shopping mall? Then I thought about it, a lot of restaurants in Asia are in malls, for example, French Window in IFC in Hong Kong and it works. Provided it’s away from the hustle and bustle of shoppers and Becasse is.

Becasse has also opened their first bakery, LOVE all the different types of pastries, bread and sweet but do not love the temptation. I try really hard to avoid that part of the food court so I don’t buy anything. I love the entrance to Becasse, the tunnel of four seasons, and it’s secluded from the food court.

The restaurant is small, a LOT smaller than the previous location. Only sits about 30 people, and where we sat faced the window of Virgin Active gym, where everyone was running on treadmills and I was about to stuff myself with delicious French goodness by Justin North.

I came with a friend, D, he’s never been to Becasse before so was looking forward to the meal. The menu was slick, it was in a leather case and diners had the option of a la carte (3 courses) for $120, and degustation of either 5 for $150 or 9 for $190.

We opted for the a la carte 3 courses – a choice of four or five dishes in each. Whilst perusing we were presented with some housemade butterpuff pastry with green olive mascarpone. The pastry were deliciously light and flaky, and topped with creamy mascarpone – a wonderful start.

Then, some housemade breads – petite brioche loaves, seven seed rolls and sourdough with poached quince and sesame seeds. The butter with wakame and pink salt shaped in teardrops were deliciously creamy. I couldn’t help but smother (and by smother, a teardrop on each bit of bread I tore) it on the delicious sourdough with poached quince.

Our favourite bread was the sourdough quince. The bread was warm, the quince sweet, and oh so delicious. It was so good that we had to ask for another serving, and they were more than happy to give us more.

Amuse bouche: king fish with cucumber, this was a very light and refreshing start. I love the texture the fish and the wonderful accompaniments.

First course, I couldn’t go past the petuna ocean trout, king prawns, pomegranate and Vietnamese dressing. It was beautifully presented. The ocean trout was wrapped in a ruby red layer of pomegranate jelly which was surrounded by the dots of coconut cream, olive oil and Vietnamese dressing.

I love pomegranate jelly and I love ocean trout so this was a win win dish for me. The trout was served a room temperature, and I loved the combination of flavours of pomegranate jelly and fresh trout roe which bursts in my mouth. The king prawns were cut into bite size pieces, it was sweet and succulent. Unfortunately I couldn’t taste the Vietnamese dressing, the coconut cream was subtle which I enjoyed.

D opted for the squid ink forgotten vegetables, smoked pork jowl, yabby tails and aroma of cedars. This was such a playful dish – reminded me a little of Gastro Park and Restaurant Arras. I had food envy but I was getting pork for mains and really couldn’t do pork for both. The forgotten vegetables consisted of purple congo potatoes, sweet potatoes, turnips and white radishes which resembled a little like a rainforest and in the midst of it all, caramelised pork jowl and yabby tail. I had to try a little piece of the pork jowl and it was incredibly tender that it just melted in my mouth. It was incredible and excellent.

For mains, I opted for the 18 hour pork neck, sherry, chickweed and nettles, cranberry red potatoes and black pudding jus.

The 18 hour pork neck was amazingly tender that it just fell apart. The black pudding jus was rich but wonderful. I love the subtleness of the sherry, it was a hearty dish and exactly what I needed and wanted that evening. It was scrumptiously good.

D on the other hand opted for something less hearty but just as good. Squid ink coddled hapuka, squid, coorong pipis, cauliflower and miso. The hapuka fish was slowly cooked in squid ink. The cannelloni filled with chicken and prosciutto scattered around the plump and Moorish coorong pipis and curly raw squid. This also looked amazing! D said it was excellent and he enjoyed every single bit of it.

The pre-dessert was apple three ways, marshmallow looking soft apple mouselline which sat on top of apple sorbet and bite size pieces of fresh apple in zingy wine jelly. This was definitely a palate cleanser and absolutely tasty.

For dessert, I couldn’t go past the 68% alton beni zokoko chocolate cadeau and salted black cumin caramel – a chocolate BOMB!

Inside, the salted black cumin caramel which sat on crumble of chocolate and honeycomb. It was sweet, overpoweringly sweet. However, the scoop of chocolate sorbet was excellent, and provided some relief to the rich chocolate bomb. Unfortunately, I didn’t finish this as it was just too much.

D on the other hand, opted for something less rich – silken lemongrass and lime caramel, passionfruit crunch with vanilla yoghurt sorbet. This dish was so pretty – I love the colourfulness of the dish. I didn’t have any of the silken lemon grass and lime caramel but had a bit of the passionfruit crunch and vanilla yoghurt sorbet. It was light, citrusy and I love that tang at the end.

Judging by how D demolished this, I can ‘safely’ say he enjoyed it! But wait… there was more…

Petite fours: Justin’s version of chocolate Milky Way and macaroons. D and I were too full to eat this at the time. We sat there for the next 30 or so minutes but we really couldn’t fit anything else in.

We were given farewell gifts – croissants for breakfast the next day. We both put our chocolate and macaroons in the bag. ‘The Mother’ ate the chocolate and macaroons that evening, he seemed to have enjoyed it and the croissant, he had the next day. I managed to get a bite, and it was deliciously fluffy, flaky and soft! YUM! Thanks Justin!

I love the new venue of Becasse, I know I had my doubts at first, but after dining here, I really like it and definitely better than I remembered it to be! Maybe Justin is keen for that extra hat? Definitely keen to try the chefs table one day, I think minimum spend is $2k at night for six people. One day….

It was a wonderful evening with D, I think I can safely say that he had a wonderful meal!

The wine list was extensive and the staff super friendly! I love the attention to detail in each food, the flavours, and the quince sour dough bread! Great for business venue or even for a special event, am definitely keen to go back soon.

GA’s ratings: 8 / 10

Becasse

100 Market St Level 5 Westfield

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9283 3440

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  1. May 30, 2011 at 1:19 am

    I wasn’t blown away by Becasse previously either. Maybe my tastes have changed.

    • May 30, 2011 at 1:26 am

      hey joey, ya i wasn’t blown away before… went three times then didnt go for 2 – 3 years but was keen to check out the new place and was surprised! definitely better than before.

  2. May 30, 2011 at 1:19 am

    What a lot of bread! And a croissant to follow! Everything sounds glorious – but isn’t it a bit disappointing exiting back into the empty food court shopping centre….?

    • May 30, 2011 at 1:27 am

      i think i ate way too much sour dough with quince… it was just too good to say no!

  3. May 30, 2011 at 5:17 am

    The sourdough with quince sounds divine, and everything else looks stunning.

  4. paulus
    May 30, 2011 at 5:39 am

    OMG $2k?!?!?! that must me one hell of a feast

    • May 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

      for 6 or more people lah.. not one person! lol but i think it would be a great meal!

  5. May 30, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Looks great. While I enjoyed the old Becasse (without loving it) it really looks like it’s stepped up in the new surrounds.

    • May 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

      Hey Jobe 🙂 definitely a step up! you should definitely check the new place!

  6. May 30, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    i went a few yrs ago it was my “first” degustation experience, and i don’t recall it was great either but what you’ve had here does look pretty amazing. funny the window was facing the gymmers? haha..

    • May 31, 2011 at 12:13 am

      its definitely improved since then! i really enjoy the new becasse! wouldnt mind trying quarter twenty one also actually….

  7. paulus
    May 31, 2011 at 10:39 am

    yeah i know but 2000/6 still huge.what job do you have now?I want to be like you in the future so i can eat delicious food like everyday lol

  8. minibites
    June 1, 2011 at 11:57 am

    The new restaurant is so much smaller! I have yet to try this, I’ve tried their cooking classes at Quarter 21 and it’s super fun!!

    • June 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      it is heaps smaller! ooo how was the cooking classes at Quarter 21? am tempted to give it ago one day 🙂

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