At $85 per person, the meal at Cafe Paci was worth it. There were a number of dishes to try and it was good enough. However, I just felt something was missing after the dinner. Can’t exactly put my finger to what it is. Maybe I needed a dish that had a bit more meat?
The service weren’t very attentive, as our glasses of water were empty quite often without anyone filling them up.
Anyways, when you read the menu, it would be quite confusing because there appears to be some savoury dishes AFTER dessert.
Fried Barramundi Skin, Asparagus with lemon curd & poppy seeds, tacos, rye bread with shaved cheese & rose petal.
I don’t mind having more of the barramundi skin. It is cripsy and kinda like having salt & vinegar chips. Overall, I quite liked all of these.
Tomato, Sashimi prawns, raspberry, sour cream
The prawns were in 3 ways; sashimi, prawn oil and something else (can’t remember). I don’t like to eat tomato raw, but combined with all these ingredients, it was quite nice. It didn’t seem like I was having tomato. There was a taste of like ‘dried shrimp’.
Veal tartare, smoked bone marrow, broccoli, anchovies
..maybe it’s not smoked bone marrow, but just onions
This was probably the least favourite of mine. Tasted quite raw/meaty, but it got better as I ate more of it.
Bacon lettuce Bonito
Cos Lettuce, bacon crumbs, bread crumbs and bonito sauce
This would be one of the dishes that I quite liked. Bonito is used to make the sauce and the overall taste is quite nice and pleasant. Maybe a piece of steam beside it would be awesome!
Potato noodles, raw beef, watercress, lemon, mushrooms
I’m not fond of mushrooms, so gave it away. Ate the rest. The potato noodles have this slight crunch to it and was cold and refreshing.
Carrot Yoghurt Liquorice
I couldn’t taste the liquorice, which is good. The others could. The orangey carrot in the middle made it look like an egg.
Malt Banana Parsley
Malt covered chocolate mousse, parsley sorbet(?), banana sauce
Eating each of these by itself is overpowering and don’t taste nice. You gotta mix all three ingredients and eat it as a whole. Because of this, the dessert was quickly finished.
Sorbet made from Hi Chew
This was quite sweet. I haven’t had Hi-Chew before and it feels like gum. So, I asked if I could swallow it. (This was a free dessert)
Corn and Butter
It does taste like pop-corn! I like this.
Pork & Fennel
Pork Crackling coated in chocolate and fennel seeds
Well well well. So, this is a dessert. I would’ve like the pork crackling to be a bit more ‘crackling’. And those macaroons were called ‘rockaroons’ (that was what I heard). I wasn’t mistaken, I think, because they were quite hard to bite into.