Thursday, May 20, 2010

Jacques Reymond

Housed in an old Victorian mansion (circa 1880), Jacques Reymond's self named restaurant features three beautifully adorned dining rooms complete with open fireplace, and surrounded by lush landscaped gardens.

Earlier this year, Jacques Reymond was awarded Restaurant of the Year and Three-Hat Restaurant Status (for the fourth consecutive year) at The Age Good Food Guide 2010 Awards.

Born in Burgundy, France, the chef and published authour believes in taking a new approach to fine dining... and the result is a menu consisting of only entrée sized dishes. "The idea is to allow the guest to sample a wider variety of dishes in a more dynamic and accessible way."

This was the best bread starter I've ever had at a restaurant. I would liken it to the texture of the pastry used for cream puffs, but so much better. Airy and light with a mild taste of cheese.

Lemongrass, spinach & rock lobster soup, fragrant Tiger prawn, 
sweet potato & turmeric ice cream.

Sandwich of spanner crab, mirin & fresh wasabi jelly,
lacquered Petuna ocean trout, black bean and sweetcorn dressing.

Wild barramundi, almond & bush mountain pepper caramel,
yoghurt & black garlic, kaffir lime & lemongrass espuma.

Pekin duck & Hervey bay scallops, peking juices, spiced marshmallow like a crêpe, crispy rice, ginger sesame & pandan oil.

Highland venison like a warm carpaccio, horseradish mustard dressing, butternut pumpkin with honey & bitter chocolate beignet.

Western plains suckling pig & tamarind, celeriac & bitter almond,
dashi apple veil, dancing bonito flakes & rosella chutney salad, cavalo nero.

 Pacific Rim martini of pineapple, passionfruit & banana,
liquorice ice cream & honeycomb.

 Millefeuilles of chocolate:  white chocolate mousse, pure Caribbean chilli ice cream, dark chocolate mousse & praline ice cream.

 Petits fours

Reymond's team were so attentive our glasses were never less than half full, and our bread baskets always filled. The chef himself made many floor appearances throughout the night, always with a smile or a friendly word to his guests.

Jacques Reymond is open for dinner from Tuesday-Saturday, and lunch from Thursday-Friday. You will find them at 78 William Road, Prahran.

Degustation Menu - $265 with matching wines or $170 without
Degustation Menu (Vegetarian) - $225 with matching wines or $130 without
À la carte Menu - $98 for 3 courses/$125 for 4 courses/$150 for 5 courses

The restaurant offers an extensive wine list selected by restaurant sommelier, Nathalie Reymond, who also happens to be Jacques' daughter. For further details, visit

Bon appétit.

"Sleep 'til you're hungry, eat 'til you're sleepy."  ~Author Unknown

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