Again, it seems like it is another post about the boy’s birthday. Did we really celebrate that much? Oops! Well the reason why we went to La Tratt, Fairfield was because I wanted to take the boy out to eat on his actual birthday. I couldn’t just let him go home and do the norm.
You’d never think that such a fancy schmancy place resided within an RSL. I’ve personally never been to Fairfield RSL until this evening and it’s a lot more grand than any RSL I’ve been to. The entrance to the club is filled with lots of trees and plants, in and amongst this are beautiful garden lights. Not only does it show you the entrance to the club but it creates that calm and serene atmosphere. Though, in my opinion a bit odd as the entrance is also the opening doors to the pokie machines.
We had an option to eat just as a la carte or go for the summer special which was a 3 course meal with a complimentary glass of wine for $49 as it was a Wednesday (this special is only offered on Wednesdays & Thursdays until advised further). The boy chose the summer special, only because the a la carte menu was too overwhelming and could not decide what to eat. There are 3 options for each course in which you get to select – this was fantastic as it meant that the boy and I could order different things.
Breads, olives and oils.
Not long after we are seated we are served with two varieties of breads, some olives and oil with balsamic vinegar. We polish this off as we are starvingggggg.
Seared Yamba prawns with marinated pork belly, cous cous, raisins & sheep’s milk yoghurt
[The Boy] Prawns are lovely, plump and juicy! It worked really well with the marinated pork belly which gave a bit of saltiness. For an entree, the size of this dish was very generous. Despite the portion, believe it or not it was a very light entree and it was the perfect way to line the stomach up ready for the main.
Spinaci e ricotta Lasagne Funghi
Spinach, ricotta & wild mushroom lasagna with sage nut brown butter & chestnuts
[The Girl] This had amazing flavour, probably because of the sage butter sauce. How can you go wrong with a butter sauce? It was a little over grilled for my liking, with the cheese being chewy and tough as opposed to being oozey like it should be on a lasagne, but it was still a delight to eat. It was much much of a heavier entree than the prawns but yet I had no issues polishing off the plate.
Primavera Agnello Alla Griglia
New Zealand lamb cutlet with braised lamb shoulder, caponata, smoked aubergine puree & green olive tapenade
[The Boy] We didn’t know where to look when we were presented with this dish. There was plenty on it! The lamb was really tender and cooked medium rare, which is how we love our lamb. Everything worked really well together, except we thought the green olive tapenade was a little too overpowering. That gravy was simply amazing. It was full of flavour and we wish we were served more of it. In the end all that was left on the plate was the olive tapenade as it just wasn’t our cup of tea. It was a good dish overall and it definitely filled the boy up.
Pesce Con Finocchio Brasato
Cone Bay barramundi with heirloom tomatoes, green olives, capers, braised fennel puree & goats curd
[The Girl] I’ve never been a fan of fish skin …. until my experience at La Tratt. Never have I had fish skin so crispy and well seasoned. Usually, you get the pan seared skin but yet the fat underneath the skin makes the outside a little bit soggy. Not in this case. It was superb! I almost licked the plate clean and I think I only offered the tiniest piece of skin to the boy because I wanted it all for myself. I really enjoyed eating capers with my fish. I’m not sure if that’s just me but I just love that flavour combo.
Fritti Budino di Riso
Rice pudding fried with almond praline semifreddo, coconut, hazelnuts & butterscotch sauce
[The Boy] I think he got a little bit excited when he saw “fried” in a dessert. We were definitely not expecting something like this but it made it that much more intriguing to eat. The fried rice pudding is a very similar concept to an arancini ball (fried risotto ball) where the outside is golden and crunchy, with the inside being gooey and oozey. They did a great job at not over cooking the rice pudding. It really did go well with the semifreddo and butterscotch sauce. Though I personally could have only had 2 or 3 bites as I found it quite rich. It was still delicious nonetheless. The boy ate it all so I’m sure that’s saying something.
Italian donuts with vanilla bean ice cream, hazelnuts, cinnamon sugar and dulce de leche
[The Girl] I had a tough decision tossing up between the italian donuts or the pannacotta but succumbed to italian donuts. They were balls of deliciousness - fluffy innards with a cinnamon sugar coated outter. Of course I dunked the donuts in the dulce de leche and ate it with a spoonful of ice cream and ohhh it was heaven. 6 donuts were more than enough for one (great to share between 2), I got pushed over the edge by the last one though..
A complimentary scoop of ice cream from La Tratt to wish the boy a happy birthday :)
We were both very happy with what La Tratt had to offer, and we would glady return to try other things on the a la carte menu.
Happy Birthday (for the nth time) Biggie!
14 Anzac Avenue
Fairfield NSW 2165
Tel: +612 9727 5000