Pistachio Dining at Torrens

 

Bron has bought an Entertainment Book and the plan is to eat our way through the book :-) The Entertainment Book provides a substantial discount on a large number of restaurants in Canberra. The value for food lovers is obvious.

On Thursday night Bron and I went to Pistachio Dining at Torrens for dinner. When we arrived for our 8 pm reservation we noticed the restaurant had just under half of its tables occupied and we noticed that night’s service only required one waiter. We were greeted with a friendly smile and shown to a table for two near the back wall of the dining room. The rectangular dining area was very large without any poles or pillars. One wall is the front window panel that reveals the carpark of the Torrens’ shops. At 8 pm on a May evening it’s dark and atmospheric. The restaurant is nicely heated :-)

The menu is marked by one of my favourite dishes of all time, viz., crumbed lamb brains (I think Dr Offal may reblog this post :-) ).

Pistachio Menu April 2014

Pistachio Menu April 2014

It’s no surprise I went for the brains for an entré while Bron when for the tasting plate.

Crumbed lamb brains with baby spinach, dried prosciutto and split jus

Crumbed lamb brains with baby spinach, dried prosciutto and split jus

Sautéed Sea scallops with smoked salmon, watercress, salmon roe and beurre blanc | Slow cooked lobster tail with pearl barley, chorizo, garlic chips, confit potato and herb oil | Grilled haloumi with buttermilk curd, tomato compote, charred onion and wild rocket

Sautéed Sea scallops with smoked salmon, watercress, salmon roe and beurre blanc | Slow cooked lobster tail with pearl barley, chorizo, garlic chips, confit potato and herb oil | Grilled haloumi with buttermilk curd, tomato compote, charred onion and wild rocket

The brains were delicious, my only negative was the prosciutto not because it tasted bad, quite the contrary it was delicious, but it was dried and difficult to handle with a knife and fork.  I would have used my fingers but that’s not appropriate in a fine dining restaurant.

Bron enjoyed her tasting plate too. I think the tasting plate is the way to go if we eat there again.

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For a main course I chose the lamb shoulder and Bron chose the pork.

Lamb shoulder that has been cooked for 12 hrs and pressed with green cabbage,  bacon lardons, rosemary, turned zucchini and potato

Lamb shoulder that has been cooked for 12 hrs and pressed with green cabbage,
bacon lardons, rosemary, turned zucchini and potato

Roasted pork with mushroom purée, red wine reduction, caramelised onion  and chickpea chip

Roasted pork with mushroom purée, red wine reduction, caramelised onion
and chickpea chip

Both dishes were delicious with easy pull apart flesh. You could just see how tender Bron’s pork was when she used her fork to gently tease a portion of flesh from the piece of pork in the centre of her plate. It sounded like the mushrooms were delicious too.

For me, the lamb was perfect. The lamb came in two parts, on top were thin slices of medium rare meat which was seasoned nicely and delicious. The rest of the meat was a large muscle bundle from the shoulder that was full of flavour and jelly.

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For dessert Bron chose a special which was a Crème brûlée  with pistachio biscotti and chocolate fondant. I didn’t capture an image sorry. I asked for the passionfruit parfait with vanilla ice cream and pistachio praline. Utterly delicious.

Passionfruit parfait with vanilla ice cream, pistachio praline, syrup and dried flowers

Passionfruit parfait with vanilla ice cream, pistachio praline, syrup and dried flowers

We would happily recommend Pistachio Dining at Torrens. If you live in Canberra, it’s a restaurant worth eating at.

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16 Responses to Pistachio Dining at Torrens

  1. our city used to have that kind book. but because we lack really good restuarants people just didnt buy them anymore.
    I just started to find new places to eat, to go out of my usual hangouts. some places were pretty good. some so horrible.(my breakfast for instance at a hotel. everything was burnt. except my eggs and pancakes! go figure)
    wow everything on Pistachio Dining’s menu sounds really yummy. well except the brains. but i am willing to try everything at least once. lol.

    • I hope your town gets bigger or hopefully new industry develops so there are more restaurants to eat at. Canberra has so many places mainly because it’s the capital with so many government and contract workers.

      • my town is a major fixture in the oil and gas industry. one would think we would have lots more options. we just had food, and clothing stores open.
        i think people dont want to be bothered with working anywhere else but the oilfield. it is hard enough getting anyone to work up here at a regular job.
        and then it also about convenience.
        because we dont have many restaurants, the wait for just a table at a good restaurant on friday was 45 minutes.
        oilfield workers and others want to eat and go. which sucks, because others want to enjoy the food and converse.

        • I think your situation is similar for a lot of oil, gas and coal areas here. I used to visit a place called Nhulunbuy regularly and it only had a few eating places. They were good but not fine dining. Many of the customers ate dinner in their high visibility work wear.

  2. Interesting. I’ve heard this is a lovely restaurant. The dessert sounded nice.

  3. Even the stuff I would not usually eat looks tasty. Brains is a No Go for me (like ever) lol

    These pictures are absolutely stunning – did you chef give you the meal for free in return for using your pictures to show his delicious fare?

    I really love interesting looking serving dishes and plates too and the plate that the Sautéed Sea scallops with smoked salmon, watercress, salmon roe and beurre blanc | Slow cooked lobster tail with pearl barley, chorizo, garlic chips, confit potato and herb oil | Grilled haloumi with buttermilk curd, tomato compote, charred onion and wild rocket were served on – I would really like to add that to my collection!

    Great post. I’m hungry again and I only just finished dinner!

    • Thanks for the great comment. I have always liked offal. It’s just a thing for me. No, I don’t get free meals for the blog. I’d feel uncomfortable about that. It’s rare that I write a negative review, but when I do I want to know I haven’t been influenced but a free dish or meal.

      • I didn’t actually think you had received a free meal, I think I may have read some where else some references to your reviews being unsolicited lol. I was more so trying to convey how professionally presented your foodie pictures really are. If you get sick of Government, you could always earn a living making people so hungry with your snaps that restuarants are booked for a year in advance!!

        • Oh wow, that is very kind. I have been trying to improve my photography. The next step is to become a little more creative with the food I cook. At the moment I’m limited by a low carbohydrate way of living to keep my weight down. As a teenager I used to mostly cook cakes and desserts. I haven’t done that for more than twenty years. If I ever own a house again the kitchen will be where I focus and an oven and stove top will be what I indulge myself on. Rental ovens are not as good as what I grew up with when I lived with my parents.

          • I think you have presented eating good food (low in carbohydrates) in a very appealing way. For those who have to eat the same way, it demonstrates how delicious and excitingly tasty it can be! Perhaps you can cook cakes to take to parties or work… That way you avoid getting lured into munching too much of them… Lol

            My mother was the best cook I have ever known, unlike myself who is a grand creator of X-Files , however I also love to have an awesome kitchen, with the best I can afford. I’ve heard rents are expensive in Canberra, paying so much money in rent makes it a challenge to save for ones own home! #OneDay

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