The first dish to come out was the pan-seared scallops ($20.00) which were served with herb butter and cauliflower puree, plus some crispy capers. When they first hit the table I was a bit worried by the look of the scallops – they were pretty caramelised and really dark! But thankfully when we cut into them they weren’t overcooked, retaining a little translucency in the centre. I did feel like they were slightly too crisp, but they delivered on taste still.
I love cauliflower puree and appreciated the generous serve of it, with the creaminess complimenting the nutty butter sauce surrounding it.
The Turkish cigars were piping hot to eat, stuffed to the brim with cheese and parsley wrapped in a crisp Turkish dough, with a side of olive tapenade ($10.00 for 4, $15.00 for 6). I’m not the biggest olive fan so I didn’t indulge in the dip but the cigar was well balanced in flavour, with the pastry the real star on the plate.
I thought it was great that while the menu states 6 cigars for dinner, our waiter gave us the option to just get 4 at a cheaper price like they offer for lunch. I really appreciate such flexibility.
After spying the orange blossom house-made lemonade on the menu, we all decided to quench our thirst with one each. They were tart and tasty, with the sourness lingering on the tongue and cutting through any residual oiliness from the fried cigars.
The meat skewer plate ($28.00) is a really generous dish, and definitely one that I would recommend sharing if you’re so inclined to order it. Chocked full of marinated scotch fillet, chicken and kofta skewers, chorizo, beef croquettes, salad and chips, this is not for the weak hearted.
I actually didn’t try many of the items on this since it was so filling, but the chicken I thought was tender, with a hint of smokiness. The beef croquette was crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Tasty!
When looking over the savoury items, we’d all agreed that dessert was definitely on the cards that night. They came out quickly, and we were excited to end the evening on a sweet note.
Sherilyn’s lemon myrtle pannacotta ($10.00) was smooth and jiggly, with a strong lemon myrtle flavour resonating through. I liked that they used toasted pine nuts on top which was a good point of difference and contrast to the silky texture.
Carlie’s “bitter tia” ($10.00) was a dessert that 6101 created by accident. Their chef made some bitter biscuits which turned out a little too sharp, so they mixed in some tia maria, loads of cream and cocoa – and so the bitter tia was formed. It’s an ode to tiramisu and actually quite light!