I went to Garagistes last Friday night with a couple of friends, and tried many of their amazing dishes.
Saltcod fritters, meyer lemon mayonnaise ($14). A tasty little morsel to start with. The mayonnaise was fantastic.
House-made salami ($15). These were both amazing. The larger slices had a slight aniseed flavour and the smaller ones had a hint of chilli.
Chicken liver parfait, puffed buckwheat, radishes and apple vinegar ($17). This was probably my favourite of all of the dishes, and we loved it so much that we got a second serving. We also ordered some bread to go with it. It was beautifully velvety with an amazing flavour.
Preserved trevally roe, tongola billy, soft onions and fried malt bread ($22). The preserved roe are the brown disc - intensely fishy in flavour, I guess the roe has been processed then dehydrated? Although it looks like there was a lot of cheese, the slices were very thin. An interesting dish.
Grilled octopus, braised cauliflower, mustard leaves and almond picada ($26). The menu listed oxtail instead of cauliflower but they didn't have it on this night. This dish worked really well, with the beautifully caramelised cauliflower hiding underneath. The addition of soft raisins added a lovely sweetness.
The octopus was another dish that was so good that we ordered it twice. The second time it came with little yellow mustard flowers instead of raisins, which were pretty but I found myself missing the sweetness.
Raw jack mackerel, pickles, young elderberries, rhubarb and miners lettuce ($22). Fresh and sharp flavours, but it wasn't my favourite dish.
Dessert time! Lardy cake, malt chiffon, dulce de leche ($15). Rich and comforting. By the way, doesn't the pattern in in the plate look amazing? Apparently all the servingware is made by the head chef Luke's father.
Silk oolong cream, quince jelly, gingerbread and salted walnuts ($15). It doesn't look like much but it was completely amazing. I'm not even going to try and describe it, just get in there and try it yourself!
Rhubarb and spiced custard, hazelnut meringue, dried blueberries ($14). A lovely way to finish the meal, it was light and refreshing.
Fantastic dishes, very inspired. It's definitely worth checking out!