Bistro Avoca offers contemporary Australian dishes in a casual yet sophisticated setting. Their head chef Leonard Michaud has also worked at Michelin restaurants in Europe before establishing Bistro Avoca in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney.
Pate en croute a la royale veal, duck, pork, truffle and foie gras
This was an excellent starter to share, full of flavour from the generous slices of truffle. The crispy bread on the exterior was great for texture, contrasting against the gelatinous pate. The sauce provided sweet notes to balance against the savoury truffle. Presentation was really clean and appealing to the eye.
Western Australian Scampi carpaccio black truffle sabayon
I personally really enjoyed this dish with the freshness and quality of the scampi really coming through the rich sauce. Once again, the truffle essence was a lovely addition to the dish. Perhaps an introduction of another firmer texture in this dish would bring a little something more to it.
Grilled marinated duck, apple rice paper and pomegranate
This was an extremely refreshing dish bursting with flavour. The duck was grilled to a nice golden colour without being overly chewy or dry. The slices of apple and pomegranate were a great addition to add sweet and sour elements to the moreish meat.
Beef Rossini, foie gras on truffle toast, pomme pont-neuf, broccolini balsamique beef jus
This was a stunning main spoilt with truffle once again. I love potato in all forms and this was no exception. It was like one perfect hot chip with a crunchy exterior and a soft and creamy interior. The beef itself was medium rare, letting my knife easily glide through it and seeping out its contained juices. Overall, delicious and would recommend this main to others.
Macaron chocolate parfait, dark and white with passionfruit.
I made the mistake of taking a peck of the passionfruit without a spoonful of chocolate because it was extreeeeemly sour. Although, it balanced so well to cut through the richness of the parfait. I personally think this would be a dessert to share just because the parfait is quite thick and rich.
Strawberry Pavlova, lime and berry sorbet
This dish was absolutely amazing! The sweet pavlova melted in my mouth combined with tart elements from the berries and pomegranate. The sorbet and fruits made it an extremely refreshing dessert for my meal to end on.
Overall, Bistro Avoca is an incredible gem hidden in the Eastern suburbs. I would recommend it for romantic date nights or a small celebratory dinner.
133 Avoca Street,
Randwick, NSW 2031
Contributed by Katrina, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys