Under The Parra Sun, is a month long festival taking place at the Emporium Parramatta. I was delighted to attend an exclusive preview with like-minded foodies to enjoy the afternoon in a delightful laneway style garden terrace, home to an abudance of greenery and natural light.
From the 1 – 31 March, this iconic Parramatta restaurant will feature an eclectic mix of events including wine tasting, busking battles, duck masterclasses and even a sip & sketch painting class!
To start of with we were great to a choice of cocktails and naturally I had to taste all three to give you an idea what to choose. The Lychee Martini was fresh sweet and vodka based, Velvet Boisson was Gin based with pomegranate, grapefruit juice and a hint of rose syrup. Finally there was the Watermelon Mojito, my top pick as it had white rum shaken with fresh watermelon, lime and mint.
On the table we were treated to a number of delicious meals, so I’ll just provide you with a quick highlight on each.
Wagyu Beef Tartare – pickled enoki, marinated kelp, bottarga, shies nori crisps.
Tasting notes: tender mouthfuls of beef tartare with a delicate salt curated fish roe (that’s the bottarga) and crunch of the nori crisps.
Picked Butterfly Sardines – shaved fennel, shallots, candied hazelnuts and chives.
Tasting notes: i’m not a fan of sardines as it tends to be a fishy fish and has small fine bones. Sorry guys, but the shaved fennel, shallots and candied hazelnuts were great.
Tempura Zucchini Flowers – fresh ricotta, parmesan and feta, pickled zucchini and tomato.
Tasting notes: pretty sure everyone loves to make the stuffed zucchini flowers, and this was soo deliciously cheesy.
Duck Rillettes – sourdough crostini and house-made pickles.
Tasting notes: rillettes is similar to pate and texture was fine it was a nice dish with the home-made pickles.
Garlic & Chili Yamba Prawns – braised baby bok choy, micro red shiso.
Tasting notes: ok, this was a dish I didn’t want to share, haha. What it needed was a toasty sourdough to soak up the sauce, oh – the micro red shiso is a like reddish-purple basil/clove leaves.
Green Peas Risotto – parmesan, goat curd, toasted hazelnuts, chives and dill oil
Tasting notes: i wasn’t sure about this dish to be honest. Presentation wise it wasn’t appealing (could the luminous green) and a little bit oily.
Sweet Soy Split Pork Ribs – baby bok choy and crispy mung bean noodles.
Tasting notes: one again, I wasn’t salivating and wanted (note: I may have taken some home). The pork ribs were cooked/basted to perfection, the meat fell off the bone and tasted so tender. Highly recommend for the any meat eaters.
Duck Ragout – papardelle pasta, parmesan shaving and chives.
Tasting notes: ok, I forgot to take a photo of this dish, clearly our table ate this far to quickly!
Sip & Sketch ($70pp)
Express yourself through pen and paper with wine to enhance your creativity. Includes art materials, 2 glasses of wine and snacks.
7 March 2017
7pm – 8.30pm
What the Duck? ($110)
Chef Jerome Lorieux presents classic duck dishes in his masterclass. Includes demos, canapés, 3 course and matching wine.
16 March 2017
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sunday Night Live (Free)
Specially curated festival menu with musical entertainment.
5 & 19 March 2017
Australia in a Glass ($70)
Sommelier Aaron Marshall wine tasting from the Hunter, Margaret River to the Barossa Valley.
29 March 2017
7pm – 9pm
The Emporium Parramatta
51 Philip Street, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia
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