On the greyer side of Randwick’s Spot amongst Indian diners and Laundromats, you’ll find this new Modern-Australian gem. The husband and wife team play to their strengths, tallying them together on a chalkboard of specials. The Pork Belly ($14.50) entrée has layers of crispiness in every mouthful: crunchy pork, crispy potato strings and a delicate chili and watercress salad. With a glass of Villa Maria Two Valleys ‘Sauvignon Blanc’ ($7.80/$34) it screams summer, even if the weather outside disagrees. The other sweet coupling is found in the Noisettes of Lamb ($28.50) stacked on caramelised sweet potato. Served with a zucchini ribbon wreath and a sweet onion marmalade, it’s a marriage of effervesce. Blinis ($16.50) should always be seen with smoked salmon like they are here, fun and flighty, like a Russian ballerina. Likewise, the Crème Brûlée ($14) with strawberries marinated in orange syrup, go superbly with the sweet, French Pavillon Le Brie Monbazillac ($5.90/$21.60). “It’s the law of attraction,” as my Secret-living dining partner suggests. Kudos to the chef who refused to serve his white chocolate tart to anyone as he didn’t believe it was up to scratch. Bistro Avoca caters to the comfortably in love – because sometimes the food should do all the talking.
133 Avoca Street, Randwick
Ph: (02) 9399 9667 www.bistroavoca.com.au
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