141 Belmore Rd, Randwick
French and English restaurant
Book online or call 02 9399 9660
$35 pp for a set menu each Friday
My first impression of Restaurant Balzac (awarded 2 Chef's Hats since 2008) is that it's about the food. The restaurant is tucked away modestly on the busy Belmore Rd in Randwick. The decor is simple, French countryside, and during the day it's bathed in natural sunlight. The service is professional but not snooty. It is perfect for a quiet meal, maybe with a few friends, but there is nothing quiet or understated about the food.
This menu is from a few weeks ago. I thought it was an elegant combination that was perfect for the middle of Winter. The flavours were hearty and complex yet balanced and fresh. Everything was cooked to perfection, the textures were distinct and I cannot rave enough about how good it all tasted.
On top of that, the service was flawless. I had no complaints about this experience. For $35, this is a great way to try what Restaurant Balzac has to offer.
Baked tomato soup with feta arancini
Slow roasted leg of lamb with bean and lentil ragout
Poach quince and almond tart with Chantilly cream