Après, Potts Point

I recently celebrated my 21st birthday by having dinner with family and close friends at Après restaurant in Potts Point. The staff there were lovely for setting up two long tables for us complete with candles and printing out personalised menus.

I selected three entrees, three mains and three desserts for our group’s set menu and I sneakily sat myself next to two people who I knew would share dishes with me so I could sample all three of each course hehehe (thanks Sir D and Charm!). The price for 3 courses was $60.

French martini: Grey Goose vodka, dash of pineapple, chambord – $17.00

Sir D and I chose a French martini from their extensive cocktail list whilst waiting for all the guests to arrive.

Escargots

After our orders are taken, we are presented with a not-so-pretty amuse bouche of escargots. Don’t be put off by it’s appearance though – the snails are soaked in a rich, garlicky butter which just leaves us all wanting to mop up the sauce with some bread. Unfortunately there’s no free bread tonight and I seriously consider just downing the delicious garlic butter, but thankfully the plates are removed before I have time to clog up my arteries with fat.

Presse of rabbit, mushrooms and serrano ham with mustard fruits


The first entree I sample is the rabbit and mushroom presse, with a layer of serrano ham on top and a side of mustard fruits and olives. The presse with the serrano ham is quite salty, but pairs well with the sweet and spicy taste of the mustard fruits. The rabbit is not too gamey, and still allows the flavour of the mushrooms to shine through.

Seared tuna belly with confit garlic, asparagus and capsicum coulis 

The next entree is the seared tuna belly, cooked to perfection with the tuna still being rare in the centre. Charm particularly likes the sweet capsicum coulis, even though she doesn’t like capsicum, and it serves as a great accompaniment to the tuna. I’m in love with the garlic cloves which look still raw but are sweet and soft when I bite into it.

Roasted quail with caramelised eschallots, beetroot and olive jus

The quail is quite substantial, containing two breast sections and two leg sections of the bird as well as pieces of soft beetroot and sweet, caramelised eschallots. The skin of the quail is nice and crispy whist the inside meat remains moist. I don’t taste much of an olive flavour in the olive jus though, but this is a good thing because I don’t like olives anyway :)

Pan-roasted kingfish fillet with fennel, haricot blanc and bouillabaisse jus

After a brief interlude the mains arrive. The kingfish fillet is absolutely delicious, being moist and flaky but with a lovely crispy skin. The fennel imparts a strong aniseed flavour to the beans and is very overpowering; so much so that I can’t detect any of the boillabaisse flavour in the sauce. The fish itself is devoured quickly but most of the beans get left behind.

Poached pork tenderloin with celeriac remoulade, cauliflower puree and jus gras

The pork tenderloin arrives sliced on the plate and you can see the lovely pinkness in the centre. The meat is gorgeously tender although perhaps lacking a bit of flavour. This is easily rectified though by eating it with the deliciously creamy cauliflower puree or the crunchy celeriac remoulade.

“Spatchcock au vin” with ballotine of leg, parsley and roast carrots

By far my favourite main of the night is the spatchcock au vin. The breast piece of the spatchcock is rich with red wine flavour, but it is the ballotine of leg that sends me in raptures. The meat is succulent and tender and although not as strongly flavoured with wine as the breast, is flavoursome nonetheless. Queen Chu and DB can’t finish theirs and immediately Sir D and I swoop down upon their plates and start fighting over their leg pieces. It is that good.

Macerated summer berries with apple jelly and vanilla marscapone mousse

Completely stuffed from the food (and also from scamming food off friends’ plates), I’m glad for the wait between the mains and dessert to allow me to digest. Especially since desserts are my favourite part of the meal! The macerated summer berries are beautifully presented in a wine glass with a layer of apple jelly, marscapone, berries and topped with a round of vanilla marscapone mousse. The mousse is flecked with vanilla and a nice sweetness to counteract the tartness of the strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. There are also berries hidden in the apple jelly and all in all the dessert is a great summery way of ending the meal.

Banana and hazelnut tarte tatin with lime and praline semi-freddo

The tarte tatin was all sorts of banana-y goodness, with the tart being served warm and encrusted with crushed hazelnuts. The semi-freddo was delicious, being mostly sweet with tiny pieces of praline scattered in amongst the ice cream and the occasional hit of sour lime.

Vanilla creme brulee with mango and passionfruit

The creme brulee however was definitely the crowd favourite, with more than half the table ordering it! The toffee was a little disappointing – although it delivered a fantastic crack when the spoon went through, there just wasn’t enough of it! The actual custard part was delicious though, being smooth and creamy and not too eggy. The passionfruit cup was used creatively as a little bowl to hold the mango foam – very cute.

It was a great way to celebrate my birthday with family, friends and great food. Thank you to all the people at Après for the friendly service and fantastic meal, and thanks to all my family and friends who attended – you certainly made my day!

Après
32 Orwell Street
Potts Point NSW 2011
Ph: +61 2 93331 1889
Lunch: Thursday & Friday, 12-3pm
Dinner: 7 days, 6pm til late
10% surcharge on public holidays


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11 thoughts on “Après, Potts Point”

  1. Sounds like a lot of tactical planning went into the seating…

    The escargot look disgustingly lovely. Tart also looks like it beats the crème brulée, despite popular request.

  2. Oohhh lovely photos!!! I love the photo of the quail and I agree with Ninja – the escargots look like little alien things but they look soooooo delicious!!!! Belated Happy Birthday Jacq!!!!!

  3. Love the photos and I agree that it is a crime to serve up golden garlicky butter without bread to accompany it! Happy Birthday again =D

  4. Happy belated Bday ^^! and they could do with some improvement of the escargot presentation even though I can imagine that beautiful garlicky and buttery sauce mmm

  5. Happy birthday Jacq! This looks like a fabulous way to celebrate! I love the look of all of those desserts… especially love the mango foam in the passionfruit cup – so cute :) And how lovely of the staff to customise the menu for you!

  6. Happy Birthday Jacq! Hope it was a wonderful one and it sounds like the food was perfect. We really enjoyed our meal at Apres too!

  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY WOMAN!!!!! you sure did celebrate in style and always a bonus that you sat next to ppl who could let you sample their food ^_^

    Rabbit looks really good and of course the deserts.. arghh which one to choose fromm ^_^

  8. Hi The Ninja – Hehe I'm not sure if I would call it tactical planning, best to leave that to the professionals (i.e. yourself) I think ;)

    Hi Trisha – Thanks! Yeah some people were put off by the appearance of the escargots but that's ok, more for the rest of us!

    Hi mademoiselle délicieuse – Thank you! Do you think it's a crime to drink the garlic butter straight? LOL

    Hi phonakins – Thanks for the birthday wishes :)

    Hi FFichiban – Perhaps they need to serve them in the shell like at The Little Snail? But I believe they wash and re-use the shells there…. oh well, it's all about the garlic butter anyway!

    Hi Betty – Thanks :) I loved the little passionfruit cup as well, hehe I'm always a sucker for cute presentation!

    Hi Lorraine – Thanks Lorraine! Glad you enjoyed your meal at Apres as well. I've only been twice but both times have been excellent :)

    Hi chocolatesuze – Haha ok well next time we can drink it and clog up our arteries together!

    Hi Leona – Thank you! Hehe the best thing about sitting next to people who share is not having to worry which item to choose because you get to try them all!

    Hi Von – Thanks! Yep the escargots were awesome, I only wish there were more!

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