If you’re here for the food review, just keep scrolling and read from the Bold letters – that would talk about the food. This review comes with a story.
10 points for trying…really. It was eventful, yes it was. We never made it to dessert and we spent most of dinner alternating Edan on our laps but okay, at least we didn’t just spend it being lame. As new parents with an unpredictable baby with a loud voice, we were understandably apprehensive about going out to dinner. Especially at a fine restaurant such as Jackson’s and possibly ruining other diner’s experience. However Jay was adamant that we will not become boring as a couple after kids, so dammit we are heading out! He made the plans. He called the restaurant and warned them and they were fine. They said ‘ok no problems, we will let you have an area which is semi quiet and away from the main crowd.’
So I got ready. I haven’t tried out my wardrobe in a while and realised the difference milk filled boobs made. I could not wear a lot of clothes! (Time to shop!) Despite the difficulty in finding good clothes which were breastfeeding friendly, I found a nice outfit. I looked semi decent. Great. Let’s go. I took Edan and… he. vomits. down. my. only. nice outfit. Why do I forget that babies vomit everywhere? I should have wrapped a burp cloth around me like an inverted cape!
Fast forward. Jackson’s delivered. We were allocated a lovely intimate area and we got in at 6.30pm for an early dinner. Here. We have 1 picture of us at dinner before we got too flustered to take a picture later. Good thinking Lorraine because we definitely wouldn’t have taken any more pictures. Look at Edan. Looking all ready to head to zzzz land. Not!
I must add that the people at Jackson’s were so hospitable to us with Edan around. Simply great service.
Me: I intend to get tipsy tonight….
Jay: You’re not exactly starting off on the right foot with that mocktail.
I told him I wanted to get tipsy not drunk. Having cut down on my alcohol intake throughout pregnancy and now breastfeeding, I am a lightweight. So the solo glass of Tuscan wine (Argiano Brunello di Montipulciano 2007, Tuscany, Italy $25) I had later was enough.. full bodied, a touch sweet and worth every dollar.
The mocktail I had was the Cranberry Whizz ($10) which was light, refreshing and slightly tart. Jay went with an equally red campari and soda.
The Chef’s canapé was intriguing. Two sweet cones with gin cured ocean trout, piped cream cheese, pickled cucumber and roe. The hostess told us to eat it like we would ice cream. Jay wolfed his down, I tried licking it before crunching the whole thing. Apparently you can give away alot by the way you eat your ice cream so I wanted to be cautious.
It was really delicious – sweet, pickled at the same time with a mix of soft cream and crunchy pastry. Mmm.
We also had the Trio of Frivolities $7 – which included the strange tasting peanuts, olives and truffle popcorn. The truffle popcorn was wonderful – totally infused with truffle aroma. The strange tasting peanuts had a dried sour plum flavour to it. I asked the hostess and she said ‘nope!’ to my guess. There was Szechwan pepper, salt and sugar. Where did I get the sour plum flavour from?? Regardless, its really good. It even goes with champagne!
Not forgetting the bread and butter – complimentary and delightful. The cheese sticks spicy after taste from the mustard. We really enjoyed the warm olive bread with salt laced butter.
At this point, Edan started fussing so Jay swooped him up and took him to the back to calm him down. Little did I know, he was having a lovely chat with the Chef. Our entrees came and by the time Edan had calmed down, the chef decided Jay simply had to have his entree re-plated. How lovely is he and how good is the service? No one seemed to care that we were eating with Edan on one arm and spearing our food with the other!
Jay had the specials which was a Rabbit confit tortellini, chestnut cream and asparagus soup ($28). Pictured is the tortellini before the soup was poured over. The soup is thick and hearty, as was the tortellini. The chestnut cream giving the dish a Christmassy touch.
As a couple, we share nearly everything. We certainly share everything we eat unless I order a beef dish. So I let him try half of my Marron, crab and chicken mayo sandwich, truffle, asparagus, avocado ($34) entree. The marron was superbly fresh and was great eaten with the avocado puree, asparagus and truffle cream dotted in the middle. The chicken mayo had a slightly peppery touch to it and was delicious on the toasted brioche. I don’t know what the crab mayo tastes like. and I still wonder.
Do you know why?
…because Jay ate all of it. He bit directly in half when I said ‘ bite both ends ‘. You know you’ve been nagging for a while when your husband hears what you say but disregards it anyway. Thanks…lol.
He felt bad and offered to buy me another round of it but I said no! We shall remember this anniversary dinner as the one where Jay ate all of Lorraine’s crab. Haha.. hahahaa. Not that I needed fewer incidents to remember the dinner by… While waiting for our mains, I felt a startling warmth down my side where I carried Edan. I lifted him and felt the warm patch. Warm and Wet.
oh my god.
He peed on me! That diaper was just changed! Jay must have forgotten to pull the guards up…and the newborn sized nappies were getting a little small. Fear not, I had supplies! While Jay was laughing his head off, I found my trusty pouch of wet wipes and diapers and headed off to the bathroom. Getting to the bathroom was easy. Chef opened the door for me, a lady held the bathroom door for me. I get in and look around. Where on earth will I change him on?? I considered the toilet lid but it was curved and so he is bound to slide off. Should i change him in his pram? No, thats disgusting. I cannot change a baby where people eat. I find it repulsive when people change baby diapers on dining tables. I return to the table, defeated. Since it was just a pee, we decided we would sit through the mains anyway.
The mains. I had the Venison loin, broccoli, horseradish noodle, beetroot and bitter chocolate ($50). The noodles were different. I don’t think I have had noodles in a modern australian restaurant before – and it was good too. Springy, fat and tasty. If they were horseradish, I could not tell or it was very mild. I ate it with the broccoli sauce. The lean piece of venison was cooked medium rare and went well with the chocolate sauce.
Jay had the Market fish, squid & green papaya noodles, black sesame & coconut ($46) - of which the market fish was the goldband snapper. A lean, meaty fish with crispy skin. It was served with ‘noodles’ made of green papaya and had a very asian flavour – sweet and sour. I think Chef must really like Asian cuisine, I see it incorporated in a lot of his food. The cracker had squid ink in it and reminded me of the squid ink cracker I had at Knee Deep.
I don’t think I’ve seen Jay eat so much potato – if you can even think of it as potato. The Potato mash, truffle oil & bacon ($12) was creamy and drippy and heavenly smooth. It was also generously infused with truffle oil so every mouthful of creaminess filled your nostrils with truffle. Delightful and a must have.
And of course, Edan started fussing again. We decided against dessert and dinner for us was done at 9pm. We got home..and this is what we did. We got into our PJs, had Edan sleeping on Jay’s tummy, chatted on Facebook via our mobile with our friends (you-know-who-you-are)… This is life, with a newborn but you know what? We are happy..