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Marque Friday Prix Fixe

2010 October 11

Just in case you thought I’d disappeared (I haven’t!) or stopped eating out, I thought I’d give you a round up of the meals I’ve had since the beginning of the year that I haven’t blogged about, but ate and photographed enthusiastically.

As I’m moving house shortly, things will continue to be somewhat intermittent, so thank you for bearing with me!

Heading way back to May I was lucky enough to get to not one, but two spectacular lunches.

The first of these was at Marque. I always say that Marque presents intellectually challenging food, and if you’re not prepared to go along for the ride, don’t go there. I love how chef Mark Best and his team come up with interesting and unusual combos. Also helps that I think Marque has the sexiest Sommelier in town! Friday lunches are a must; they present a Prix Fixe menu on Fridays only for lunch. Fantastic and affordable way to get acquainted with the 67th Best Restaurant in the World.

On this particular visit, I unhelpfully was on crutches and lot’s of painkillers as a result of my knee surgery. Kind of silly to hop along to lunch exactly a week after a knee reconstruction and drink enthusiastically, but myself and my dining companion had a ball in spite of my gammy knee.

beetroot and foie gras macarons

Ah, the beetroot and foie gras macarons! Heaven in a mouthful…I believe that these delightful morsels are now a real Marque trademark and rightly so.

chaud froid egg

Another of Marque’s trademark dishes is the Chaud-Froid Free Range Egg, a tribute to Alain Passard at L’Arpège, whose kitchen Mark Best worked in. Hot cold, sweet, sour and salty it’s unlike any egg you’ve eaten before or will eat again.

Squid soup, wakame, custard, basil

Squid soup, wakame, custard and basil was an exercise in brain trickery. What looks like pasta was in fact squid. The squid had been frozen then carefully sliced and cooked for the barest moment into the perfect al dente tenderness. At a recent class at the Sydney Seafood School Mark used a similar technique on a “risotto” of squid.

Wagyu minute steak, radish, brussel sprouts, potato

For our meaty main we were presented with Wagyu minute steak, radish, brussel sprouts and potato. This steak was so thin, it was cooked on one side only; something we did not pick up on at all. We also fell head over heels in love with the crispy shards of brussel sprouts. Coming from a non-Anglo background, I’d not grown up with over-cooked brussels, so on my discovery of them as an adult,  cooked perfectly, it was nothing but love.

I should mention that as my companion doesn’t drink, I was left alone to indulge, so I started with a glass of champagne and then a lovely glass of red. No idea what either of them are as the wine list isn’t on the website! But nonetheless they were delightful, and I was happily pissy by the end of lunch, but not so much that I couldn’t hobble home!

The first of our desserts arrived:

Wild strawberries, milk biscuits, chambord sabayon, chammomile icecream

Wild strawberries from the nearby Blue Mountains, milk biscuits, chambord sabayon, and chammomile icecream: creamy, crispy with a touch of tart from the strawberries.

And look! Another dessert! I love any restaurant that serves me multiple desserts!

Lime marsmallow, goat curd sorbet, sorrel, meringue

This lime marsmallow, goat curd sorbet, sorrel and meringue certainly got the tastebuds going. In fact writing this, and looking at this picture is making me want this dessert again badly. Such an great contrast of flavours and textures and so light. It was the perfect way to end the meal…but then I remembered the salted caramels and the bitter bonbons and had to order the petits fours

petits fours

*sigh* If only I could eat like this every Friday…

*Note* For the Friday Prix fixe you usually need to book a month in advance

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4/5-355 Crown Street
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02 9332 2225
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  1. October 11, 2010

    Mm beetroot.

  2. October 11, 2010

    That squid “pasta” looks amazing. As do the macarons. Oh, let’s face it, it all looks amazing. (Mmmmm, those petit fours!)
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  3. October 11, 2010

    That squid soup looks interesting. I love a place that serves 2 desserts too! I went to Billy Kwong a few months ago and checked out Marque’s menu whilst waiting in line. I wish we went there instead!
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  4. October 12, 2010

    Delicious, thank you for sharing Reem! And serious value for money too… My partner took me to Marque for my birthday and it was amazing. Really liked the beetroot and foie gras macaron as well. I recently got to taste another interesting savoury macaron while in Paris, at Le Comptoir du Relais, with onion and black pudding. Really good actually.
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  5. pommiefoodie permalink
    October 12, 2010

    D’ya know I’ve been meaning to go to Marque for the longest time – it’s on my list of places to go to before we quit Sydney…and now I think I shall! Wonder if they do the price fixe on good friday…..

  6. October 16, 2010

    the lime marshmallow looks stunning!! and i love the colour of the beetroot macarons
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