Nestled in the middle of Parramatta’s burgeoning food scene is The Emporium. Opening its doors earlier this year it introduced a new, and quality, dining experience for the locals.
Upon arrival I could tell straight away that this place is serious about not only it’s food but it’s wine and the dining experience as a whole. I had the pleasure of feasting on a well planned, and always evolving menu (as chef Rob Cannon describes it) in the Italian villa-inspired garden.
We started with a gently miso dressed Albacore Tuna Tartare which was placed on a beautifully made squid ink puffed rice crisp.
Followed by succulent marble grade 4 Wagyu Beef Tartare also placed on a pork crackling-like tapioca puff with a balsamic-like black garlic sauce.
Next was a pan-fried crispy skin Petuna Ocean Trout with a gorgeous fennel, radish, apple and raspberry salad. When the main hit the table it was followed by a resounding gasp by all the guests.
After a long pause for all to pull out their smartphones and post on social media, we dived into the thrice cooked Pork Hock sitting on a Vietnamese salad.
My favourite dish of the evening was the cheese plate with the most delicious Delice de Cremier. A beautiful triple cream french cheese with an almost cakey-whipped texture, served with gorgeously sweet dried red wine grapes and flavourful quince paste. To finish off the night we were treated a perfectly creamy pudding Chocolate cremeaux and a delicious honeycomb ice cream.
Parramatta Lanes Food Festival ran on the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th October 2015, 5-10pm. See full program at parramattalanes.com.au.
51 Phillip Street, Parramatta, Sydney
Phone: (02) 9687 1955
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of The Emporium