Located in Canberra's inner city in a historic building is the elegant, Sabayon. This fine dining experience offers modern Australian cuisine without any stiffness and it is possibly one of many reasons why the lovely Michelle selected this venue for my first Canberra dining experience.
I chose the 'Seared Barramundi with a ragout of Eden Bay mussels, Brocollini, kipfler potatoes and a Champagne buerre blanc' and wasn't disappointed. After the breaking the well seasoned crisp skin with my knife, the flesh was beautifully soft and complimented the champagne buerre blanc sauce. The Eden Bay mussels were gorgeous and reminded me of the flavoursome green lipped mussels I used to enjoy in my youth. Ah when seafood was economical!
I've always been a bit of fan of the traditional warm chocolate fondant and the Sabayon version came with fresh raspberries and pistachio malt ice cream. The ice cream was well paired as the pistachio malt flavours cut through the richness of the chocolate. It's a great venue after a long work week and provides satisfaction in the form of chocolate or in the lovely Michelle's case the vanilla bean creme brulee.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
Address: Shop 4, Melbourne Building, West Row, Canberra, ACT 2501.
Open: Lunch - Tuesday - Friday: 12pm - 3pm. Dinner - Tuesday - Saturday: 6:30pm - 11pm.
Phone: (02) 6247 8212.
Price: Entrees - $18. Mains - $32. Desserts - $15.