Excessive-tea queens again for a protracted wait

Eating places are like individuals. They’ve good days and dangerous days, says eating reviewer WENDY JOHNSON after lunch at The Marion.  

THE Marion, at Regatta Level, now has an à la carte lunch menu and we have been eager to go to having been handled like queens throughout our high-tea expertise.

Wendy Johnson.

The service on this go to was the other, however extra on that later. Let’s speak meals.

Lunch is 2 programs for $65 or three programs for $75, Monday to Friday. Select from 4 entrées, 4 mains and 4 desserts. Add $9 for sides, whether or not French beans, a salad or frites.

The menu is a stunning learn and choosing was a wrestle since so many dishes sounded scrumptious. 

The lobster bisque entrée (an extra $6) seemed fairly on the plate, with the massive ravioli filled with lobster tail. It was perched on French petite peas. One in all our get together felt the bisque wasn’t intense sufficient. 

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I ordered the very good smoked fillet of beef tonnato. I used to be drawn to the crispy capers and finger limes, which I am keen on. The sauce was well-balanced and skinny slices of pink and purple radish and rocket adorned the dish. The shaved, aged parmesan rounded out the flavour profile.

Mains hit the spot, particularly the herb-crusted lamb backstrap, juicy and tender. On the facet was a standard French pithivier (enclosed pie). The Sicilian caponata was daring and the labneh thick and creamy. The little bit of basil oil poured on high was beautiful. 

The Marion’s dishes are impressed by the globe and energy is invested in sourcing top-quality, seasonable and sustainable produce. That features the Aquna Sustainable Murray Cod. This premium, pond-grown cod provided fantastic flavour and married effectively with roasted cauliflower, and a browned almond and caper butter sauce. Toasted almonds added texture. 

Desserts didn’t disappoint, though my lemon and lavender crème brûlée was too candy for my private style. I ought to have caught to the Canadian part of my palette and ordered the steamed maple syrup sponge. I stole a style of my pal’s and it was pretty with the tonka bean Chantilly cream. Additionally beautiful was the pear and gingerbread crumble.

The Marion showcases sensational views of Canberra all-year spherical. The restaurant is managed by the Grand Pacific Group (Sydney), which boasts it’s an iconic hospitality chief. The service was painfully sluggish from go to whoa and our waitress was wobbly on the menu (it was her first day). 

We waited and waited for each course and greater than as soon as went to the bar ourselves to order. Finally, this was acknowledged, and we have been instructed the restaurant was one employees member down and struggling to cope with the group within the perform room. We have been provided a free drink every, which we loved whereas exercising extra endurance earlier than desserts lastly arrived.