Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of Pullman Hotels and Resorts.
Pullman, Accor’s 5-star hotel brand, has launched a new, vibrant way to dine with Tapastry - a new menu of small dishes created by celebrated chef and Pullman’s Culinary Ambassador, Justin North.
Justin North is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, having won numerous awards over the years including GQ Chef of the Year, Gourmet Traveller’s highest ranking and Chef of the Year in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide, and not to mention sustaining two coveted chefs’ hats for more than eight years. His Tapastry menu will be a national concept that will be rolled out through the entire Pullman network in Australia.
Fig, binnore labna & caramelized onion flat bread
Gastrology attended a small gathering at the Pullman Melbourne Albert Park to be one of the first to taste and see what Tapastry had to offer.
Heirloom tomato Yellingbo olive vanella buffalo mozzarella
The menu combined both artistry and gastronomy; the dishes showcased regional ingredients in innovative small plates.
Freshly shucked pacific oysters, eschallot vinegar and lemon
Each plate was small, allowing room to taste several dishes and was aesthetically pleasing. We loved the use of regional ingredients and the elegance and precision in which the dishes were prepared.
Tiger prawn cocktail
The most outstanding dish of the night was the Roast Northern Rivers Pork Belly, slow cooked Octopus and miso Eggplant. The pork belly flesh was juicy tenderness while the crackling added a subtle savoury note and textural crunch. The slow cooked octopus was full of flavour and had a melt in your mouth texture, which was enhanced by the supple eggplant.
Earl grey ice cream, Zokoko chocolate and salted caramel
Our evening ended on a sweet high with the dessert of Earl grey ice cream, Zokoko chocolate and salted caramel.
Containing a selection of distinct yet harmonious ingredients, this visually attractive dessert was a delicious layered creation. The mellow earl grey ice cream together with the crunchy praline and decadent salted caramel produced a balanced and delectable dessert. We savoured every moreish morsel.
Under the guidance of Justin North the Pullman’s chefs have created an authentic culinary experience using high quality ingredients sourced from local artisans and food producers in the form of Tapastry.
What: Windows Restaurant (Pullman Hotels and Resorts) now serving Justin North’s Tapastry menu
Melbourne location: 65 Queens Rd Melbourne
Cuisine: Modern Australian