Posts tagged ‘Kravings’

March 7, 2011

Kravings restaurant – a panna cotta lover’s delight!

Kravings is a cosy, jewel-toned gem of a restaurant set in amongst the lush, paddock strewn hills of Kurmond. Admittedly, there’s not a lot else to do in Kurmond, so you can take your time relaxing and eating without having to feel guilty about not being out there sightseeing or something. Kurmond lies roughly halfway between Kurrajong and Richmond, (hence the name), and is a haven for horsey types and people who like good food and great service with an almost cocoon-like ambience.

Once there the parking is a little countrified, in that you nestle up to the front wall of the property, and it can get a little crowded if there’s a lot of customers, but at least it is a very short walk down the path to the door – especially good if you’ve just spent an hour straightening/curling/messing with your hair!

The restaurant is licensed and not only has a cute little bar at the entrance but an inviting looking sitting area complete with local papers –  just in case you need a news fix whilst waiting for your friends to arrive.

The menu is kinda modern Australian seasoned with some Thai, Italian and French influences, and apart from an extensive list of dishes there are also weekly specials that take into account the changing seasons. They are open for lunch and dinner on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and dinner only on Saturday. Their web site is at: www.kravings.com.au if you would like to check out their full menu.

Personally I find the menu at Kravings a just-right combination of classic flavours with enough of an edge not to be commonplace – and I can understand all the terms on the menu! The staff are well-trained, efficient and helpful and there’s enough of them to ensure the service is still excellent even when the restaurant is full, I appreciate little touches like warming MD’s cognac glass before presenting it to him.

For entree I chose the fried wonton filled with a garlic, fresh herb and cream cheese mousse on a tomato and saffron sauce…mmm, what more could one ask for in an entree…the outside was crispy, not oily at all, and the filling was nice and light whilst still giving that creamy cheesy taste.

MD went for the tempura soft shell crab served with tomato, cucumber salsa and lime ginger mayonnaise. This too was delicious, artfully arranged on the plate, my only disappointment was that there could’ve been more!

For mains I chose the grilled Atlantic salmon fillet on a bed of braised leek and fennel topped with parsley and lemon. Not having had fennel before I was concerned that it tasted of aniseed, (not a favourite), but Shane, (the owner), explained that braised in this fashion it tastes buttery and not at all like aniseed. He was right, and it was delicious, I asked for my salmon to be cooked all the way through and it was done perfectly, still juicy, which I understand is difficult to do.

MD, of course, went for meat, and got a gigantic pork chop served on crushed new potatoes with house made apple sauce and crisp crackling. The pork was so tender it nearly fell off the bone and the crackling was salty, and crisp without being teeth breakingly so! Our main courses were served with a dish of steamed veggies to share, consisting of carrot, broccoli,zucchini and bok choy.

  

 The prices range from $13.50 to $16.50 for the entrees, $20 to $33 for the mains, and $11 for desserts. There are also three pasta dishes that can be ordered as either size if you need to save room for dessert! I’m always game so I ordered the milk chocolate panna cotta with honeycomb ice cream and peanut brittle shard, there was just enough for the sweetness not to be overwhelming, (I was nice and gave MD a little bit to try), and the silky texture of the panna cotta was just lovely.

Like all good restaurants it can get very busy on a Saturday night so if you’re considering dinner I’d make sure to book at least a day in advance. Bon appetite!!

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