Restaurant Review: Bécasse

Name: Bécas­se
Address: 204 Clar­ence Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9283 3440
Type: Res­taur­ant
Cuisine: French/​European
Open­ing hours: 12:00 pm-2:30 pm (lunch, Monday-Fri­day); 6:00 pm-10:30 pm (din­ner, Monday-Sat­urday)
Price: $120 (degust­a­tion); $27 and $45 (à la carte entrée and main respect­ively)

There is no doubt that Bécas­se is one of the stars of Sydney fine din­ing, almost bey­ond review for an ama­teur as myself. Famil­i­ar and unfa­mil­i­ar ingredi­ents are brought togeth­er in every dish with immacu­late exe­cu­tion and present­a­tion. This is food that is as beau­ti­ful to look at as it is beau­ti­ful to savour. I must say that some of the meat­i­er dishes may come across as being a little under­whelm­ing, but this is purely because of the heav­en­li­ness of some of the oth­er dishes; dessert here is some­thing you can’t have enough of! As for ambi­ence, Bécas­se is a place well-suited any time a little bit of soph­ist­ic­a­tion is in order. From the eleg­ant but not too pre­ten­tious din­ing room, you can see the chefs deftly apply­ing their mas­ter­ful craft, as you go through this culin­ary jour­ney.

You can prob­ably tell from my descrip­tion that we had the degust­a­tion, although they also have a decent à la carte selec­tion. I think I will let the pho­tos speak for them­selves, for which many thanks are due to Daniel Tse.

Amuse bouche

Amuse bouche

Salad of heirloom tomato

Salad of heir­loom tomato

Cured Hiramasa kingfish

Cured Hiramasa king­fish

Steamed snapper

Steamed snap­per

Lyonnaise salad

Lyo­n­naise salad

Slow cooked suckling pig

Slow cooked suck­ling pig

Cardamon pannacotta

Car­da­mon pan­nacotta

Rhubarb and mandarin goats' cheesecake

Rhu­barb and man­dar­in goats’ cheese­cake

Banana crème brulée

Banana crème brulée

Daniel, me, Brendan, Rob

Daniel, me, Brendan, Rob

(Farewell Brendan; may your sojourns in Scot­land, philo­soph­ic­al and oth­er­wise, be fruit­ful.)

Con­clu­sion: This is a place any half-decent food­ie will not miss, but I don’t think there’s any urgency to make return vis­its. If you’re on a budget, their café Plan B next door has a delect­able wagyu bur­ger at lunch for only $10.

Food: 8.5÷10
Ser­vice: 8/​10
Ambi­ence: 8/​10
Value: 7.5÷10
Over­all: 8/​10
(what do these num­bers mean?)

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