30 Jacka Boulevard
It really has been a while. This reason for this statement is twofold. Firstly, it’s been a while since I’ve taken my SLR out, and even when I have, I’ve resorted to using my iPhone. I’ve forgotten how much I enjoy tweaking the photos and how pleasing to the eye food photography with an SLR can be. I have to admit there’s still a huge backlog of pictures with my iPhone to come.
Secondly, it’s been a while since I’ve been to the Stokehouse restaurant. After a dinner at the newly refurbished Stokehouse cafe below, the next day was gorgeously sunny, perfect weather for lunch at the restaurant.
slow cooked duck egg, garlic mascarpone, black eyed peas, walnuts, buckwheat & maple syrup
What I love about Stokehouse are the plates & the views. The duck egg, a rich creamy golden beacon, with a light garlic mascarpone, the two creamy components on this cold dish, seated and surrounded by textures of grains, nuts & beans, with pickled radishes to offset the richness. Except, I wanted more richness.
king prawn a la plancha, spanner crab veloute, pumpkin jam, vanilla oil, rye toast
The king prawn slightly under, fresh & supple, propped up by sweet spanner crab morsels in a rich spanner crab bisque with sweet pumpkin jam.
seared partridge breast & confit leg, pine mushrooms, toasted oats, crisp guanciale
The partridge was remarkably tender, with crisp textures of its skin, curls of bacon & greens against the soft flesh.
moreton bay bug orecchiette
The orecchiette, al dente, rich in flavour, with bites of fresh moreton bay bug, cherry tomatoes & zucchini, finished with a dusting of pangrattato for texture.
lamb shank agnolotti, globe artichokes, ligurian olives, sweetbreads, manchego
I rarely favour pasta parcels. I prefer my spaghetti, spaghettini, linguine, squid ink yes please. When I do chance upon pasta with a filling, I am particularly enraptured when it’s done well, take the ricotta dumplings & oregano butter at Cumulus Up. The agnolotti had the thinnest of wrappers, with shreds of lamb shank & milky fragrant sweetbreads.
Stokehouse isn’t doing anything new, but it’s a beautiful afternoon with good food, good wine & stellar views.