On Sunday, Gastrology bloggers joined Gabriel Gaté (a chef with an international reputation as a cookery author, television presenter and cookery teacher) for a decadent lunch hosted by Stamford Plaza Melbourne and Reader's Feast Bookstore.
Gourmet yabby salad, pear & walnut
Grilled duck, sautéed potatoes, curly salad
French Chef Gabriel Gaté took us on a gastronomic adventure through the different regions of France as we savoured a 3 course lunch menu of traditional French dishes featuring hearty recipes from two of Gabriel’s latest cookbooks and heard from the man himself as he talked about the inspiration behind them.
Left: Cherry clafoutis, crème anglaise
Right: Rum savarin
The food that we indulged in on Sunday is available in a tasting menu that will be served at Harry’s Restaurant this week from 14 to 20 October, for just $55 per person for those who cannot get enough of his authentic fare!
Gabriel Gaté tasting menu at Harry's Restaurant & bar
Continue the love affair of authentic French cuisine!
Stamford Plaza Melbourne has launched a new tapas-style menu, aptly named “The Stamford Sharing Platter Menu”. Full of bite sized treats, the menu showcases a variety of cuisines from around the globe.
Designed by Executive Chef, Ketan Seth, the menu at Harry’s is a tempting mix that’s easy to share with a crowd. Seth’s career with some of the world’s most renowned hotels including The Langham Melbourne, Crown Melbourne and Dubai’s Raffles hotels and The Atlantis translates into a menu which reflects an eclectic mix of European and Asian influences.
Left: Arancini - shiitake mushrooms, king oyster mushrooms
We enjoyed glasses of Pinot Noir (kindly recommended by our lovely waitress) over a selection of tapas.
Curry Puffs - golden puff pastry wrapped around vegetables, chicken and curry sauce from an old secret recipe
The famous Stamford Curry Puffs lived up to their hype. The pastries were baked to perfection, providing a nice crisp bite. The filling was most appealing, boasting the customary punchy flavours exhibited by South East Asian curries. This was the most authentic rendition of the Malaysian/Singaporean curry puff we have tasted in Melbourne.
Left: Seared baby snapper - buttered beans with hazelnut, fig and fennel
Another stand out dish was the decadent Shiraz Braised Beef Cheeks with lemon scented spinach. Comfort food at its best, the beef cheek was very tender and fell away easily with the weight of the fork. Coated with the rich braising sauce, it was delicious. The accompanying spinach was well-seasoned and had the perfect hint of lemon. This dish went very well with the truffle mash which was beautifully creamy.
A duo of desserts concluded our evening.
Saffron apple slice - Salted caramel centre on a hazelnut sable
The saffron apple slice was delightful. The salted caramel centre was rich, smooth and well balanced.
Lemon cheesecake - Madeira stewed strawberries
The rich and creamy cheesecake was perfectly counterbalanced by the tart strawberry components.
Harry’s new menu offers an abundance of choice from international cuisines so patrons are treated to a varied and multi-dimensional culinary experience. Incredibly versatile, it makes Harry’s the perfect spot for everything from a quick snack, a long period of grazing with friends to a hangout place for after-work drinks and nibbles with colleagues.
Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Stamford Plaza.