Suzie’s Restaurant

Lane Cove’s newest restaurant presents Modern Australian food with hints of European flair.

Suzie’s has an a la carte menu as well as a degustation menu with matching wines.
Despite the restaurant being located on the main strip, the atmosphere is extraordinarily soothing and relaxed.

Amuse Bouche – Complimentary amuse bouche came out first, although slightly over reduced, the tomato soup had a big hit of herbs and perfect balance between salty and sweet.

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Entree – Scallop Two Ways

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This dish consisted of a Scallop tortellini with pan seared scallops and mushroom foam on top.
The pastry was delicate and smooth, and had a slight chewiness and springy texture to it. On top the ravioli was the mushroom foam which was airy and light in flavour, but just enough to give it a hint of earthiness. The mirepoix was a nice addition to the dish, giving colour and freshness however there was a slight salty aftertaste from the sauce.
The seared scallops were excellently pan-seared and had a great caramelisation on the skin.

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The beetroot salad had some complimentary elements, however the raw beetroot and radish itself was quite hard and not ripe enough to eat. The pickling added a nice brightness to the dish and the goats cheese mousse was light, creamy and was paired perfectly with the rest of the ingredients. Super fresh.

Mains – Confit Petuna Ocean Trout , Roasted Duck Breast

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Wow. The smoked seafood broth and confit ocean trout is the most amazing pairing I have ever had. The trout was definitely the best piece of fish I have ever eaten. Tender, juicy and perfectly cooked, the smokiness of the broth only brought out the sweetness of the fish itself. This was a perfect dish that made seafood the hero.

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The duck breast was also cooked to perfection, the parsnip puree well-seasoned and jus had solid flavour, colour and perfectly reduced.
This dish was texturally brilliant – soft duck breast, crunchy polenta soldiers and a slightly tangy carrot salad.

Sides: Baby leaf salad

You’d think a baby leaf salad wouldn’t be anything special but the balance of yoghurt dressing, sweetness of the pear and the caramelised hazelnuts and walnuts made this salad a clear winner. I’d order it as a main if I could.

Desserts – Poached pear Mille-Feuille

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Check out those layers. Buttery and flaky, this was hands down one of the best Mille-Feuille I’ve ever had.

The poached pear had a lovely fragrance of spices (Cardamon, cinnamon, staranise) and was perfectly poached.

Chocolate garden – crushed nuts, rose gel, dark chocolate mousse; matcha

This is quite a rich dish and could benefit from a citrus curd being underneath. The mousse itself was a lovely chocolate element (perhaps too much though!) and the tartness of the sorbet cut through that richness of the mousse. I loved the idea of digging into the garden and finding the rose gel underneath which gave a more fragrant flavour overall.

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This place is definitely worth checking out. I’ll also be back to try their other menu items!

Happy eating ! 🙂

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