Brenda: Location, design and award winning chef is what makes Black by ezard the perfect combination for an amazing dining experience. Located at The Star, it overlooks the amazing Pyrmont while you dine – we had the delight to experience the transformation of Pyrmont from day to night. The restaurant is designed by Paul Kelly and expresses a warm, dark and rich ambiance. And as the name of the restaurant suggests, Melbourne’s Teage Ezard is the chef behind this restaurant and he brings you his interpretation of contemporary Australian grill.
When I looked through the menu and discovered they provided a pre-theatre menu (two courses for $65 or three courses for $75), I decided this would be a perfect place to have the long overdue catch up dinner with my two closest girlfriends. We decided on getting the three course pre-theatre menu.
PORK hock, slow cooked, crispy fried, apple and pear slaw, green chilli caramel. The pork that was buried in this dish was absolutely amazing – it was tender and just falls apart. The crisp and fresh slaw gave the dish a great contrast in textures.
BEEF TARTARE heirloom beets, spiced herb mayonnaise, mustard ice cream, puffed wild rice. I was so surprised how large this portion was for an entrée – you could have had this for a main! The beef was irresistibly tender and just melts in your mouth.
PRAWNS sauteed spencer gulf, white cheese polenta, compressed watermelon, jalapeno peppers, roast corn salad, crispy pancetta. This dish was rather small but interesting in flavours. It was rich and creamy and lovely with the burst of watermelon.
GNOCCHI handmade potato, chestnut cream, chestnut mushrooms, roasted salsify, parsley and parmesan. A truly beautiful dish – rich and creamy with beautiful soft gnocchi.
OCEAN TROUT pan roasted, marinated grapes, pickled eschalots and lemongrass nage. It was quite a heavy dish, but well combined flavours and a generous piece of trout.
FILET grass fed angus 200g, roasted cauliflower and pearl onion salad with gremolata. I’ve heard many people rave about the steak here and I agree this really is a good piece of quality steak, perfectly cooked and succulent. The asparagus also had a really lovely zesty sauce that brings the dish together.
STRAWBERRY shortcake, sauternes mascarpone, yoghurt lime sorbet, strawberry jelly. This deconstructed dessert was perfectly balanced in both texture and acidity but was probably the most boring of the three to be honest.
CHOCOLATE warm couverture ganache, fresh mint ice cream, raspberry mousse, chocolate cookie. This reminds me of the Lindt Dome of Decadence and just perfect for those chocoholics out there.
HONEYCRUNCH clover honey parfait, ginger biscuit, honeycomb and cinnamon. This was an exciting dish with large variety of textured elements.
(02) 9657 9109
Level G, The Star, Harbourside. 80 Pyrmont st, Pyrmont NSW 2009.
Operating Hours: Monday – closed; Tuesday and Wednesday – 5.30pm till 9.30pm; Thursday and Friday 12pm till 3pm and 5.30pm till 10pm; Saturday 5.30pm till 10pm; Sunday 12pm till 3pm and 5.30pm till 9.30pm.