So the boy and I celebrated 15 years of putting up with each other. Huzzah! To mark the occasion we headed to Moxhe in Bronte for their $69pp degustation menu and with matching wines $45pp. The restaurant is run by David Coumont (formerly fish face and Cafe Paci) and Helen Diab (formerly Pier and Berowra Waters Inn) and I’d been stalking Moxhe on IG for quite some time now, staring at all the fresh seafood they would post. Their specials menu rotates daily depending on what they source from the Fish Markets that morning.
We start with an amuse of pickled mussels which are impressively plump and juicy with barely the need to chew.
Followed by beer blinis cooked to order with a generous amount of delicately sweet spanner crab and a tiny asparagus spear.
The Salted Fish Tart is a revelation, I’d originally envisioned some heavy, stodgy tart and for it to be overwhelmingly salty but it was the exact opposite! I’ve never had a tart so ridiculously light, flaky and buttery before and the fish filling was perfectly balanced with the briny pops of salmon roe.
Grilled Octopus & Pippies is a play on the beach- the oyster emulsion is the foam from the sea, the wonderfully smoky octopus is the driftwood used in bonfires and digging around the sand of the fried breadcrumbs to get to the tender pippies.
We absolutely adored the Poached Rankin Cod, I think I’ve only ever eaten cod when it’s been marinated in miso so I just loved how fresh this dish tasted with the parsley oil! I felt so healthy with dem fat broadbeans, asparagus and rapa leaves 😛
Plump, hand-harvested scallops are lightly seared with a rich scallop roe sauce and an egg brouillade. This was an optional course ($20) and Helen actually suggested it would be perfect for us to share instead of ordering one each which I really appreciated. This dish was bang on perfect, I thought the sauce might overpower the delicate scallops but it was just the right amount of richness.
And last of the savoury courses is the Crispy skin Spanish mackerel, cooked to a beautiful medium rare. Mackerel is my 2nd fave oily fish in all the lands so I was pleased that this was on the dego menu! That hunk o fish was enough to fill my omega-3 intake for the week and it was just deeeelicious. I liked the jumble of heirloom carrots and radishes but wasn’t too keen on the couscous but that’s just me hatin on couscous as per usual.
Next was a palate cleanser of fennel and squid ink ice cream. The colour is definitely shocking and vibrant and Noods took great delight in grinning with black teeth at me.
Dessert was so beautifully presented and such a perfect summery dessert! A scoop of cardamon ice cream was drizzled with an orange sauce and shards of dehydrated meringue hold down the fort against dollops of ridiculously smooth white chocolate mousse.
There was an optional cheese course ($10) but cheese is never an option- it’s a must order. I scored a selection of incredible cheeses: Comte, Fourme d’Ambert blue, Caprifeuille St. Maure goat cheese and a Camembert Fermier as well as rhubarb compote, mixed nuts, butter and a pretty generous plate of warm house made sourdough bread.
I had such an incredible meal at Moxhe and seriously guys, it’s such great value! Impeccable food and such lovely warm and down to earth service, I can’t wait to return!
65B Macpherson St,
Lunch. Fri & Sat: 12pm – 2:30pm
Dinner. Tues – Sat: 5:30pm – 10pm