Canberra has a lovely and lively community of people writing and posting about food!
The food bloggers are an especially social bunch and we love to get together for lunch every couple of months and enjoy some of Canberra’s wonderful venues.
Sam Kildea, fabulous host that he is, set us up beautifully in Pod’s delightful garden…
The most difficult decision of the day was whether to enjoy two ($50) or three ($60) courses!
Second most tricky was which of the gorgeous options to choose.
Some went with entrees: the Prawn noodle (yes, noodles made from prawns), with a soft 65 degree egg, parmesan, bacon and avruga caviar (which they raved about!)…
….and the very decorative Pork sausage with pickled peach, mushroom cream, capsicum and chilli jam.
Other choices on the menu were Asparagus spears, with beetroot, caramelised onion, goat’s cheese and rye cracker or Duck rillettes with pickled raspberry, crispy chicken skin and nashi pear.
We covered all the mains with the sirloin being the standout dish (along with very popular chilli and rosemary salt baked potatoes and aioli, which Sam thoughtfully threw in for us).
Seared sirloin with fennel, dutch carrot with saffron potato foam
Mushroom and chicken roulade with wasabi jelly, shimeji, chorizo and pea
Pan fried market fish (swordfish this time) with potato, chermoula, wild rice and a lovely spinach soubise
Wombok wrapped nut and lentil with pumpkin, tomato and radish
And hugely successful were the desserts….
My Lime cheesecake with raspberry, lime get, macadamia, raspberry meringue and pineapple sorbet was a delicious balance of tart, sweet, crunchy and creamy – wonderful!
The others loved their Pan perdu cooked in a very aromatic clarified butter with apple tarte tatin ice cream, brandy apple puree, blackberry and white chocolate!
Also tempting was the sour cherry ice cream with coconut and oat crumble, chocolate jelly and cherry marshmallow.
As we chatted about cookbook launches, restaurant recommendations, writing opportunities and of course the wonderful food and atmosphere that Pod Food offers – the new Pod menu was declared a great success!!