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Baroque

June 16, 2010

Ok, so I got a bit distracted and never finished writing about my epic Tuesday night. Better write about it before it fades into nonrelevance. So to cap off the night of art viewing, and music listening – we hit up Baroque in the Rocks for some dinner.

What’s a less affected word for “ambience”? I can’t think of one now, but please believe that I’m not trying to be pretentious when I talk about the ambience at Baroque being utterly lovely. Because it really was!

Baroque

I remember that before Baroque, the space held a pretty cool design and furniture store. It’s nice to see the design cred being upheld through the bistro’s ultra hip interiors. The decoration is a mix of modern fixtures and vintage styling. Bright, slick rows of pink plastic furniture go together with almost obligatory smatterings of quirky antique objects. Swathes of brushed aluminium rest next to exposed brickwork and unfinished doorways. It’s quaint, it’s quirky, but BEST of all – it’s well lit! So happy to find somewhere that doesn’t think the height of atmosphere is to just switch off all the lights.

The menu’s design is great, everything seems moderately priced, the staff are friendly and helpful, and don’t bat an eye when we ask for a table for four – with just one person eating dinner, the rest just ordering dessert (of course this all changes once we see the menu).

Therefore it’s with a lot of regret when I say that I don’t know if the food I ordered lived up to the expectations set by the great setting and great service. I think my friends and I agreed, it was all quite nice, but not as great as we wanted it to be.

Cassoulet
Cassoulet
I chose the Cassoulet – the Tuesday special. For $25 it’s really quite good value. There was slow cooked pork neck, confit duck and what I think was boudin blanc (sausage). Unfortunately the beans – an essential part of the cassoulet – were just so hard! The dish would have had quite a different character if the beans were creamy and sweet, instead of hard and dry to chew. On the other hand, the pork neck was lovely, and definitely my favourite part of the dish. Really delicious, and easy to pull apart – but with a bit of a crunchy exterior.

S was a bit disappointed with his escargot entree – feeling that the strong citrus in the dish to be a bit mismatched and overpowerful
Escargots
Escargots

But I have to stress, that whatever disappointments we felt over dinner were COMPLETELY redeemed by dessert.

HEAVEN.

Valrhona chocolate mille feuille at Baroque
Valrhona chocolate mille feuille

I am not a huge chocoholic, but when I tasted J’s mille feuille – I actually yelled out “WHOAH”.

J, being the resident raging chocoholic was in absolute bliss.

Passionfruit Souffle at Baroque
Passionfruit Souffle

L, on the other hand – ordered the Passionfruit soufflé with passionfruit sorbet. Like the mille feuille, it was immaculately presented. With one bite, L promptly exclaimed: “this is why I order soufflés. but nowhere makes it like this!”

Passionfruit Souffle at Baroque
Souffle porn

As we leave, we unanimously decide to come back for dessert again very soon.

Tip: Baroque is owned by the people who also own the superb La Renaissance patisserie across the road. They sell the same macarons! So if you ever feel like a late night macaron fix, here’s where to go!

Also! For those of you who use Foursquare – if you check in here 3 times, you get a free macaron with your coffee!

Baroque Bistro and Patisserie
88 George Street (corner of Hickson Road)
The Rocks Sydney, NSW, Australia 


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5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 16, 2010 1:50 pm

    Ahhh thats why their desserts look so awesome! I love La Renaissance. I shall have to come here just for desserts

    • June 16, 2010 8:31 pm

      Yesss! We only realised after we finished eating, and were admiring the stack of postcards at the counter. Baroque on one side, La Renaissance on the other – it all makes sense now!

      DEFINITELY go there for dessert. So good….! And they open late too ++

  2. June 17, 2010 9:30 pm

    Valrhona chocolate mille feille

    I WANT I WANT

  3. June 30, 2010 11:11 pm

    how cool does that Valrhona chocolate mille feuille look. lovely presentation. i knew i should have tried the desserts when i was there 🙂

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