|Ormeggio: “Aperitivo Stuzzichini Sciatt” (8 Crowns)|
The “Aperitivo Stuzzichini Sciatt” (8 Crowns) from Ormeggio caught my eye early on with its mention of deep-fried fontina cheese. Although stretchy when you bite into it, it’s not runny nor gooey-centred like I expect but the buckwheat batter provides an interesting crunchy, nutty outer unlike any batter I’ve tried before.
|Quarter Twenty One: “Fried Hawkesbury School Prawns” (10 Crowns)|
Quarter Twenty One’s “Fried Hawkesbury School Prawns” (10 Crowns, although advertised on the digital menu as 12) provide plenty of crunch and are a great snack with beer. Swathed in a velvety rouille, the prawns are anointed with a couple of pieces of torn prosciutto and can be eaten whole – heads, shell and all – provided you are mindful of sharp shell pieces being potentially stabby in the mouth.
Tantalising aromas from The Cut Bar & Grill’s “Sher F1 Wagyu Meatball” (10 Crowns) will lure you into its tasty meatiness which is neither crumbly nor dry. Gremolata and a bed of slightly tangy cabbage offer a light contrast.
Four in Hand have a serious winding queue by the time we get there, but thank goodness for entertainment in the form of a rotating piggy in its shiny glory. The “Roast suckling pig” (12 Crowns) is tender, soft and given a mild kick by the hot sauce, however it is devoid of crackling – where has it all gone?! The onion ring varies in size from plate to plate but is beautifully crisp. While the coleslaw is definitely on the salty side, this dish garners leering gazes as we weave our way through the crowds back to our (closely guarded) table.
The Montpellier Public House’s “Crisp Brisket of Pasture Fed Beef” (10 Crowns) was ordered due to us having been captured by Balzac’s “Crispy Wagyu Beef” last year. Whilst the previous version resembled a spring roll and was served with mushroom and truffle foam, the current incarnation has crumbed tender beef brisket paired with a creamed wild mushroom sauce. Although I swear I can detect hints of truffle, it could just be the memories talking.
The end of the evening brings us to A Tavola’s “Cremino al Cioccolato” (8 Crowns), a layered dessert of Amadei gianduia chococate crema (tastes like Ferrero Rocher) topped with salty caramel gelato then torched Italian meringue all in a babyccino cup – cute as!
If you happen to be an HSBC customer, you and a companion can pop into the HSBC Customer Lounge (not the VIP Lounge, unless you are in possession of a VIP ticket) to pick up a free drink, free bottles of water plus there are tables and seating. You may even be offered some canapés or hand-crafted Pure Pops – the watermelon lime (pictured above) is really refreshing and very watermelon-y! For non HSBC customers, Pure Pops also have a stand at the festival.
Some grass areas are still a little soft and muddy, so make sure you wear closed shoes (no heels!) and peruse the menu to plan your eating! And check out some more photos and descriptions here as a guide.
9-11 March, 2012
Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park