187 Flinders Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000
Last week marked K and I’s five-year anniversary, and what better way of celebrating this milestone than with our very first (proper) degustation? Ezard was an obvious choice – we’ve both wanted to dine there for quite some time.
A two-hatted restaurant, Ezard is the first brainchild of renowned chef Teage Ezard, who has owned and operated it for over 16 years. The menu takes inspiration from Asian flavours, and consists of both ala carte and an 8-course degustation for $165 (excluding wine and extras).
Located in the spacious basement level of the Adelphi Hotel, its décor was clean and minimalistic, just white linen and occasional pops of bright green. The table service was similarly no-nonsense – the waiters were knowledgeable and accommodating yet unobtrusive, a fine balance.
Clean, light and slightly tangy – the perfect palate cleanser.
This was probably the most memorable dish of the night for me. A fresh oyster immersed in a clear broth, it’s designed to be eaten/drunk as a shot. Be wary – the broth has quite a wasabi hit, but the little ball of sorbet helps to balance this out.
A beautifully made dumpling with rich, tom kha broth poured over the top. The dumpling was filled generously with crab, which tasted sublime, and the little balls of salmon roe added pops of saltiness.
This was a very refreshing dish before the main dishes – both the asparagus and artichokes were beautifully tender.
Cooked to perfection, the ocean trout was soft and flaky. I particularly loved the two rolls of soy noodles nestled underneath the fish, which were bouncy and had great texture.
What’s not to love about pork belly? Sweet and decadent with a great layer of crackling – delicious!
This was probably the dish I was looking forward to the most. The duck breast was cooked to a beautiful blush pink and was evenly tender throughout. I do wish the fat was rendered out a little more and the skin was a little crispier, but the flavours were great. The little taro dumplings were surprisingly tasty too, like an Asian version of roasted potato.
By this time K and I were absolutely stuffed, so we probably didn’t enjoy the dessert as much as we would otherwise have. The cake was rich and intense, but balanced by the ice-cream. A delicious end to a fantastic degustation.
K and I very much enjoyed our first degustation at Ezard. The entire meal took over 3 hours, but all of the courses were well spaced out with just the right amount of time in between each one. The food was overall of a very high quality, with stand-outs being the oyster shooter and the crab dumplings, and the service was impeccable. Yes, it’s an expensive meal, but for a special occasion, it’s worth the splurge, especially if you’re a fan of Asian-inspired flavours.