22 Glebe Point Rd
Glebe NSW 2037
(02) 9566 2112
Everyone loves a wedding. All that love and sentiment in a public forum for friends and family to tear up over...it's a beautiful thing. And what better way to add to a beautiful thing but celebrating with great food and wine, I say.
When the bride and groom asked me to organise an intimate family lunch for 11, the pressure to deliver was overwhelming...on a Friday for lunch, Marque is booked out until November, Assiette in a similar predicament...great news for the effect their recession lunches have had on business, but no dice for fooderati. The pressure builds...
Fortunately Darren and Bernadette Templeman from Restaurant Atelier come to the rescue, not only opening especially for the wedding party, but arranging a most indulgent wedding menu.
Guests were treated to entrees of horseradish-cured New Zealand king salmon with earthy beetroot sorbet and richly flavoured veal & Madeira consomme with plump seared scallops, beef tortellini and bone marrow.
The hits kept rolling with the daube of New Zealand Wagyu short rib, parnip puree, salsify and confit eschallots, caramelised witlof, a study in how to treat Wagyu the right way, resulting in a meltingly rich, flake-with-your-fork tender piece of moo.
The poached fillet of John Dory greobloise, with celeriac and confit potatoes offered a more gentle contrast to the Wagyu, showcasing Templeman's deft hand at more subtle art.
Sweet tooths who haven't tried Atelier's vanilla and chocolate fudge souffle with malt chocolate ice cream and malt milkshake haven't truly lived. A dessert that comes with instructions doesn't deter the fun factor involved in punching a hole in the admirably lofty souffle, to pour half the milkshake into it. Nor is there any less pleasure from sipping the rest of the milkshake with the chocolate straw.
Not to be outshone, the tonka bean creme brulee with balsamic strawberries and vanilla ice cream is subtle, balanced and light.
The food certainly didn't last long, but the marriage will - and while Danny and Ros head back to Scotland, I reckon there'll be a few trips back to Atelier to relive their first meal as a married couple..Mazeltov.