La Brasserie, Darlinghurst
I was catching up with a couple of my favourite peeps, Uncle and his lovely wife E and one of Uncle’s high school friends, H for lunch. I have wanted to go to La Brasserie for a while now so suggested this place. Situated on Crown Street in Darlinghurst, La Brasserie offers diners traditional French cuisine and a vast range of fine French and Australian wines.
We came for lunch, the place was quite empty, only two other people were dining there. Started with complimentary warm bread – fresh from the oven, warm, and absolutely delicious!
Oh my, the souffle was creamy, cheese-y, and melt-in-your mouth divine! The caramelised onion at the bottom was a perfect and wonderful complement. Not sure if I could finish the whole thing on my own though – it was quite rich.
The three girls, E, H and I ordered the special of the day, poached garfish with corn and eggplant ($35). The poached garfish was incredibly delicate and tender. The juicy corn and braised eggplant were a wonderful complement and brought out a lot of flavours. It was a nice dish but nothing special I thought.
From memory Uncle had the char grilled scotch fillet with french fries 250g grain fed ‘diamantina platinum’ marble score 2 ($35). Medium rare and it was just that. I didn’t have any but he seemed to have enjoyed it.
For dessert, E couldn’t go past the souffle aux chataignes – chestnut and vanilla souffle with burnt honey creme Anglaise ($15). The souffle was incredibly rich but I loved the chestnut flavour. The burnt honey creme Anglaise really gave it a nice touch.
I wanted something light so opt for the sorbets – selection of three seasonal sorbet ($12) – green apple, tangerine and I can’t for the life of me remember the bottom one! The green apple was a little too grainy, the tangerine was deliciously tasty and the one I can’t remember the name off I loved! It was light and refreshing and good way to end the meal.
Service was friendly and welcoming. The food was good but unfortunately no wow factor for me. The twice baked souffle was probably my favourite, in small dozes. Not sure if we ordered wrong, probably should have gone for the crisp snail mousse filled pigs trotter with sauce tartare and watercress.
GA’s rating: 6.5 / 10
118 Crown Street
Ph: +61 2 9358 1222