Since I graduated university a few days earlier, something a little fancy was required. Marque offer a Friday lunch for $49 pp and with the booking made, we are ready to sample some of head chef, Mark Best’s creations.
We were really looking forward to Roast Duck, Blood Orange, Hinona Turnip & Shiso and Lemon Curd Icecream, Blueberries & Meringue as advertised on their website. But upon arrival, discovered the menu was completely different. Not that we’re complaining, lunch was still lovely, I’d just suggest they update their website and Facebook.
Ash’s kimchi was slightly bitter, matching the hummus, humble but served gorgeously.
Entree was grilled whole asparagus spears, I had the anglaise with just a hint of prawn and Ash had the rich, egg yolk jam with the consistency of custard which I much preferred.
French waiter: Would you like zee sourdough or zee rye?
Me: Can I have both?
French: Of course, zaht iss a very French zing to do.
Both were lovely, the sourdough had a fluffy white interior and a gorgeous crust whereas the rye had a chewier crust perfumed with caraway seeds.
The lamb was cooked perfectly, soft and with a layer of wondrous fat. The eggplant was equally brilliant, smooth and silky, coated with a charred eggplant sauce, carefully adorned with crispy, eggplant shavings.
We opted for a side of the fluffy mash which was comforting and buttery, going down very well with the tender lamb.
Dessert was a bit of a cop out as it was just basically mango and mustard. However, the finely sliced mango cheek was very nice and sweet, while the mustard seeds added a tiny bit of heat.
Our Friday lunch dishes were simple but executed extremely well and was enjoyable overall.
Mon to Thurs – 6:30pm to 11:30pm
Fri – 12pm to 3pm and 6:30pm to 11:30pm
Sat – 6:30pm to 11:30pm
Sun – CLOSED