I am a massive fan of Brookfield Place. They have done such wonderful work in creating a high quality dining precinct with some real top end eateries. Way back in the day I went to the Trustee. I actually think I had lunch there the first week it opened. And since then I’ve called in for drinks on a few occasions but I’ve never made it along for another meal. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy my first visit, but probably because so many other new places have opened since I suspect. I made it back recently though for a Friday work lunch and it was entirely delightful.
Our group of four was seated in a booth, downstairs in the bistro and enjoyed a very choice chardonnay while we waited for our food to arrive. I was most excited to have ordered the beetroot carpaccio remoulade, candied walnut, beetroot vinegar ($24.50) for my entrée and then the chicken cotoletta italian coleslaw, aioli jelly ($29.50) for my main.
I don’t often opt for vegetarian dishes but I do love beetroot and I like the meat version of carpaccio, so I was very much looking forward to sampling the beetroot spin. It was a vision when it appeared. So vibrant and there was the more traditional deep rouge splash along with some contrasting colour from golden beets. In the centre of the thinly sliced beetroot was an artistic swirl of remoulade. Flavour wise this dish kicked massive goals, with a little of this and a little of that on your fork, there was plenty going on. It was sweet, creamy, crunchy and I savoured every delicious mouthful.
Similar praise was given to the crispy squid (fried squid soused cucumber salad $19.50).
Also Boss B was extremely complimentary of the octopus dish he had chosen – fremantle octopus white bean puree, chorizo, olives $24.50. One course in and we were very happy lunchers, though truth be told if I am out at lunch on a Friday it’s pretty much guaranteed I’m happy.
Onwards to the main ‘mains’ event and I thought my chicken cottaletta looked delicious. Was it a very fancy chicken schnitzel? You bet it was and this schnitty fan could not have been happier. It was a generous slab of crumbed chook, placed on top of a bed of crunchy slaw. Slaw is just great and I quite enjoyed how the dressing was light and zingy, though there was a wonderful creamy element from the aioli, which had a punchy spice from a generous sprinkle of paprika. From the dainty cornichon that had been speared on top to all the slaw, it was two for two on the ordering front as I powered though the tender chicken.
The barramundi presented beautifully, cone bay barramundi cauliflower puree, pickled vegetables, olive crumbs $41.5, and was said to have tasted just as lovely.
Now the lads opted for coffee at this point but I was given the green light for dessert! I had perhaps already cast an obligatory glance at the options for sweets, so when the orders were placed for short blacks and flat whites I ordered the blood orange tart italian meringue, granny smith apple sorbet $15. Just so pretty with its perfect peaks of meringue, two tone drizzles of sauce and quenelle of green apple sorbet and elegant crumbles. I loved the zesty blood orange flavour and it’s real citrusy kick. It was lovely.
This return visit to the Trustee definitely had me wondering why it had taken me so long to get back, but I suspect it won’t be nearly as long between visits the next time around.