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We had dinner with friends last Friday at Bistro Ortolan, a two hat French restaurant in Leichhardt.  The food and service were both excellent, and it was easy to see how they had impressed the critics.  I managed to have two courses with foie gras, so I was feeling very opulent that night (as opposed to Saturday morning, when I was feeling very corpulent).

My entree : Rillette of Macleay Valley White rabbit with duck liver and Armagnac parfait, foie gras and freshly toasted brioche.

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Pete’s entree : Rare loin of Yellowfin tuna with almond and sherry velouté and blue swimmer crab rémoulade

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My main : Pot-eu-feu of organic Burrawong chicken with foie gras, Jerusalem artichokes, Dutch carrots and Black winter truffle.

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Dessert (which seven of the eight of us chose) : Raspberry and white chocolate ‘Bombe Alaska’ with fresh raspberries.  This tasted magnificent, although I was a little disappointed by the plating.  I don’t think the raspberries needed the silver leaf hats, which actually looked like bits of foil.

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Christina’s dessert : Earl Grey and chocolate brownie crème brulée with Pedro Ximenez ice-cream and warm chocolate fondant.

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Petit fours : I don’t know what these were, because I was so full by this point that I couldn’t eat anymore.  The little Lumix coped well with the low light (it was about 11pm by this stage), especially given that I refused to turn on the flash!

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All in all, a wonderful night out – we had fantastic food, great service and made some new friends.  Is there a better way to spend a Friday evening?

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