Thursday, 14 December 2006

Red - Jervois Road

We had a most divine meal last night. Oh my word. Red is one of several restaurants that do a degustation menu, so they're on our list of places to visit for a wedding anniversary eventually. But last night we decided to sample their standard menu. Wow!

What we ate:
  • Simon - Duck Breast for 1st course and Venison Denver Leg for main, followed by hand rolled chocolates for dessert. Every course was delicious, the salad with the duck was absolutely divine.
  • Jane - portobello mushroom risotto, Market Fish - which was in fact two fish - Hapuka on a smoked potato smash and Salmon on asparagus and broccoli with a divine basil drizzle, and for sweets the flourless Cointreau, Chocolate Mousse stack. Both fish were fabulous, and dessert was so good I lost nearly half of it to Simon. :)

What we drank:
  • Simon - Burnt Spur Pinot Noir, Martinborough - this was a fantastic wine.
  • Jane - Coopers Creek Chardonnay - lovely.
The Decor and Atmosphere
Loved the simplicity and style of the decor, and the atmosphere was great - we arrived quite early and at that stage there were only 3 tables occupied (including our own), but by the time we left at 9pm, the place was full to overflowing.

Service
This was casual without being sloppy, and professional without being stuffy - so a really good balance all in all. (Although being given 2 knives and no fork to eat my fish with was rather amusing - was I meant to use them as chopsticks? :) Easily fixed though!)

Price
This was really good! Mains were approaching $30, sweets were all less than $15. And everything was well worth it.

Overall Impression
Well, Simon enjoyed Red so much, he has now declared it one of his top 4 restaurants (including Ciao, White and the French Cafe). I would have to agree.

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