Tomislav is a small bistro located in Darlinghurst. Could be missed if you don’t know it exists. I love the balcony, where we managed to sit outside, it was perfect for a summer evening. I do like an open kitchen, where I can see the chefs in action. We had a view of the Harbour Bridge which was quite lovely too – would be perfect for NYE, and see the fireworks.
The waitress we had was absolutely lovely, she was so friendly, cheerful and helpful. She even managed to remember all our orders without taking any notes down! I would have forgotten that’s for sure. Apparently the menu is relatively new. Four courses for $90 and each course gives you a choice of five dishes, from light to heavy to dessert.
Started with complementary Sourdough bread with butter. I loved how the butter had a hint of espresso, very clever, as it gave the bread a nice sweet after taste which I really enjoyed.
We couldn’t resist but order a serve of the rice crackers with seal salt and vinegar ($10), thin sheets of fried rice cracker which was light and crunchy. Spray three pumps from the vinegar bottle before eating, I love the sourness, the strong vinegar smell, it was quite delicious!
The rice crackers with sour cream and chives ($11) were also a hit!
There were so many choices, I didn’t know where to start. It took us a while to decide. The 1st course had a lot of raw food, which was a little bit of a dilemma for me. I wanted the poached hen’s yolk, foie gras – pickled beetroots. Asked if they could cook the yolk longer, but the chef made this dish vegetarian, so instead of the hen’s yolk, I got some mushrooms. It was such a pretty dish – mushrooms, crumbed foie gras, radish and pickled beetroots. It was a light and refreshing dish.
Although, the hen’s yolk looked SO much better!
C1 had the cape hawke rock oysters with lemon ice and soy dressing, these babies looks fantastic!
C2 and J had the kangaroo tartare which was served with mint and hazelnut dressing and cute little toasted bread. Unfortunately I didn’t get to try this, but C2 loved the flavours and really enjoyed it.
T had the scampi carpaccio with sour cream and pumpkin juice. I loved how the pumpkin juice was served in a test tube and poured when the dish on the table. The colours are just too vibrant!
Amazing that everyone had a different dish, S had poached yellow fin tuna, sour potato and lime honey. This would have definitely been my first choice… if I could eat tuna!
Second course for me would have to be roast red gate farm quail with xo sauce and ice sour cherries sorbet. This was absolutely delish. Tender, succulent quail, the xo sauce was not distinctive, but I love the sour cherry sorbet that came with it.
C1 and R had the basmati rice risotto which was served with lemon and grilled yamba prawns. C1 really enjoyed this, I do love a good risotto and this was tasty.
C2 had the grilled blackmore’s tongue with toffee glaze and coconut ice cream. It sounded SO wrong but C2 thought this was excellent. Dish of the night he claims. The tongue was cut very thin, then grilled on both side before it was served on top of toffee glaze with coconut ice cream.
Last of the savoury dish, and C2 and I both couldn’t go past the ranger’s valley beef short rib served with shitake and grilled mango. Oh my – these were one of the nicest beef short ribs I have had. Braised for 24 hours then grilled and served with mango puree and shitake mushrooms. Fantastic dish to end on, probably the highlight of the evening for me, I really loved this dish!
Majority of the diners couldn’t go past the burrawong duck breast with wasabi and poached rhubarb. The wasabi was very subtle and light, and the rhubarb really gave it that extra nice sweet flavour. The duck was cooked to perfection. T didn’t enjoy the rhubarb so much, but thought the duck was nice.
S had the roast john dory fillet with warrigal greens and salt caramel. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of this but she really enjoyed it and said she hadn’t eaten anything quite like it. It was super yum!
We had a couple of sides, three servings of the triple cooked crinkle cut fries ($11) – like Heston’s and they were incredible! Crunchy, light, and no one could stop eating them!
The icebergs with macadamias and cranberries ($10) was also lovely.
Final course, dessert. Unfortunately this was a little bit of a letdown for me. Opt for the vanilla cheese cake with basil ice and rhubarb sorbet. We were told it is not your typical cheese cake – not a baked cheese cake but very much moose-like. The basil ice didn’t really do it for me, but I LOVED the rhubarb sorbet, sweet, and light and absolutely refreshing. The cheese cake itself was a little ordinary, I think this was one of their special desserts, but it was too mouse-like.
C2 and R had milk chocolate cream cake, hazelnuts and smoked banana ice cream. I don’t think C2 and R enjoyed this, they thought it was quite ordinary, they preferred the savoury dishes.
C1 on the other hand had tarago river blue, tamarillo pie and clotted cream. This looked good, the tarago river blue was softened, the combination of it all was great. Think C1 enjoyed this dish more than I did with the cheesecake.
I really enjoyed my savoury dishes, the beef especially was fantastic! The dessert was a real letdown unfortunately. Service fantastic and efficient, although it did drag a little towards the end.
Nevertheless, it was a wonderful meal with friends, I would happily come back and eat more of their savoury stuff and perhaps try something different on their dessert menu.
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
2/13 Kirketon Road
Ph: +61 2 9356 4535