Apparently there’s a financial crisis occurring, and some have used it as an excuse to offer reasonably priced meal deals! Bistro CBD is the first to kick off this effort with their Fixed Rate Feast! Lucky for me, I had a lunch catch up with Howard from Eat, Show & Tell and this was the perfect venue.
I’ve been here before, and I’ve always enjoyed the food. Not as showy as some of the other fine diners around, Bistro CBD is a reliable stand by for serious work lunch. The Fixed Rate Feast offers two courses for $30 or three courses for $40. There are three options for entree, main and dessert.
Luckily for Howard and I we are seated right under a window! We both decide to go for 3 courses. I go out on a limb and try something I’ve never had before: Black Pudding. For those that are unfamiliar, Black Pudding is blood sausage. Literally.
It was served with pickled pear and waldorf salad. I have to admit, I was somewhat nervous about trying the black pudding, but I was surprised by how rich and earthy it was. I found the creamy dressing on the salad a little too much with the pudding, though the pear was a perfect accompaniment. Howard went for the decadent option of the Ocean Trout, shaved fennel, raddichio and citrus dressing. On ordering the waitress pointed out that the trout was served as a tartare, in other words, raw. No problems here! It was the most gorgeous hued delight with bonus roe!!!:
On to our mains and Howard quickly settled on the Pork Belly served with roast pumpkin cream, spinach and red wine jus:
I’m not a pork eater, so not really able to discern whether it’s been cooked properly or not. The taste I had was pretty good, however as Howard points out, there was a disappointing lack of crackling… To attempt to offset the richness of our tasty mains, we ordered a side of beans with olive butter:
I couldn’t really discern any olive, but I saw the small black flecks. I’m always a bit annoyed with how restaurants charge you premium for sides. At the supermarket these beans would cost you no more than $2 plus some butter and olives you already have in the fridge…but $8! Nah…but that’s average for Sydney
For my main I chose the Fish of the Day served with crab and zucchini remoulade..
I don’t actually know what the fish was that day, but it was tasty and the remoulade was to die for: a soft creamy concoction of crab, mayonnaise and shredded zucchini…It was deliciously moreish…
We were now into our second hour in the restaurant and checking our watches. The service was good, but it was busy. Don’t expect to get in and out of here in an hour or less.
Finally, dessert. Howard went for a classic with a twist: Yoghurt pannacotta with fresh strawberries:
It had the most lovely texture, and wonderful yoghurt flavour, and was so refreshing and palate cleansing after such a rich meal.
I had ordered the Tamarillo compote with tamarillo sorbet, but was sad to find out that they had run out. I was given a trio of sorbet instead: kaffir lime and coconut, saffron and something and the most disappointing chocolate:
The kaffir lime was clean, and crisp and tangy and very true to flavour. The saffron was almost too subtle, while Howard and I agreed that the chocolate tasted like very cheap chocolate, too sweet, not enough actual cocoa.
Overall, a most fantastic meal for $40, and a trend that I hope other restaurants pick up.
52 King St (Corner of York St)
02 8297 7010