I picked this recommendation up from Time Out and it sounded interesting with the chef/owners having a good pedigree: Chris Woodyard, from Three Clicks West in Sydney and Andrew Braham from Tom Aiken's in London.
It's a good looking room with some eclectic art on the walls which theme with the menus, coasters etc. and it feels good when you arrive, and I like the big open kitchen as it adds a lot of life to the room. Service is a little confused to start with - we were a walk-in and it took time to work out if we could have a table, but once the settled in they were very good with the staff focussed on looking after you (not always the case in HK).
It an interesting menu, but they do sell out of a few things, so we missed out on one of our choices (it was 9:30 on Friday). To start we shared a plate of "Baby vegetables with anis scented fennel and Manchego cheese" ($95), A "House made pate with shallot pear chutney and cumin crisp-bread" ($100), and "Goats cheese truffle mousse, toasted maraca almonds and feve emulsion" ($105). All were excellent, very fresh and vibrant flavours and all dishes offering a bit of a twist. I particularly like the pate which was a stunner in terms of flavour, texture and presentation; the cumin crisp-bread working especially well.
For mains, "Joseph the Duck, Roasted duck breast and confit leg, warm poached plum, coffee crumbs and nasturtium flowers" ($280); "John Dory with pork rinds, cockles and olive potato puree" ($280), plus a side dish of carrots and sorrel leaves ($40). Again very good cooking with interesting flavours and combinations, my one quibble with the duck was that the bread was over cooked and the plum sauce a little sweet, luckily the vinaigrette in the carrot salad served to temper the sweetness.
We finished with a plate of Brebis with wonderful spiced bread ($85) which was so packed with nuts and fruit here was little room for the bread part.
It was an excellent meal and we will definitely head back to try more. Total bill including wine came to $1,694 which is quite good value for the quality on the plate and the good service.