Every year with the girls, we organise a pre-Christmas catch-up session before our social schedules become too hectic. Having heard a lot of good things about L’Étoile, besides the fact that French celebrity Chef “Manouuuuuuu!” operates their kitchen, we decided to book a mid-week dinner there.
We were greeted by a lovely waitress, and led to a table almost next to the window, which was fine by us since there was not much to look at in the rainy street. We ordered some cocktails to ease ourselves into a warmer mood.
We knew that Manu wouldn’t be there that night, so we were not too disappointed not to see him. He was probably filming the upcoming 2nd season of My Kitchen Rules at the time.
The waitress brought us some bread to nibble on and soon after our entrees arrived.
First half a dozen Oysters to share, accompanied by a nice vinegar & shallot dressing, which we gobbled in no time.
My choice of Boudin de Saint-Jacques ($20), a “silky sausage of scallop with crustacean bisque”, made famous in the 1st season of Masterchef, didn’t disappoint, it was very light and subtle, well complimented by the smooth sauce and the spinach.
My friend happily dove into her generous Duck Confit Salad ($22) and declared herself very happy with it.
We both chose the Butcher’s steak and fondant potatoes ($35), which were very simply done but good.
However I was engulfed in a bout of food envy when I saw my other friend’s main dish: some very tender and juicy pieces of Lamb rump ($35), with what looked like the smoothest and creamiest potato puree… she let me take a bite and it turned out excellent indeed!
We were offered a palate cleanser, Watermelon & Champagne Granita.
Then it was time for a nice and runny Cheese ($9 each cheese) for my colleague… (I think it was Bûche d’Affinois..!)
… and for a nicely portioned and delicious Crème Brûlée with Almond biscuit ($15) for me.
As we were leaving I went to say hello to a fellow food blogger sitting right next to us and who happened to be none other than Simon from Simon Food Favourites! Just the time for a brief chat and we were back in the grizzly weather, satiated by some lovely food and conversation!
I think I would go back if I knew Manu was there cooking, but his TV commitments and the fresh-off-the-press news that he and his long-time mate Miguel Maestre are taking over Apéritif in Kings Cross might compromise my chances..! Oh well, there is still the food, worth coming back for alone!
L’Étoile Restaurant & Bar
211 Glenmore Rd
Ph: (02) 9332 1577