Vanessa: This post should speak volumes to lovers of whisky and good food! You know how we at FFS feel about the latter, the former is fairly unchartered terriroty although we never shy away from alcohol of any kind. Kingsleys at Woolloomoolo have collaborated with Glenmorangie Scotch Whisky to create a grain to glass dining experience that marries fine food with whisky.
Any opportunity to dine at the finger wharf in woolloomooloo is a treat. Even on a chilly evening, we were comforted by heaters and plush blankets as we settled in at Kingsleys and sipped on the “original and tonic” , akin to a gin and tonic but using Glenmorangie whisky.
The first course of the four course menu was a serve of freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters with ginger & coconut dressing and ovaltine sauce. These were delicious and so fresh, even Bianca, who has an aversion to oysters, enjoyed them. This course was matched with the Quinta Ruban 12 year old whisky which was very smooth and nicely presented.
We were pretty blown away by the flavor of the next course. The spanner crab, lemon barley risotto served with grilled raddicchio and almond had all the elements working for it. Great texture and a bold flavor worked paired well with the Nectar d’or whisky which has sweet, rich tones. It was about this stage of the meal we realised we should have left the car at home!
Next up was a serve of venison with fermented cherry, thyme jus and smoke potato. The venison was cooked to a perfect medium rare but it terms of portion size, I felt it was a little on the small side. This was matched with the Lasanta whisky which is full-bodied and robust.
Last but certainly not least was the dessert course and boy did this bring the menu home. A well presented dish consisting of caramelised brioche, date ice cream, perdro ximenez and hazenlnut brittle. Well this was a fantastic way to round of the meal with subtle sweetness coming from each element, with the brioche being hero on the plate. This was matched with the Signet which is the richest of the Glenmorangie range and has a distinctly sweet, yet spicy, flavor. A great match to an elegant dessert.
This is an ideal menu for those that have a true appreciation for scotch whisky and wish to experience how it can be matched with different dishes. The Grain to Glass Experience is currently running at Kingsley’s Woolloomooloo until June 30th. Priced at $130pp and bookings are essential.
Photos by Bianca
*For Foods Sake dined as guests of Kingsleys Woolloomooloo