With a menu of "grazing style dishes", it probably wasn't the best idea to position the voucher offer as a meal of three entrées and two mains as the dishes are not remotely main sized. A bottle of Borgo Bello Montepulciano from Abuzzo, Italy accompanied the varied meal as wine included in the deal.
|Torched ocean trout, ginger salt, orange and ginger from Graze, Harris Street, Pyrmont|
The four bright orange strips of fish, burnished black, were quite a nice match with the sweet, torched orange segments with shiso leaves adding a subtle bitterness. The ginger salt was so subtle I didn't notice it while I thought the orange and ginger gel was more for aesthetics than function.
|Butternut pumpkin gnocchi, caramelised chestnuts, basil, mushroom puree|
Mushrooms aren't the prettiest ingredient for a puree but this dish had some nice flavours with the basil and crunchy chestnuts. The rather autumnal ingredients, however, didn't neccessarily work together to create anything mind-blowing.
|Truffled duck egg on toast, parmesan, grilled asparagus|
|Seared sardine, chilli and garlic olive oil, parsley, lemon|
|Confit chicken wings, carrot, mushroom and watercress|
The vivid carrot puree worked a treat with the chicken wings and whole shitake mushrooms, while it would have been nice to see the watercress with a role in the dish beyond garnish.
|Espresso brulee, poached rhubarb|
But showing that it's not size that matters, the espresso brulee was seriously smooth and rich, with a sweetly lingering hit of coffee. The poached rhubarb presented on the teaspoon was a pleasant wintery addition.
|Fig Eton Mess, salted caramel jelly|
The service was well-intentioned and efficient with our wine glasses constantly (over)filled throughout the night in the comfortable restaurant setting. Lucky for the Pyrmont locals, the Graze menu affords great flexibility for neighbourhood diners who can have a light graze and then move on with the herds.