Saturday 28 October 2017

A degustation dinner at Palate Food + Drink in Burnie

One of the things that has been on my bucket list of things to do in Burnie is to try a degustation dinner at Palate Food and Drink. So, a few weeks ago, I contacted Palate to make a reservation, but unfortunately they were booked out for the rest of the year. Luckily though, they had a cancellation for last night's dinner, so Dave and I were able to go along and try their seven course menu.

We started off with some fresh warm bread with soft herbed butter, before the first course of salmon sashimi with sesame, cucumber, lime leaf, ponzu and herbs, which was extremely fresh and a great light start to the meal.

The next course was roasted asparagus with miso buere blanc and thai breadcrumbs. The miso buere blanc was so flavoursome and the fresh asparagus was perfectly cooked, and paired with the crispy breadcrumbs, this was another great starter.

The following course was warm duck rilette with pear, sage, proscuitto, gorgonzola and lettuce. The duck was extremely tender and lean, and the various sweet and savoury flavours formed an excellent combination.

We then received a lemon and rosemary granita as a palate cleanser, before having the next course - sous vide pork fillet with pea tendrils, persian feta, radish and apple puree. Again, the pork was extremely tender and perfectly cooked, and the vegetables were very fresh.

The last savoury course was a 12 hour lamb neck with celariac, piccalilli hung yoghurt, baby onion and jus. The lamb was tender and crispy on the outside, and the yoghurt was a lovely balance to the richness of the lamb and jus.

The final course was dessert - mango semifreddo with pineapple granita, coconut and chocolate mint. While I usually go for a chocolate or caramel based, as opposed to a fruity, dessert, after the richness of the duck, pork and lamb, this lighter dessert was the perfect end to the meal.

Unfortunately last night was Palate's final degustation dinner for the year, but I would highly recommend that any locals, or anyone planning to travel to Burnie, try and get a booking for dinner next year, as the combination of flavours and the fresh Tasmanian produce is definitely worth experiencing.

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