A while ago P mentioned that I usually only give a 3 or 3.5 – the reason why I haven’t doled out a 5 is because it will mean that it is the best meal of my life and it cannot get any better. Reality: things like this don’t happen everyday. To me a 3 isn’t a bad score – it is an average meal but I wouldn’t mind going back. 4 on the other hand means it was pretty impressive and a memorable experience – Press Food and Wine is one of those few places for me :)
Beef Tartare, Aioli, Toast
Taking away all the indecisions that comes with ordering at Press is the sharing platter, an epic 4 course meal that will leave your belly in struggle town. Starting with the beef tartare and slathering this pate-like paste onto a slice of toasted crispy bread, you wouldn’t even suspect this deliciousness to just be well seasoned raw meat. First course also had a dish with slices of raw tuna that melted in the mouth which was paired well with a dollop of wasabi aioli (wasn’t too wasabi heavy ;) )
Yellowfin Tuna, Wasabi Aioli and Seaweed
Second course began with a healthy heap of salad – bitter rocket, pops of sweet pomegranate, and creamy goat cheese added fresh flavours to the quinoa and lentil salad. One of the highlights from this meal was the chargrilled squid dish where a slight smoky flavour could be tasted as you bit through the chewy yet tender squid. Covered in a lovely pesto sauce (not nut based according to the waiter) it left me picking at this dish!
Quinoa & Lentil, Pomegranate Molasses, Goat’s Curd
Carving knives and forks came out which must mean some form of meat was coming for the third course – yay :) Earth shattering crunch from the crackling transitioning into fat and meat melding together to give an amazing roast pork belly.
Roast Pork Belly, Cucumber Salad & Celeriac Puree
Slices of medium rare steak cooked perfectly with a juicy, tender center, slight pepper burn and charred edge. So. Good.
The last course of the meal: dessert (huzzah!) A sharp crack on the caramelised top into the oozy vanilla seed flecked brulee centre – the bowl was scraped and cleaned until not a spot was left.
Flames! So pretty! A great palate cleanser to end the meal with a bombe alaska that had a bitter dark chocolate icecream center and zesty flavoured meringue :D
My favourites were the chargrilled squid and that amazing steak. Actually, I pretty much enjoyed all dishes except the quinoa and lentil salad – too healthy for me :P Not only do they have lovely food but our waiter was nice and easily accommodated our menu for food allergies and food preferences. I wouldn’t hesitate to come back – you can’t go wrong with Press.