The arrival of ethical foie gras is the perfect excuse to revisit Astral – not that you need an excuse. A full Ethical Foie Gras Chef’s Menu ($225/head) is an extravagant and wonderful way to explore the nuances of Eduardo de Sousa’s seasonal, organic product. Consume with abandon, secure in the knowledge that Eduardo’s free-range geese choose to gorge naturally in preparation for winter. It has a slightly more livery flavour which rolls beautifully against the sweetness of the lobster on Sean Connolly’s Lobster Burger with Foie Gras Butter & Baby Cress – it’s just a shame it’s so small! Smoked Duck Breast with Pan Fried Foie Gras and Quince Puree shows off the smooth (they eat less grain) foie gras in a seared form, matched rather nicely by the 2005 Mermerus Pinot Noir ($70). Serving size ramps up with the wholly satisfying adventure of buttery Certified Angus Beef, King Mushroom, Foie Gras with Black Truffle, Miso Hollandaise & Jus Gras. Did I mention there’s a surprisingly enjoyable Coffee and Foie Gras Ice Cream with Salted Caramel for dessert too? Add great wine matches from slick staff, and a particularly clear winter night that made the gleaming city panorama even more lovely, and you have one memorable evening!
Level 17, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (1800) 700 700 www.astralrestaurant.com.au
Modern Australian $$$$