Ad Lib – Sydney

by Suha on September 12, 2010

When Dietmar Sawyere decided to close Level 41, he did what many of the global high flyer chefs are doing world over – open a low key Parisian style bistro in the suburbs. Ad Lib is in Pymble and has just won a hat in the latest food awards. The restaurant is much larger than we thought however it is still full most nights and hard to get into. Not sure whether it is because there is not much else in the upper north shore or whether the value and quality this restaurant offers is amazing. The brown paper menu sitting on your dish has traditional French dishes such as duck liver parfait, charcuterie, pigs trotter etc but you cant go by the famous onion soup gratinee as an entree. This was a seriously great French onion soup. Right consistency, deep colour and right sweetness with a melting gooey gruyere crouton on the top. Very nice. We opted for the duck and the confit leg wrapped with pastry was to die for. As a side, we had the roesti potatoes which were a total hit. Yum Any serious chocoholic cant go past the famous chocolate mousse. It arrived to the table in a large bowl and is then professionally scooped to your dish on the table. It was light and creamy and very chocolately. Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!


Onion soup Gratinee


Roast Duck Breast, confit leg, calvados and apples


Sweet green pea risotto, pea shoot salad, crisp pancetta


Dark chocolate mousse


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