Restaurant wins award
Having the guts to serve poussin hearts and wild boar have earned Balmoral restaurant Cazador another award.
At the Cuisine Good Food Awards on June 8, chef-owner Dariush Lolaiy and co-owner Rebecca Smidt were recognised for their clear sense of purpose in specialising in game.
Their restaurant won the American Express Best Specialist Restaurant category. The judges acknowledged the Dominion Rd restaurant’s friendly service, well-priced wine list and expertly cooked meat.
They described the ‘‘beautifully tender poussin hearts’’ as a highlight.
‘‘The light, meaty flavour complemented by salty, bacon lardons, the peppery earthiness of fresh parsley, sweet shallots and just a touch of sharpness from vinegar. A perfectly balanced dish.’’
Lolaiy’s parents opened Cazador in the 1980s and the judges commented that the next generation have retained the restaurant’s soul and integrity, while also making it feel relevant and appealing.
The restaurant featured in Cuisine’s 2014 awards, with a score of 15/20. This year it received 16/20. Cuisine is published by Fairfax Media, which also publishes the Central Leader.
Dariush Lolaiy and Rebecca Smidt of Cazador.