Thursday, November 3, 2011

Getting it exactly right

So last night I went to Logan Brown for their bistro dinner ( we paid for that part ourselves, but it's a steal at $39.50 each), before going to the ballet on the tickets I'd won in their competition. Here's the menu.

Potato Gnocchi with Sorrel Pesto, Asparagus & Chorizo
Puy Lentil Cake with Halloumi, Rocket & Red Capsicum Relish
Crispy Skin Gurnard with Sauteed Baby Potatoes, Lemon Spinach & Almond Aioli
Braised Lamb Shoulder with Israeli Cous Cous, Green Olives & Fetta
Bitter Chocolate Mousse with Rose Strawberry Ice Cream & Honeycomb
Orange Blossom Delicious Pudding with Poached Rhubarb & Pistachio Crumble

Between us, Jenn and I covered every possible choice, and of course gave each other tastes of everything, while sipping our complimentary glasses of champagne. If this sounds ridiculously nice, believe me, it was. I had the puy lentil cake, the gurnard and the orange blossom delicious, Jenn had the alternatives. I forgot to get a photo of the entrees before we started to eat them, but here are our two mains and two desserts.

That last photo doesn't capture the beautiful shine and sumptuousness of the chocolate. I could rave on about how it all tasted, but I won't, you'll just have to imagine it. It's enough to say that one of the things I like most about Logan Brown is that everything tastes of itself, but the very best of itself, exactly as it should.
      So then they ordered a taxi to the ballet for us (we finished at 7 and the curtain rose at 7.30), and when we got out and tried to pay, we found it had already been paid for.
       The ballet itself was perfect, the only flaw was that Harvey couldn't see it. Sleeping Beauty is a hoary fairy tale, but they managed to make it both utterly romantic, like scenes out of an old picture book, and yet at the same time fresh and amusing and not taking itself too seriously. Right at the end, the happy couple kiss on the staircase, and immediately after that the two charming cats-in-charge (who have been sparring all night) also kiss, just before the curtain falls. Brilliant. 


Alexia said...

This sounds utterly delicious! I'm glad you had a good time - you deserve it.

Thank you for your review of Fiona Farrell's 'The Broken Book' - it is on my shopping list for this weekend's trip to Tauranga.

Mel said...

That sounds like a beautiful night out, Anne! Never got to try Logan Brown - but that looks like a seriously good meal. Hope you are having a great Sunday.

hungryandfrozen said...

What a wonderful night, I've always wanted to try Logan Brown - this bistro dinner might be my opportunity. I was so sorry to miss the season of Sleeping Beauty - I've seen it before years ago, but this production sounded great. Glad you had a lovely time.