27 Aug 12 – The Morrison has just opened nearby on George St, http://www.themorrison.com.au. Its Sean Connolly from Astral – he of the $1,000 a head menu fame – so should be ok. Looks like a direct competitor of Felix, even the menu styling is the same, though I don’t think its under the Merivale umbrella. Personally I love the atmosphere and room at Felix, but the food is just stock standard, so I’ll be interested to try this, and especially compare the duck liver parfait.
There’s also an Asian push happening in the CBD, with China Lane (sister of China Doll), The Century at Star, Red Lantern on Riley (love the look of the interior), and Mr Wong all opening, the latter reportedly costing $4 million to fit out. They’ll need to turnover a few XO pippies for that.
As for the restaurant du jour, Chiswick, the surrounds are just gorgeous, go for lunch not dinner. Its a beautiful light filled space surrounded by garden and grass. But the food to me was just so so. The crab sliders, which sounded exciting, where doughy and bland. The signature dish Moran family lamb which lines Matt’s daddy’s pockets was sublimely tender but lacked a punch on the flavour stakes. It is however the place To See and Be Seen (mwah mwah daaaling), if you can manage to snare a table.
Off to Pilu this Saturday where I have my eye on the roast suckling pig. Have a great week
Chiswick, 65 Ocean St Woollahra, ph (02) 8388 8688