Our morning meeting went longer than expected so we're rewarding ourselves with lunch at Koots. For Lunch, two options are availble - a limited fixed price menu and a la carte. We've gone for a mix of the two.
Salt cod brandade with grilled calamari, Mt Zero olives and rocket salad
I don't know why but I am unexplicably drawn to anything with salt cod - perhaps it those Veneto genes I inherited from my father. This is a fabulous example of brandade - excellent cod flavour with that wonderful creamy texture that I just love. Served alongside is simply grilled calamari, lovely and tender.
Tuna tartare with cucumber and fresh herbs, salmon roe, wasabi and ginger snow
Paalo enjoyed this so much from our last visit, he's having it again. Happy to report it is ever bit as good as it was.
Steak Haché with Cafe de Paris Butter and Pommes Frittes - from the Fixed Price Menu
Steak Haché is French for hamburger. Cooked medium rare, it is super moist. The flavoursome butter adding a lovely piquancy to the dish.
Potato gnocchi with toasted Hazelnuts, capers, tarragon and blue cheese, beurre noisette and crispy pancetta
Really delightful gnocchi - pan seared, they were still soft inside and not stodgy - the potato flavour evident. I especially appreciated the fact that they were small in size. Some of the crumbled blue cheese melted with the heat of the dish, helping to form an even more delicious sauce.
Floating Island - from Fixed Price Menu
Now this should be called a Floating Skyscraper! Delcious custard, light and fluffy meringue - extremely easy to eat.
Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée
Perfect caramelisation - the topping satisfyingly cracks with a few raps of the spoon. Chock full of vanilla seed, it's everything it should be.