I was up in Sydney for workies and I was in charge of finding a place for dinner and since we were already in Parramatta, I decided to check out Courtney’s Brasserie for some modern Australian dishes. I made a booking for 3 and we made our way there.
It was only 6PM and there wasn’t a lot of people yet. We were greeted by friendly staff and was shown to our able. There’s also a few things you can buy on the spot if you enjoy the jam other things in a jar.
I saw that the French Martini was on special that night and so you can guess what I got! It was YUMMO, it was FRESH, it was BAM IN YO FACE! I loved it!
When we finished ordering, a complimentary smoked salmon brisket came out and we were super duper excited! I mean, who doesn’t LOVE freebies! These were delectable.
Smoked Salmon Brisket
So I got to order most things because, well, I wanted to try everything on the menu. Anywho, we got some entrees to share and the first dish that came out was the sous vide octopus and they were AMAZEBALL! Everything was cooked perfectly AND there was just so many good flavours.
Sous vide octopus – $23.90
with confit potato, olives and garlic aioli
Next up was the grilled quail fillet with onion puree and candied bacon. This was AMAZEBALL! The quail was juicy and the onion puree was on point and not too onion-y. The candied bacon gave it a lovely texture and the quinoa crisp was a nice little surprise.
Grilled quail fillet – $24.90
With candied bacon, onion puree, pickled beetroot and herb butter
When I saw chicken pate I just had to order it. I was a sucker for pate and today was no different. I enjoyed how well the onion jam went with the pate. However, I found that the pate was smooth as I’d prefer and had a strange taste to it which I didn’t fancy either. It was decent but not one of the better ones I’ve had which was a touch disappointing.
Chicken pate – $20.90
with onion jam, pickled fennel and toasted sourdough
Now we wait for the mains. I saw mash potato on the menu and it has been a while since I’ve had it so BAM I got it. This was AWESOME SAUCE! Creamy, smooth and the oomph flavour just melts in my mouth. Definitely get this if you’re a mash fan (not the monster mash though).
Mash potato – $8.90
I opted for a lighter option and got the barramundi fillet. I found the skin to be cooked perfectly and had a nice crunch to it. The actual fillet was quite dry though. I did love the potato crisp and the pea mash was well very pea-y.
Sustainable Ocean Farmed Barramundi Fillet – $35.90
with pea mash, beurre noisette and potato crisp
The favourite on the table was the herb crusted cowra lamb rump. Now, as you know I can’t eat lamb if it has a lamb smell. This dish certainly did not have that smell at all. The lamb was cooked medium rare and was a nice pink and oh so juicy. This was the crowds favourite and if you like your lamb, this is the dish for you.
Herb crusted Cowra lamb rump – $34.90
with parsnip puree, beetroot and confit young garlic
Our final main dish for the night was the roasted beef fillet. I found this to be quite average. The beef itself was a tad on the dry side but full of flavour. The the butter was AH-MAZING though.
Roasted beef fillet – $38.90
with fondant potato, baby vegetables and Cafe De Paris butter
Finally, it was DESSERT time! I love a myself a panna cotta and got the licorice panna cotta to share. I was really disappointed because the panna cotta was quite solid and not jiggly at all. The licorice flavour wasn’t strong either so it didn’t give me the punch in the face I was hoping for.
Licorice panna cotta – $16.90
with strawberries and white chocolate rice crackle
There was a dessert on the specials menu but I had forgotten what it was. I think it was the pudding and this too was quite hard. The main reason why we got this dessert was because of the fried ice cream.
There were three fried ice cream balls and they were quite small. The staff had forgotten that the dessert came with this and we had to wait for it to be freshly made.
However, when we bit into it, there was so much batter and hardly any ice cream at all. That was the most disappointing fried ice cream I ever had.
The staff were lovely and very friendly. The atmosphere is great for a catch up or even a romantic date. The entrees and mains were superb but the downfall was the desserts. I would definitely come back but will need to check out the other desserts and wouldn’t recommend the ones that I had. Definitely check out the quail fillet and the lamb rump.