Cut to the Cheese

Tuscan Bar

Heading towards the warmer months, rooftop bars are such a great place for casual catchups. Plus who doesn’t like getting intoxicated while basking in the warm afternoon sunlight? Well that was originally why we ended up at the Tuscan Bar, until my friend and I found that we could not order mains upstairs and ended up being seated in the more formal downstairs. I was quite hungry so the much smaller bar menu was not going to satisfy me.

The ambience turned much more romantic as the sun started to set and candles were brought out set to the mood. Not feeling the cocktails in the low light, I decided on the cider off the tap. Such a great idea because it was quite sweet and highly refreshing.

Bruschetta ($11)

We grabbed an appetiser to share. I absolutely loved the buffalo mozzarella on the bruschetta. The added fresh cherry tomatoes and olive oil made it such a simple yet delicious appetiser.

Pan-fried butterfish with shredded crab and creamed leeks ($34)

The mains were quite different too. I’m not a huge fish fan but what stood out in this dish was what lay underneath. I was surprised how much crab meat was in the dish, shredded chunks too and not the artificial kind. Also the flavour of the creamed leak was amazing, perfectly paired with everything else on the plate.

30 Day aged black Angus porterhouse chargrilled, served with white onion, horseradish puree, polenta croutons and watercress ($39)

The steak was brilliant. Such a surprise find. Despite being a rib-eye kind of girl, this porterhouse was still perfectly cooked and very enjoyable. The fat may not be for everyone, but I thought it added a very nice flavour. The polenta croutons were crispy yet fluffy. I want to try making these myself one day. My only wish was for more of that delicious horseradish puree to dip in.

Herbed potatoes ($6.50)

Passionfruit panna cotta

I can never pass a panna cotta especially if it’s paired with one of my favourite fruits. The texture was smooth and not really fruity. Not overpowering but still very tasty.

Sticky date pudding

Moist, warm, sweet and mildly sticky; just how I like my sticky date puddings. The pudding did come with vanilla bean ice-cream which you can see the black specks in, tres delicious.

This place was a surprise find and I enjoyed the atmosphere and food immensely. As for a friendly catchup it was a little much, probably more suited a different kind of…meeting. 😉

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