From the get-go, we were not feeling the love. Staff were invisible, so we grabbed a table, and Mr P. went off in search of menus. A not terribly happy waitperson came to our table, to take our order. He seemed in a rush to give us the lowdown on their coffee, so we listened patiently, as it went in one ear and out the other.
|yuzu cascara spritz $4.70|
This cold, refreshing drink was made with a yuzu syrup and a cascara cold brew, which is the berry of the coffee plant. Not bad, though I expected a bit more - oomph.
|Mr P.'s iced coffee|
|iced coffee $4.70|
Mr P. had an iced coffee, made with their cold brew and housemade icecream. This is a DIY job, like an affogato. He found this nicely refreshing.
|cutesy little bowls for seasonings and sugar|
|sous vide salmon garden $25|
Sadly, I liked the idea and the presentation of this dish more than the actual food. While it looks pretty, the taste ... mm, not really my thing. I don't really understand the value of using technique over flavour. The salmon was incredibly bland, and the texture was weird. I'm not sure how to describe it - gelatinous, odd, strangely unappealing to my palate. The samphire was twiggy; like eating twigs off a bush; not pleasant. Dashi sea foam? Yuzu gel? Just - why?
|coffee rubbed wagyu burger $22 + $4 for 3 polenta chips|
Mr P. liked this burger a lot. The chargrilled brioche bun was not too sweet - yay! (sadly a common fault these days); the wagyu pattie was good, and the chilli jam was really excellent. The polenta chips were okay, if a wee bit bland (and expensive). I have to say we both expected a few more. (Jamie Oliver, where are you? - tee hee.)
|inside the burger - fab chilli jam|
|looks super trendy from the outside|
The Pickings' Verdict: 6/10
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