Review: Bitton Gourmet (Alexandria)

It was Friday night, Alvaro and I were both busy and tired and not particularly craving one of our easy-to-put-together dinner staples. Alvaro wanted “lots of meat”; I had been craving a nice steak for a while. And oysters.

Most people think of Bitton Gourmet as a breakfast/brunch spot but they do dinner, too. And they have steak and oysters. Granted, it’s not the kind of restaurant we feel particularly comfortable in (a bit too fancy) but we make this sort of exception once in a while.

Bitton Gourmet

Next to our table and in the middle of the dining room there were wooden shelves full of house products for sale: chutneys, flavoured oils, spice blends. The dominant colour is red and service is extremely attentive. Food does take a while to come out of the kitchen, so don’t go if you’re in a rush.

Bitton Gourmet: Bitton products

Before our entrée we received complimentary hors d’oeuvre: broad beans, parmesan and chilli-infused olive oil served in Chinese spoons. I realised that even when they’re my favourite legume I hadn’t had any since going paleo (~3 years). They were unbelievable flavourful, perhaps my favourite bit of that particular dinner.

Bitton Gourmet: Broad beans, parmesan and chilli-infused olive oil

Complimentary hors d’oeuvre

Then we received our entrée: ½ dozen freshly shucked oysters with red wine vinegar and shallots. The oysters were nice; I preferred them with lemon than with the vinegar.

Bitton Gourmet: Freshly shucked oysters with red wine vinegar and shallots

½ dozen freshly shucked oysters with red wine vinegar and shallots ($18)

Mains came out at the same time. I started with the lamb shank special that came with some sort of caramelised garlic sauce, potatoes and mushrooms. This was the other highlight of the night for me. The meat was super tender and perfectly seasoned. Yes, the sauce was sweeter than what we normally eat but the caramelised garlic gave it a very intense flavour that was by no means overpowering. The potatoes were soft inside and crunchy outside.

Bitton Gourmet: Lamb shank

Lamb shank special

The other main was the beef eye fillet with peppercorn sauce, pommes frîtes and salad, a more standard dish that was nonetheless very good. Perhaps the “salad” could have been less simple but I’ve heard this is normal in France.

Bitton Gourmet: Beef eye fillet with peppercorn sauce, pommes frîtes and salad

Beef eye fillet with peppercorn sauce, pommes frîtes and salad ($28)

Just as we were about to pay we were served complimentary crème brûlées without even asking if we wanted to look at the dessert menu. A perfect ending for a great night out.

Bitton Gourmet: Complimentary crème brûlée

Complimentary crème brûlée

Bitton Gourmet
36-37A Copeland St
Alexandria NSW 2015
(02) 9519 5111
www.bittongourmet.com.au

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