This was my first time visiting Foveaux St. Dining but I knew that it had undergone a major overhaul from name, to menu, to interior design and there was something about the place that just screamed a reincarnation as soon as you walked in. The walls were dark red, the music edgy and the floor space was decked out with dark wooden furniture surrounded by walls of wine in cast iron racks that made you feel like you were sitting inside a giant cage.
When dining with J & L, it’s bound to be a food filled affair and tonight was no different as we ordered everything that our eyes liked, and miraculously, our stomachs managed to keep up. To start, we ordered some cured sashimi, olives with chilli and garlic ($4) and some mixed nuts with rosemary and paprika ($4) to accompany them. The nuts especially, were great to munch on whilst considering the menu.
I tried a snippet of the lamb ($34) which was soft and tender, but alas, I’m still not a lamb convert. This said, I was told that the lamb was very good with the accompanying lettuce, seaweed and peas, and they didn’t have any issues cleaning out the plate!
Cobia ($34) was a new fish for me, I hadn’t tried it before. It wasn’t particularly fishy but was quite fleshy which I enjoyed. There were lots of mushrooms on the plate, which made it quite a healthy dish, if not for the onion rings that added a bit of crunch.
The tamarind short rib with tri tip was a bit on the tougher side, though cooked perfectly medium. The nashi pear slices topping the dish made it quite interesting, but I would have preferred more tamarind flavouring and perhaps a sauce. The lack of a sauce made the steak a tad on the dry side.
Oddly enough, one of my stand out dishes for the night was the miso sweet potato ($7), which is now no longer on the menu. It was roasted to perfection then glazed with a miso sauce that caramelised on the potato.
There’s always room for dessert so we went all out and ordered one each to share. The first was the coconut parfait ($15) with burnt pineapple and lychee rice paper. The parfait was lovely and airy, a great combination between the flavours. I particularly enjoyed the lychee rice paper which was fun to melt on the tongue!
My pick was the smoked caramel custard ($15) with dehydrated chocolate and passionfruit curd. It was bitter due to the dark chocolate and sour because of the passionfruit, so not an ideal sweet treat for a sweet tooth like myself. We gave it a fair go but it remained unfinished.
The angel cake appealed to all of us as we felt like a bit of soft cake with some sorbet, jelly and fresh fruit would be refreshing but this was quite confusing. The peppermint jelly was very strong so it felt a lot like we were eating toothpaste, whilst the angel cake that we had envisioned as soft and fluffy was dry and hard around the edges. The redeeming factor would have been the sorbet, except that it was ginger flavoured, so this was another dessert that we didn’t finish.
Though I enjoyed most of my meal, I find myself still trying to decide if I liked Foveaux St. Dining. I think that it’s an interesting menu and well priced, but not necessarily for me, or my friends.