[invite] Bianca: We have long been fans of Anthony Moscovitz. Alex and I grew up in the Concord area and practically lived on Majors Bay Road. Antoine’s Grill was one of my favourite restaurants in the area and that I frequented often.
He later opened Provence by Antoine in Mortlake. We took one of our favourite Sydney food writers and blogger trailblazer Not Quite Nigella, Lorraine Elliot on a tour of Concord and selected Provence as one of our ‘must-visits’ in the area.
Formerly home to Blackwattle Cafe, Bellevue Cottage is stunning! When the restaurant originally opened, they were trading for breakfast & lunch only, opening hours have been extended to the evening but restricted to indoors only. Which is a crying shame because those outdoor seats are highly coveted, I mean… look at that view!
We were asked whether we had any allergies or dietary requirements and sat back as Antoine showed off years off talent & skill.
My newest job at the Sydney Fish Markets (a few mins around the corner from Bellevue) has given me a new appreciation for the true beauty of high-quality seafood and our meal was very much a love letter to the calibre of Australian seafood.
Starting with Kingfish – w/Shephard avocado, preserved lemon & green tomato $28. Beautifully soft, sweet and rich kingfish. This was summer personified, the salmon caviar/roe giving a burst of freshness with each bite.
Striking in both flavour and presentation. Ulladulla ruby red yellowfin tuna -w/ lemon myrtle & olive dolceforte $29. The flavour was of the tuna was unparalleled, a thin delicate slice of tuna stealing the show. I wasn’t overly fond of the salmon skin, that would be my only feedback.
Bugs are creeping up on Lobsters in many fine dining restaurants in Sydney and for good reason. Balmain Bug – w/ yellow pepper, Jerusalem artichoke & bug jus $32 were a few bites of utter bliss. Sweet & meaty, I happily mopped up as much of that sauce as I could (the bread comes in handy). Who knew I would enjoy fava beans so much as well…
We’re wogs, of course we ordered bread… Bread & house butter $8.
Barramundi -w/ fava beans, coconut & kaffir lime $46. Absolutely faultless, the barramundi was soft and moreish, with perhaps one of the best crispy skins I have had on a fish dish before. You will want to scoop up every spoonful of that sauce!
Rangers Valley Rib Eye WX9, which was part of their premium selection. I could not fault this dish. I only wish there was more of it. Everything from the tender beef unctuous beef, to the mash and rich jus.
And to finish. Frozen Liquorice, lemon, lime & cookie dough $21. I was a little puzzled how the liquorice would work, ultimately this worked because of the varying textures and temperatures.