Been wanting for ages to write a "10 things" type of report. (List-style, that is, not the movie with Julia Stiles.) Finally found an opportunity. When someone comes after me for defamation, this is the post I'll point to as an example of differentiation between 'fact', 'honest opinion', and downright silly fiction. Can you tell the difference?*
* Here's a hint: They're generally in different fonts.
Disclaimer: although we all paid for our meals, Atelier knew we were bloggers and went all out to impress. They waived BYO charges on a Friday night and I think we scored an absolute, never-to-be-repeated bargain on the fixed menu price.
What was supposed to be a 3-course set menu for $80 became the amazing feast above, still for $80. Can you believe it, Molly? Of course you can't. But when your restaurant is booked out by a party of ~50 food bloggers and partners, you aim to please.
And, gosh darn it, it was an incredible meal. (It feels a little unfair reporting on this, Molly, because it's unlikely you'll ever have the same experience. That's why I've tried to help you out with the tips above.) Chef Darren Templeman produced a perfect array of dishes. And each one had a little extra touch that made me smile or gasp: a tiny mushroom, olive salt, chocolate straw. Some little thing to look out for on each plate. Like eating a Graeme Base book.
Our table tried to decide on the best dish of the night but very little separated them. It was interesting that for some, their favourite dish was something they wouldn't normally eat/like (raw beef, fish).
There's little more to say other than thank you Miss Piggy for gathering us at Atelier, and to the Sydney food community for being lovely and welcoming.