February 09, 2012

Harvest Restaurant

We visited Harvest Restaurant in North Freemantle this evening. It's a small place with an innovative french-influenced menu. They offer a six course degustation, but Debbie and I opted to order a la carte instead.

We started with Veal Crudo, basically a veal tartare, with various preparations of beetroot. There was lightly cooked young beetroot, slightly pickled baby beetroot, and a beetroot cake of some kind. The veal crudo was delicious, delicately spiced and cut coarsely enough to hold an interesting texture.

Our other starter was "lamb nuggets" which are their fanciful name for breaded and fried lamb brains. The breading had a complex spicing that nicely complimented the warm soft texture and mild flavor of the brains. Served on a bed of red cabbage braised with cumin, a sprinkling of dried grapes and a drizzle of muscadel. It was the best preparation of brains I've had in years.

My main was a continuation in the theme of lamb, a slow braised lamb neck served with lamb sweetbreads on a bed of pearl barley, radish, and a jerez sauce. A hearty winter dish, deliciously spiced with fresh thyme, but it seemed a little odd with the nighttime temperatures still around 27. The sweetbreads were well done, but perhaps too reminiscent of the brains. Next time I think I'll try something with a little more contrast to the earlier dishes.

Debbie had a red trumpeter with broad beans on a bed of riced cauliflower flavored with anchovies. The fish was excellent  - a nicely crisp top and salt and butter notes to round it out. The cauliflower was very tasty and a good foil for the fish.

We opted for a side of fennel confit with tomato and basil sauce. It was nice enough but nothing really special - as is appropriate for a side. The basil was fresh with great flavor, maybe from a local garden?

Total for two with a nice glass of spanish white - $150.





We'll definitely be back.