“You know, since we’re having a degustation, you won’t need to wait to eat while I take photos because we’re eating the same thing!” I said to Paul. He replied happily “YES!”
We had just arrived at Becasse for dinner on my birthday – I had read the menu on their website, and it sounded so good that as my birthday present from Paul, I asked for us to go for dinner: the 8-course degustation. We had only been to a Two-Hat restaurant once before (Rockpool Bar & Grill) so we were really looking forward to the experience. This was my 3rd Justin North experience – starting ages ago with the famed Plan B wagyu beef burger, then Etch, and finally, Becasse! The restaurant is dimly lit and very romantic. I noticed a few tables near us seemed to be on dates or celebrating anniversaries; and a few other tables were also taking photos of their food
The degustation is available with ($190pp) or without matching wines ($130pp). We decided to go without, and ordered a bottle of wine to share from the menu (a lovely 2009 Italo Cescon Pinot Grigio, $60). The only other decision you need to make is between 2 savoury courses and 2 dessert courses – so we chose 1 of each.
I’m not going to go into detail about each course, because everything really was exceptional. I was going to write my highlights of the dinner, but really, I couldn’t choose! It was an experience like nothing we’ve had before. All of the dishes were visually stunning and elegant, and the flavours were complex. To be honest, I wouldn’t even know where to begin trying to describe the food in detail - the techniques are way beyond me haha. The service throughout the evening was also wonderful. We loved it all!
After 6 years at Clarence Street (which was after 4 years in the former Surry Hills site), Becasse is closing in April, and reopening as a 25-seat restaurant in Westfield Sydney, so get there quick!
Do you have a favourite restaurant experience?
Canapé, black olive biscotti and whipped goat’s curd
A selection of breads with: butter whipped with pig’s fat (I’m sure they had a nicer way of saying it, but that’s what I remember), and olive oil emulsion with black volcanic salt
The prettiest presentation ever – like a bright, delicate garden on the plate: Salad of marinated heirloom vegetables, sugar snap mousseline, black olive and lemon balm
Marinated yellowfin tuna and shaved organic Wagyu beef, white asparagus, mushroom and chilled consommé
Confit miso blue-eye and smoked scallop, sautéed cuttlefish, cauliflower and buckwheat
Roast Palmers Island mulloway, king prawns, soubise purée and smoked crustacea emulsion
Oops, see the empty spot on the left? I started eating before I took a photo! Caramelised suckling pig and braised pork tail, roast parsnip and compressed apple
Slow cooked ballotine of guinea fowl, baby gem, almond, olive and lemon pith puree
Pot-roasted shoulder and fillet of Riverina lamb, goats’ curd, broad beans, confit garlic and rosemary
Isn’t that sweet? They wrote ‘Happy Birthday’ in chocolate! Buttermilk pannacotta, coriander, pain d’epice, pineapple granita
Such a unique presentation for a crème brulée and amazing flavours: Banana crème brulée, salted peanut brittle and milk coffee sorbet
Zokoko 70% Bolivia chocolate and caramel ‘cadeau’, organic vanilla and milk sorbet
Monday – Friday lunch from 12:00pm – 2:30pm
Monday – Saturday dinner from 6:00pm – 10:30pm
204 Clarence Street, Sydney
Phone: +61 2 9283 3440