Level 2/13 Kirketon Road
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday
6.00pm – 10.00pm
Tomislav sits within the Dale Jones-Evans 'Art Wall' on the corner of William Street & Kirketon Road. It's a great location with views of the iconic Coke sign on one side, and Harbour Bridge views on the other.
The fact that the restaurant lies behind the DJE 'Art Wall' is a bonus for me as I love Dale Jones-Evans....and now it transpires, I love Tomislav as well...
Buggles & Squeak have been wanting to visit Tomislav for quite some time now, an earlier reservation had to be cancelled, so we were really looking forward to this dinner. We were not disappointed.
On arrival we were shown to our table by the friendly Maitre'd...that is one thing you really notice about your dining experience at Tomislav, the service is very friendly & the staff really know the menu.
The restaurant is small and intimate with both indoor & balcony seating. It is a lovely dining space.
We order our sparkling mineral water & peruse the menu.
We decide to start by ordering the RICE CRACKERS sea salt & vinegar.
These light as feather, deep fried rice crackers arrive with an atomiser containing the vinegar, you simply spritz the amount of vinegar you desire onto the cracker. The crackers themselves dissolve in your mouth they are delicious & oh so moreish...
They are the perfect start to an amazing meal.
For the 1st course Buggles orders the POACHED YELLOW FIN TUNA, egg linguine, Parmesan & celery cress. This arrives on a slate tile & looks & tastes spectacular. The tuna is lightly poached, delicate & divine, the egg linguine the perfect vehicle for the parmesan cream & the celery cress with its delicate crunch cuts through the velvety, creamy richness. This dish is amazing and she has not stopped salivating since.
I order the POACHED COMBOYNE HEN’S EGG peas & ham warm potato cream. This was a bowl of rich, creamy goodness. The 'toast' & warm potato cream sit on top of the peas & poached egg, which, with gentle prodding, releases its lush yolk. Under the egg, little chunks of salty ham add bite & texture. Truly delicious.
For the 2nd course Buggles decides on PASTURE BURRAWONG DUCK BREAST, olive oil sponge & baby beetroots. The duck was tender, moist & rare... the olive oil sponge (reminiscent of very light, aerated bread) soaked up the duck & beetroot juices & the baby beetroot added sweetness & acidity perfectly complementing the duck. Another winner.
I choose the O’CONNOR SCOTCH FILLET, oyster mushrooms, horseradish & bone marrow. The fillet arrives sliced & is perfectly medium rare. It sits on top of silky oyster mushrooms & a wonderfully light horesradish cream. The accompanying bone is filled with lush oozy marrow that I pour onto the top of my fillet....rich, decadent.....heavenly.
To accompany our mains we order perfectly cooked (just the right amount of crunch) snow peas & triple cooked (steamed & then twice fried) crinkle cut chips. These are without doubt the best chips we have ever eaten (yes, even better than Rockpool Bar & Grill), they are incredibly crisp on the outside and light & fluffly inside.
The 2008 Waitiri Creek ‘Drummer’ Pinot Noir, was smooth & very easy to drink.
And now to the 3rd Course.....dessert!
Buggles is tossing up between the APPLE CRUMBLE, macadamia nuts & clotted cream ice cream & the DARK CHOCOLATE MOUSSE toasted hazelnuts & vanilla ice cream. She decides on the Chocolate Mousse. While this was a very good chocolate mousse, thick, rich & chocolately it wasn't exceptional, which after the previous courses was a bit of a let down. The 'pop rocks' sprinkled throughout the hazelnut add a bit of fun to the dish. It was also very pretty.
I order VANILLA CHEESECAKE, cream cheese & rhubarb sorbet. This is not cheescake in its traditional form. It is a light foamy mousse sitting on top of a crisp, buttery biscuit base. On top of the mousse sits diced cheese jelly & it is accompanied by an intensely tart rhubarb sorbet. Very, very good.
To say we loved Tomislav would be an understatment, it is now firmly placed in my top 10 Sydney restaurants.
We cannot wait to return & next time we will take our girls Holly & Ange with us!