Gastroenteritis is a medical condition characterised by unsavoury things happening to your stomach. So imagine how I felt when I first heard about visiting King’s Cross for a meal at Gastro Park.
The Modern Australian dishes plated up at Gastro Park can get pricey, but in return you get a very memorable dining experience. Plus, it was totally just featured on Masterchef, in an episode that saw Ben finally stop turning every dish into a taco.
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Price: Snacks – around $15.00, entrees – around $25.00, mains – around $40
Most likely to see: Masterchef fans, following the shocking (edit: not shocking) exit of Wade.
Hot buttered sourdough ($5.00): Delicious, warm bread with an artful smear of butter and a pinch of salt.
Soy & mustard glazed swordfish belly & picked cucumber ($16.00): The swordfish was soft and tender, and the pickled cucumber refreshing.
Seared scallops, seranno ham, zucchini, trompette puree, jus gras ($28.00): Although slightly overshadowed by some of the the other dishes we tried, the scallops were cooked really nicely, and were offset by the different flavours and textures of the vegetables and ham.
Liquid butternut gnocchi, mushroom consomme & sage ($26.00): Those little spheres on top (and in the consomme) are the liquified butternut gnocchi which pop while in your mouth, provided you haven’t already destroyed them with your spoon. Overall it’s a pretty amazing dish.
Diamond clams, grilled crostini, piquillo pepper, chorizo ($16.00): A nice snack menu item, but watch out for dreaded post-meal chorizo breath.
Crispy scaled snapper, smoked potato puree, calamari crackling, ink sauce ($39.00): There’s no denying this dish impresses when it arrives at the table. Together, the elements on this plate just work and it looks great.
Nitro pavlova, pineapple, coconut, papaya ($20.00): This dessert bubbles at the table, and is cooler than being cool – it’s ice cold! Word of warning though, this pavlova is probably nothing like your mum has ever made.
Chocolate honeycomb, mandarin sphere, cookies & cream ($22.00): The sphere is begging to be cracked open, with a soft gooey centre. A satisfying end to the meal.
The final verdict: Gastro Park offers up surprises with each dish on the menu, and definitely worth saving up your allowance money for. Foodies will love the menu, and given the place was literally just shown on Masterchef, expect interest to surge.
Address: 5-9 Roslyn Street, Kings Cross, NSW 2011
Phone: (02) 8068 1017