You know what’s better than a leisurely long lunch? One with free-flowing French bubbles!
Every Sunday, between 12 noon to 3pm, Sydneysiders can indulge at Black by Ezard and enjoy unlimited Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial NV as part of their Champagne Sunday Lunch menu. The $125 price tag buys you three courses at one of Sydney’s plushest restaurants, plus the promise of a never-ending flute of Champagne! It’s a pretty sweet deal for a special occasion or for those looking to unwind in style.
True to their word, from the moment we’re seated, our glasses are filled with the uplifting fizz of Moet.
Like salt to pepper, marshmallows to hot chocolate, oysters and champagne go hand in hand. Black By Ezard’s oysters ($4 each) are particularly exquisite, topped with yuzu and wakame jelly and a sprinkle of togarashi. Even though I’ve had these before, the bitter sweet fragrance of the jellies still surprise and delight. The combination is lusciously soft on the palate and finishes with a sharp kick from the chilli peppers.
There’s of course also Black’s signature complimentary mini brioche loaf served with a gorgeous soft butter and black volcanic sea salt. We happily welcome the top up – another glass of Moet, another loaf of buttery brioche.
If the meal were to have ended here, I would’ve been completely satisfied.
For my starter, I have the Spencer Gulf prawns, sautéed and served with white cheese polenta, compressed watermelon, jalapeno peppers, roast corn salad and a crispy pancetta wafer. Renowned for their superior quality and sheer size, the prawns have a succulent juicy bite. The flavours are intriguing with creamy and zesty elements playing on each other.
The slow cooked pork terrine turns out to be the winning starter. It is breaded, crispy fried, served with garlic and chilli emulsion, pickled shitake mushrooms, and miso sesame wafers. Breaking open the crisp crust, the pork is rich in flavour and is so soft and moist, it just melts in your mouth (excuse the cliche).
We catch glimpses of the Sydney Harbour Bridge as the palm trees sway to the tune of the wind. Although it is a slightly obstructed view, the open windows send a rejuvenating breeze across our table. We feel like a million bucks.
Onto main course, Zen’s herb crusted ocean trout with witlof, black garlic jam, parsley emulsion, parsnip puree, fish crackle and hazelnuts looks absolutely divine. It is a vivid dusty pink, signs it has been perfectly cooked.
My pan roasted duck breast is immaculate in presentation. Thin slivers of pumpkin drape from the duck; there’s pumpkin cream, black figs, honey and Sichuan pepper, and a spiced citrus jus. There’s more cumin than Sichuan pepper, but the dish is otherwise faultless.
Sides are an additional $10 each and sublimely worth every dollar. The chips with parmesan oil and rosemary salt must be triple-fried because they’re immensely crunchy and just amazing. Equally spectacular is the warm kale salad with brussel sprouts, radish, crispy glutinous rice and aromatic herbs.
The strawberry shortcake with mascarpone and vanilla custard, yoghurt lime sorbet and strawberry consommé is light and refreshing. Served deconstructed, I love being able to pick at it. The yoghurt lime sorbet has a subtle sour note that lifts the dish.
The honeycrunch clover honey parfait, with ginger biscuit, honeycomb and cinnamon is visually exciting and delivers on all flavour notes.
Note to self – bring the parents here to impress!
BLACK by Ezard
Level G, Harbourside,
80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Phone: (02) 9657 9109
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Black By Ezard