Today is not a Saturday, but don’t you wish it was? The new Ladies Lunch at The Village makes me wish even more that it was a Saturday – a little bit of delicious glamour for the long-awaited weekend. I can honestly say this is one of the best lunches I have tasted so far. I’ve also heard Leonardo Di Caprio and Joel Madden have been spotted here…
We began the share platters with some artistic drizzles of lemon over the Salt & Pepper Calamari with Parmesan Aioli – that is, I squeezed the lemon as hard as I could with no direction whatsoever. Completely artistically of course. Fresh, crunchy, slightly spicy with specks of chili, and creamy with the parmesan aioli, I can no longer eat my calamari any other way.
The Sweet Corn & Basil Cappuccino with Tempura Cauliflower is sweet and oh-so-buttery, while still being light on the palate! The basil mingles with the tempura cauliflower to give some texture and creates a warm soup that I would love to cuddle up with on a cold night. Or a hot day, really I’m not picky.
What made the Rocket Pear & Parmesan Salad with Lemon Oregano Vinaigrette was the dressing. Reminiscent of Japanese sesame mayonnaise, its sweet umami flavour does away with the natural bitterness of rocket leaves for a smoother, creamier, tastier rendition.
The Butternut Pumpkin Arancini with Buffalo Mozzarella & Fresh Basil were little balls of warm comfort. I loved the combination of basil with pumpkin, and would’ve loved it even more if there was more kick to give it more personality.
The Seared Fillet of Huon Salmon with Marinated Feta, Rocket & Parmesan Salad was cooked perfectly. The salty sweetness of the marinated feta and salmon, and the tartness of the rocket leaves, harmonised in a medley of flavours and textures that just worked.
If the salmon was a medley, the Crispy Skinned Confit Chicken with Warm Potato & Shallot Salad with Red Wine Jus was a Mediterranean orchestra. Every element of the dish must be eaten together, and for someone who doesn’t usually like olives, that’s saying a lot. The salty-sour olives only give more to the dish without being overbearing. But what brings this dish to a whole new level is the colourful spicy sauce delicately placed in circles on the plate, it’s the creamy spice and sour from this that brings out the sweetness of the olives and enhances the chicken.
We ended with The Village Dessert Tasting Plate which included a deliciously silky white chocolate panna cotta topped with black salt that was was equal parts rich and light. The lemon tart and the Nutella tarts were both full of unmistakable flavour, but for me needed some more crunch. Finally the macarons were flavoured with lemon, chocolate, and lemon respectively. The chocolate macaron had hints of cinnamon that made it taste like rice pudding!
All in all it was a delicious meal – and Ladies, if you’re willing to share, Gentlemen will love it too!
The Ladies Lunch is available every Saturday from 12noon, and includes a glass of sparkling on arrival with a delectable 3-course meal for $59. Never fear! If you can’t wait until Saturday, they are also flexible to open for lunch for groups of 15 or more on other days. Reservations are essential and can be made here.
They also cater for functions with spaces like the Private Dining Room.
1 Kellett Way, Potts Point NSW
Phone: 02 8084 6057
Opens: Tue-Thu 5pm-late, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 12pm-3am
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of The Village