Eateries around the precinct are showcasing favourite dishes and new creations with menu specials and single-meal deals.
$15 or less menus
Espresso Workshop has a great way to start your day, a limited-time Brekkie Bagel, served with scrambled eggs, manuka-smoked bacon, fresh tomato & microgreens.
At The Brit, there’s a choice of classic British gourmet pies priced at $15, including The Old Cottage Pie of grass-fed beef mince with a potato top; The Mince and Cheese; Curried Potato and Spinach Pie with paneer, chilli and mustard seed inside flaky puff pastry or Peppered Steak with braised beef steak, cracked black pepper. To match, there’s a selections of reds and rose from La Belle Angele at $10 per glass.
Yeah Bowl’s Restaurant Month special is the Tsunami Mami Poke Bowl – a healthy serving of sashimi salmon and sashimi tuna, paired with edamame, seaweed, radish, YB chilli oil, GF soy sauce and scattered with wasabi peas.
If you’re a ramen fan, you won’t want to miss Fukuko’s $15 bowl of steaming goodness. Choose from Tonkatsu, spicy chicken or tofu ramen for a lunch or dinner that will chase the chill away.
La Petite Fourchette’s lunch special is inspired by one of France’s most famous films. A The Very French Lunch is a two-course patisserie special. First up, a flammekueche, speciality of the historic regions of Alsace. Made of a thin sheet of unleavened dough, it’s spread generously with crème fraîche, and sprinkled with silvered onions and bacon. Then, there’s the Tropiezenne, a.k.a "La Tarte de Saint-Tropez" – a round brioche filled with orange-scented diplomat cream and sprinkled with pearl sugar. The pastry was named by actress Brigitte Bardot while she was in Saint-Tropez (South of France) filming "And God Created Woman.”
At Xuxu Dumpling Bar, for just $25 per person, diners receive a selection basket of dumplings — Prawn & ginger hao gar, Spinach & water chestnut momo, Pork wontons with Sichuan chilli oil, Fried mochi dumplings (japanese rice cake) with pork and wood ear mushrooms — to share, a pickled cucumber salad, with sesame, chilli and garlic, and Xuxu’s famous Banoffee dumplings with salted caramel and banana. It’s all washed down with a Far Eastern Pilsner.
Cafe Hanoi has a delicious duo of courses in its Memories of Hoi An menu. For $40 a head, diners share crispy coconut and shrimp mini pancakes with crisp lettuce, pickled sprouts and fresh herbs to start; and lemongrass-roasted squid stuffed with pork, glass noodles, and wood-ear mushrooms with five-spice soy reduction and roasted duck salad with red cabbage, pickled radish and lotus stem, crispy lotus root and ginger, lime chilli dressing. The mains are designed to share and are served with wok-seared Asian greens with chilli, soy and toasted sesame, and steamed jasmine rice.
At Ortolana, the two-course dinner menu starts with a mushroom and scamorza piadina, followed by your choice of blue cheese gnudi with pumpkin, sage, and pumpkin kernels, or organic chicken cotoletta, kale, radish, walnut and goddess dressing. For dessert, choose from panna cotta, rhubarb, vincotto and walnut crumble or apple and pear tart with almond, mascarpone and custard. An extra $25 will allow you to choose a wine to match with each course.
$55 + menus
As well as their Chef’s Table event, Ostro is offering a three-course, $55 menu throughout August. After an amuse-bouche of the day, start with an entrée of cauliflower & lobster soup; Clevedon buffalo cherry mozzarella with marinated eggplant, basil and espalette granola or Yellowtail Kingfish crudo with winter citrus, baby fennel, fried shallots and wasabi cream. For a main, you can choose from the mushroom hotpot, storm clam pappardelle, braised wagyu beef cheek with streaky bacon, creamed agria potatoes and cress. Dessert is a Slice of the Day, or their famed petit fours. For $10 a glass, add the matching wines to each course.
Ebisu have a four-course lunch or dinner menu. Options include seared beef tataki with garlic onion dressing, black truffle paste, miso eggplant, teriyaki chicken with Ebisu signature teriyaki sauce, truffle oil, seasonal vegetables, and Ebisu bombe Alaska to finish. For $40, you can add wines matched to every course.