We all know how incredibly hectic the Silly Season can be. I wanted to make sure that before all the mayhem started that I would catch-up with some of my favourite Food Bloggers. So I sent a quick email to find out when the girls were free and settled on a Tuesday night. Since it’s for Christmas I thought Secret Santa would be fun. Lorraine picked names from her hat and sent us all emails to tell us who our Secret Santa was.
When we all got to the restaurant we settled in and caught up before we all gave Lorraine our presents. Everyone took turns closing their eyes so they couldn't tell who their present came from.
Trisha, Lorraine and I decided to share some entrees and mains. I think this is a great way of tasting more of whats on offer. It also stops me from getting too much Food Envy.
We decided to order the snail and asparagus salad $13.00 and the black pudding on puff pastry with roasted apples $15.00 for our Entree.
The snails were soft and the salad was delicious. I only ate a few snails as I was really looking forward to the second entree. This was my first time tasting black pudding. It was really nice with the apple and the pastry. It didn't have a very strong flavour like a Filipino dish that I eat called Dinuguan. This is basically a blood stew that has a very strong flavour.
Trissa and Betty both ordered the baked eggs, porcini cream and toasted baguette $13.00. I had some of Trissa's and it was really nice although I am not really a big fan of runny eggs.
Ellie ordered the poached chicken, witlof, mango with a soy vinaigrette $16.00. It looked like a very summery Entree.
For mains we chose the Ocean Trout Fillet with carrot puree $24.00, Braised Beef Cheeks with roasted parsnips $25.00 and the Confit Lamb Shoulder $25.00.
When there are beef cheeks on the menu I always end up ordering it. I like slow cooked meat. They were very soft and sticky. The roasted parsnips were also nice.
Ellie ordered the butchers cut of beef with fries and eschallot jus $25.00. The fries with this dish were freshly cut and had a slight garlic flavour.
Dessert was shared by the entire table. We ordered the breton shortbread with apple and nougatine $15.00, Croquettes of chocolate caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream $13.00 and the Vanilla creme brulee with pistachio ice cream $13.00.
The croquette innards was a pool of dark chocolate. It was lovely. I really couldn't taste much of the caramel sauce though.
The brulee was ok. I've had a lot of creme brulee and this was not the best. I don't think the ice cream had enough of a pistachio taste.
The breton shortbread with apple and nougatine was my favourite dessert. This came with cute little macarons. Speaking of macarons, they gave us some complimentary macarons.
Baroque is a great place to go for a casual dinner with friends. The menu is affordable and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
Baroque Bistro Patisserie
88 George Street, The Rocks
Telephone: 02 9241 4811
I'd like to thank Trissa from Trissalicious, Betty from Betty's Bites, Ellie from Almost Bourdain , Lorraine from Not Quite Nigella and Trisha from Sugarlace for joining me for dinner and Secret Santa. Meeting you girls has been one of the highlights of my year and I look forward to many more meet ups.
Trissa I can't wait to see your post with you grating coconuts on your new coconut graiter.