Roasted baby beetroot and jamon salad, shaved reggiano, white balsamic ($23)
Campania pork belly, creamy fennel puree, ham hock consomme, crackle ($22)
Peanut brittle parfait, caramelised banana, hot chocolate sauce ($14) as European offerings: three Bruny Islands and a Victorian on the Australian side, four French and an English on the European. All portions are 50g and served with lavosh ($9.50). A platter of three cheeses with quince paste, honey roasted walnuts and semidried grapes costs $28 and there’s also a truffle-infused honeycomb for $5 extra. Unable to decide? Order a serve of each cheese, with accompaniments, for $80.
If I had the heart, I’d go for the poached pear tart tatin with vanilla bean ice cream and pear crisp ($14). Or perhaps the Cradle Mountain honey creme brulee with hazelnut and lemon kisses ($14).
It’s not to be this time, but it’s a good result all round. For we now have the perfect excuse to return to this lively eatery with bright and energetic staff, a steady hand at the stoves and its heart in the right place.