My boss is retiring. She’s been one of the best bosses I’ve had. Today we had lunch for her at Sage Dining Rooms in the Gorman House Arts Centre in Braddon.
The restaurant is currently doing a taste testing menu to gauge customers’ opinions and thoughts on a variety of dishes the chef is experimenting with.
Sage is one of my favourite places and Bron and I have eaten there many times. I also know it’s a favourite of Tara who has blogged about her experiences.
Before anything was served our paper table cloths were stamped so that we could score five dishes out of ten with positive and negative comments.
Unfortunately because the dishes change there is no menu and I wasn’t quick enough to take in all the components of the dishes.
The first dish is tuna and a really delicate wasabi. I loved the tuna and wasabi.
The second dish is a gnocchi with parmesan and celery hearts. The celery was fantastic. It sung out. I don’t normally eat gnocchi. This was about the best I’ve ever eaten.
The third dish was fried chicken with aubergine and glassed cabbage on a delightful black vinegar and soy paste. The chicken and the paste together was OMG tasty.
Dish number four was a pork loin wrapped around a Cumberland sausage served with apple purée, apple jelly and an apple syrup (I think). This was amazing. The pork was pink and tender and moist and oh so delicious.
Dish five and dessert was a caramelised pineapple ring on a cake (I can’t remember the name sorry) with ice cream and black salt. The pineapple and cake were fantastic and the black salt gave the whole dish a lift. Loved it especially since I’ve been low carbohydrate and this was a real treat.
My scorecard. You can see the layout and my scores. I reckon this is a great way for a chef and restaurant owner to work out how to optimise a menu.
I really like Sage and will come back. If you’re a Canberra resident I highly recommend attending during the taste testing period to help shape the menu.
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