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Danks St Depot: Capital Wines Dinner

2010 October 26
by Reemski

So we all know Jared Ingersoll is one of my favourite chefs for a couple of reasons:

  • He has massive compost bins in his restaurants that he’ll gladly show you if you ask
  • He walks the talk when it comes to sustainability and ethical produce
  • And he’s an all round passionate dude who is really involved in his community

He’s an alright chef too 😉

On this particular occasion we were also tasting the delightful Jen and Mark’s wines from their vineyard just outside Canberra; Capital Wines.

With a posse of food and wine obsessed mates we bundled into Danks St Depot to eat lot’s and drink more!

Our first dish was a warm root crop salad, a gorgeous jumble of warm veggies and contrasting textures comprising of salted kohl rabi, braised baby leek, emulsion of carrot, fennel and potato crisp. I did love in particular the potato crisp, which was actually chip like. The first drink off the ranks was The Whip Riesling. I won’t say anything about the wine cause you know i know nothing about it, except to drink it!

Truffled Egg and Garlic with a soubise of garlic greens, confit of new garlic, poached and truffled egg, crouton and truffle was a standout dish: of course! It was the beginning of truffle season when this dinner took place and Jared had taken delivery of a MASSIVE Canberra region truffle for our dinner, and boy was this good. I believe I licked the plate clean! This course was accompanied by the 2009 ‘The Ambassador’ Tempranillo

Now I failed to photograph one course, cause I was distracted. Sorry. It was a “Ploughmans”  – ham and cider terrine, cheddar and raw onion salad, butter with the 2009 ‘The Senator’ Chardonnay.

This next dish was inspired by the 1980’s but oh so good: a vol au vent with a ragout of Cornucopia Farms Duck with seasonal mushrooms…I really love the smell of sauteeing mushrooms in butter. Makes me drool.  This dish was served with the 2008 Kyeema Vineyard Reserve Merlot.

our last main dish was a really lovely lamb and salt;  saltbush lamb baked in a salt crust, roasted butternut pumpkin and saltbush salad.  Beautiful tender lamb contrasted with the lush and sweet pumpkin. Perfect winter comfort food, served with the now rare as hens teeth, 2009 Kyeema Vineyard Reserve Shiraz (Lucky I have a bottle stashed!)

I had been hassling poor Jared on Twitter about dessert for this evening’s meal as being the middle of winter Iwas hoping for something warm and pudding like..

Perfect: Cumquat clafoutis…tart, sweet, warm…really awesome way to finish a fab night with great food, wine and friends.

Danks St Depot
1/2 Danks Street, Waterloo NSW 2017
02 9698 2201
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  1. October 26, 2010

    I live in Canberra and totally don’t drink enough local wines 🙁
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  2. October 26, 2010

    Wasn’t it a great night?! Chef Jared excelled himself – food was terrific and a perfect accompaniment to our wines.
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  3. October 26, 2010

    Look at that truffled egg and garlic! Makes me drool ….

  4. October 27, 2010

    oh my – how delightful! We really do have some wonderful wines in Canberra 🙂 A hidden gem you might say 🙂
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  5. October 27, 2010

    Fwaor I’m in love with that truffle!
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  6. October 28, 2010

    Love the look of the mushrooms! Do you know how the enoki were cooked? They look nice and dry when enoki so easily go slimy.
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  7. Nelly permalink
    December 19, 2010

    Hi, is this a paid or sponsored meal? I’d love to know how much it cost for a meal like this, everything looks so tasty!

  8. December 19, 2010

    Hi Nelly, I paid for this meal. I believe, from memory, that it was around $80-$90. It was organised by Capital Wines as a showcase of their wines.

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