I know. This post is waaay overdue. I actually went to Bilsons eight months ago. but I feel like it would be a waste of the pics and the dinner if I didn’t at least blog about what was a truly fabulous dinner! Since Tony Bilson taught Tetsuya Wakuda how to cook, my friends and I heavily anticipated Bilson’s restaurant as we figured that his food would be nothing short of epic, and, I’m happy to say that we were right!

note:
I’m still learning my way around my camera (esp. eight months ago!) so pls. forgive me for the less than stellar pics 🙂

We arrived at Bilson’s on a Saturday night that we had booked in advance. After we were seated, it wasn’t long before the magic began 🙂

We started with some fancy cheese sticks to start;
fancy cheese sticks
Then came sourdough with salted butter
sourdough
Honestly is there anything better than fresh bread (especially sourdough) with butter? mmm.

My alternate amuse bouche (cos of the no eating shellfish/pork thing)
amuse bouche
The regular amuse bouche, pea and ham soup

Gazpacho soup that was separated and reintegrated at the table. haha. reintegrated. whenever i see that word, it makes me think of a sci fi for some reason..

One of the best dishes of the night, olive oil cured salmon with goats’ cheese, basil seeds and volcanic salt. the salmon was meltingly tender and the sauces had a wonderful flavour. my friends and i agreed that the sauces were what made the food at Bilsons so special.


Another winner – crispy skinned fish with the most amazing buttery sauce in the world + lobster foam

Mine came without the lobster foam. My friends and I (somewhat) shamefully (are you meant to do this at fancy restaurants?) mopped up the amazing sauce with the sourdough… It was so good that there was no room for regret.

Then came the lamb.. anyone who knows me probably realises that i have a love affair with all things lamb related.. this was the deboned rack of lamb with pureed garlic, aubergine parmiggiana, hollowed out cucumber with a tomato salad and a red wine reduction. getting so full at this point, but the lamb was velvety tender, mm.

A quick shot of a mint/peach palate cleanser that was fruity and refreshing before dessert

Our dessert, the petit sucre (“little sugar” in French) was peach themed.
Dessert was chocolate sauce with pureed peach, with a grilled peach slice, dehydrated peach slice, lavender marshmallow, chocolate mousse and a crispy chocolate square. This was lovely with the peach flavours. The mousse tasted almost like a brownie; it was quite dense and very chocolatey. The crispy chocolate square was amazing – i have no idea how they made it but it tasted wonderfully caramelised so that it was almost smokey.. and the lavender marshmallow also gave this dessert a hint of freshness, just lovely 🙂

The petit fours, little almond cakes and chocolate orange macarons (which reminded me strongly of jaffas. but in a really really delicious way!)

I was excited cos I got to wear my new dress for the first time 🙂

Summary:
Bilsons was a lovely night out for dinner. Gorgeous food, beautiful service lovely setting – what more can you ask for? (Well, except maybe for a discount. Haha.) I would definitely recommend it for a romantic dinner or out with some friends for a special occasion. I really enjoyed my time here and would love to go again sometime soon.

You can grab three different kinds of degustation at Bilsons;
Petit menu (7 courses) @ $145 AUD per person [$215 AUD with matching wines]
Grand menu (9 courses) @ $195 AUD per person [$290 AUD with matching wines]
These both come with vegetarian degustation as an option as well. Also, my friends shared the matching wines between them and each got a half glass of wine (which was a pretty decent amount) with each course. Bilsons were more than happy to accomodate them for this.
Ultimate degustation menu (15 courses!!) @ $280 AUD per person [or $395 AUD with matching wines]

Hope y’all are surviving this weather!

Peace and love!!
xx
Christine

Bilsons: 27 O’Connell Street Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 8214 0496
Open Tue-Thu,Sat 6pm-10pm; Fri 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm-10pm
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