We thoroughly enjoyed a recent dinner at No. 1 Bent Street hosted by Entertainment Book for its members along with Ross Hill Winery which is based in Orange. The wines selected paired well with the signature share plates from Mike McEnearney’s menu, starting off with the Wood Fired Hervey Bay Scallops which had been grilled to perfection and served with cafe de Paris butter sauce for melt-in-your-mouth flavour. This dish was paired with a superb Pinot Gris.
Wood Fired Hervey Bay Scallops
Next up we had the refreshingly zesty Kingfish Crudo that was served with finger lime pearls and chives, but also an interesting guajillo chilli. There was also a subtle hint of aniseed in the sauce, giving it a distinctive liquorice aftertaste that went well with the delicious Chardonnay that was matched with the dish.
The piece de resistance was the Pot Roasted Lamb Shoulder which was the large shared main and had been roasted impeccably, with the buttery meat falling off the bone. This was paired with a tasty rosemary tapenade and duck fat dripping potatoes to soak up the richness. Ross Hill served their intriguing Cabernet Franc red for this dish and it was a great pairing – though its not a grape often seen in Australia.
Pot Roasted Lamb Shoulder
We finished off our dinner with a relatively simple dessert of Chilled Vanilla Rice Pudding, jazzed up with some shards of delectable honeycomb and a dollop of plum jam, matched with a lovely Rosé named ‘Jessica’.
Chilled Vanilla Rice Pudding
We were impressed by the execution of each of the dishes in our dinner at the sleek surrounds of No. 1 Bent Street, with a medley of interesting flavours and ingredients that provoked our tastebuds and left us very satisfied. The wines from Ross Hill were also a revelation and although they had more whites than reds on offer, the quality of their whites (particularly their Chardonnay) was exceptional.
No. 1 Bent Street
1 Bent Street, Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9252 5550