187 Flinders Lane
Being quite fond of Gingerboy at one point in time, I had high hopes for Ezard. Ezard is quite dark and intimate. We opted for the 8 course tasting menu ($150).
Ezard has a little secret up its sleeve - the gorgeous parmesan, rosemary and garlic olive oil is hard to resist, along with an accompaniment of three unique dipping salts.
Japanese Inspired Oyster Shooter
The starter was one of my favourites. The oyster was fresh and slippery, with heady soy and mirin flavours.
Sesame Crusted Kingfish Sashimi with Creme Fraiche Custard, Black Garlic, Citrus & Hazelnut Dressing
Steamed Blue Swimmer Crab Dumplings with Yarra Valley Salmon Roe, Celery Cress & Tom Kha
Fresh swimmer crab encased in a thin glossy dumpling wrapper.
Asparagus, Persian Fetta and Witlof Salad with Poached Egg, Hazelnuts & Soft Herbs
Steamed Mulloway, Sesame Noodles, Shimeji Mushrooms, Fried Chilli Sambal & Plum Wine Dressing
The mulloway was fresh and wonderfully slippery, with juicy mushrooms.
Five Spiced Bangalow Sweet Pork Belly with Yellow Bean and Peanut Dressing, Apple Slaw Salad
Eight Score Sher Wagyu Beef, Soft Truffle Polenta, Morels, Asparagus, Bordelaise Sauce, Mache Salad ($20)
This was the highlight of the night. The prized wagyu was melt in your mouth, and the truffle polenta was velvety smooth. If there is one course you must have at Ezard, this would be it.
Chinese Roast Duck, Green Chilli & Oyster Sauce Dressing with Coconut Rice and Asian Greens
The duck paled in comparison, presentation and flavour wise. It was quite ordinary.
Ezard offers a stunning dessert tasting platter ($15).
Honeycrunch Ice Cream, Toasted Gingerbread and Sugar Swirl
I was far too full and was content with the simple honeycrunch ice cream, gingerbread and a toffee swirl.
We were collectively a little disappointed by Ezard. Every course was consistently good and the portions are generous. The true standouts were the Wagyu course and the Oyster Shooter. I had misguidedly hoped for every course to be a standout.
Photo Credits: B ♡