Review of Dîner Amical at The Bridge Room

By Gunter Schaule, Bailli Honoraire

The owner and chef Ross Lusted comes with high credentials, having been named CHEF OF THE YEAR 2014 by the Sydney Morning Herald GOOD FOOD GUIDE and HOTTEST CHEF IN AUSTRALIA by The Australian. The Bridge Room opened to critical acclaim and has been honoured with Two Hats in the Good Food Guide for three years running.

Our restaurant filling group arrived to glasses of Charles Heidsick and canapés including Scallops with exciting bacon bits. They went fast.

Our Bailli’s welcome address foreshadowed exciting plans for an extensive list of events in 2015, preceded by this year’s Christmas dinner at Sails Restaurant.

We settled down with Spanner crab and an elegant Helm Riesling from Canberra.

The conversations became lively over Murray Cod with cabbage and black fungus, accompanied by a cool Bannockburn Chardonnay from Geelong.

The dinner got into its strides with ash grilled duck and radicchio puree, accompanied by a classic Domaine Marcoux 2012 from the Rhone Valley.

The next wine was overwhelming, a 2005 Magnum Torbreck Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, matching the Comte Custard with dried blueberries, pomegranate and apple.

By that time, conversations were exciting over a dessert of aerated passionfruit, nougatina and passionfruit icecream with glass biscuits, accompanied by a nice Moscato de Molise.

We concluded in Chaîne tradition with an intriguing Q & A period with Ross Lusted, before the Chaîne Award of Excellence and the Chaîne Plaque were presented to him under general acclaim.

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