Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Village, Potts Point

A modern Christmas in Australia provides a unique experience, beautiful summer weather and fresh seafood draw us away from heavy traditional lunches. I was invited to The Village in Potts Point to enjoy their Christmas Lunch special ($39 per person), a six-course feast available on weekends for groups of four or more. The Italian-influenced menu perfectly exemplified what social dining should be about, with shared platters featuring fresh produce, simple dishes and punchy flavours.

We made the most of their sunny courtyard and soaked up the summery vibes with the refreshing jugs of Pimms and lemonade, made with fresh cucumber, lemon, strawberries and mint. There was nothing spectacularly elaborate about their formula to a leisurely lunch - just decent food, beautiful sunshine and the best company really hitting the nail on the head.

Antipasti, The Village
Antipasto Plate

Once the drinks were poured, we got stuck into an antipasto plate featuring cured meats, artichokes, chargrilled red peppers and zucchini, sweet semi-dried tomatoes, marinated olives, garlic hummus, beetroot dip and toasted sourdough.

Caprese Salad, The Village
Caprese Salad

The caprese salad followed, a simple assembly of fresh, juicy tomato, fluffy mozzarella, torn basil, olive oil and a sweet balsamic reduction.

Arancini, The Village
Sicilian Arancini

The Sicilian arancini came next, crisp balls with melty innards of smoked mozzarella and rice, served with neapolitan sauce and parmesan. 

Pumpkin Salad, The Village
Roasted Pumpkin

The roasted pumpkin was actually sublime, tossed with pine nuts, baby spinach and salty marinated feta. So simple, flavoursome and addictively nutty.

Salt & Pepper Squid, The Village
Salt & Pepper Squid

The salt and pepper squid was achingly moreish. Covered in a crisp, golden batter with a combination of sea salt and chilli, it's served with a creamy aioli and rocket salad. By this stage I was more than full but just couldn't stop eating, it was hands down my favourite dish here.

Christmas Pudding, The Village
Christmas Pudding

We revisit some more traditional aspects of festival dining at dessert, with a Christmas pudding served with vanilla bean creme anglaise, butterscotch sauce and dark grapes. By this stage I was already slipping into a food coma but had a bite of the pudding anyway. There was more food than we could handle so definitely bring down a big group to tackle this lunch!

The Village 
1 Kellett Way, Potts Point 2011
(02) 8084 6057

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Figs & Brie dined as a guest of MEWS