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Restaurant Arras, Sydney

Restaurant Arras has relocated to Clarence Street, where the former Becasse used to be. I like what they have done to the place – the decorators has truly done an excellent job! The mural on one side, the spacious area, it’s truly very different to the old Arras.

I was catching up with the lovely M, she hasn’t been to Arras before, so suggested it. Diners can choose either a four course a la carte for $120 or degustation for $140, accompanying wine $80. The menu is slightly different, concept is still quite similar. We were informed that the chef ‘wanted to create something that’s different to everything else in Sydney, and trying to move away from that British fare’.

We started with complimentary canapes – smoked salmon croquette with egg, and some sort of blue cheese dip on crackers. The smoked salmon croquette was absolutely delightful, the blue cheese I wasn’t a huge fan off, only cause I don’t like strong blue cheese. Don’t think M enjoyed it either, for the same reasons.

Amuse bouche, tuna tartare which was served with some sort of puree (which I can’t remember for the life of me!) and deconstructed olives was delicious. It was extremely light and refreshing. A vegetarian option would be without the tuna tartare.

Like the old Arras, they offered a selection of in-house baked bread. I couldn’t go past the plain sour dough..

M had the onion sourdough. It was served warm and so hard to stop at just one.

We both couldn’t go past milk-cooked pork belly whey puree and crackling with apple cider sauce. The pork belly was incredibly tender and succulent. It came with THREE different types of crackling which all had different textures. I think we both could have definitely eaten another serving, or two.

For the second course, M opt for “Saturday lunch salad”, seared Mackerel, grilled lettuce, vegetable oil. Wonderfully plated, the mackerel was cooked to perfection.

The “Surf and some cereal”, black and white squid, sweetbreads, scallop and artichoke flakes had my name on it. I was a little disappointed with this dish, a little underwhelmed compared to the pork and what was to come. The scallop and squid were lovely but the sauce was too salty. It didn’t leave me with any ‘WOW’ factor.

Our third course, I couldn’t go past the Meuniere of groper, cabbages and mussels. This would have to be one of my favourite dishes. Thick cut of buttery fish cooked to perfection. The mussels hidden on top of cabbage which was crisp, slightly pickled and pureed were amazing. Pity I was too full to finish the dish, but it was seriously incredible.

M opt for ‘Migrating pigeon’, bulgur wheat, rocket and lemon. Again this was such a pretty and playful dish. The pigeon cooked medium rare, which sat on a bed of couscous with dollops of spinach puree. I didn’t have any of this, but M seemed to have enjoyed it.

For dessert, M chose the highlight I believe – cinematic soufflé – the sequel, popcorn ice cream, corn cracker. It was indeed ‘cinematic’! Popcorn flavoured soufflé which was served in a copper pot, it was light, airy, sweet, hot and absolutely wonderful. Served with popcorn ice cream, and extra plain popcorn in a bag – I had SERIOUS DESSERT ENVY!

My dessert was not as great after tasting the soufflé. The ‘not so smoothie’ banana chew, mangoes, cherries and coconut. Banana fritters with mango puree, little donuts and columns of pastry which had cream inside – it was good but it wasn’t a ‘cinematic souffle’.

I was full, beyond full but I knew what was to come – the famous dessert tray!! I wanted one of each, but knew that my eyes were wider than my stomach so opted for a couple of things. I couldn’t go past the chocolate freckle on a stick, peanut brittle and dark chocolate with truffle inside. I was on a sugar high but the chocolate was way more satisfying the ‘not so smoothie’.

It was a lovely dinner at Arras, I have been fortunate enough to go to their old venue earlier this year, and now this. I have to say, I really do like the new venue. The food is just as good – my only disappointment would have to be the second course – it was just underwhelming. The pork belly and the grouper would have to be the highlights.

Service was fantastic, as always. I have to admit though, I think I enjoyed my first experience at Arras than the second. Could be that I may have picked the wrong dishes, or that I came back too soon, but the dessert tray definitely made up for it!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Restaurant Arras

204 Clarence Street

Sydney 2000

Ph: +61 2 9252 6285

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  1. Di
    December 15, 2011 at 11:32 pm



  2. December 15, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    I like the look of the new location 🙂

  3. December 16, 2011 at 1:01 am

    I’m going here in January so I’m happy to see your review…I’m going to BEG them to bring out the petit fours tray BEFORE dinner so I don’t miss out due to stomach overload.

    • December 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

      hey miss piggy – ya we were tempted to ask if we could have a look at the dessert tray before having dessert. don’t eat too much of the bread…

  4. December 16, 2011 at 2:42 am

    ohhhh mannn that dessert tray is just too epic for words!

    • December 16, 2011 at 6:22 am

      hey chocolatesuze – wouldnt it be awesome to have that every single nite?

  5. December 16, 2011 at 2:53 am

    3 crackling types, cool! Sorry to hear some of the courses were not as good as others, although everything looks delicious.

    • December 16, 2011 at 6:23 am

      hey lateraleating – everything looks delish just that i think my first experience was infinitely better!

  6. December 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    All looks very very good.

    • December 18, 2011 at 11:03 pm

      Hey Bellyrumbles 🙂 it was good, but some dish i thought was a bit of a let down. but overall it was good

  7. December 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I love the look of that cinematic soufflé! I want to try it 🙂

  8. December 22, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Everything looks STUNNING!! Love those canapes 🙂

  1. February 23, 2012 at 2:23 am

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