Dinner came out of a disco wall at Depo

Depo is a recently opened collaboration between local designer Alexander Lotersztain and Dutch chef Erik van Genderen in West End. Located in the middle of Horan Street and next to the West End State School, Depo attempts to create a collaborative space that is both comfortable and welcoming. Think wide open spaces with a collection of oddities, including a Cape buffalo bust, a stuffed antelope or an entire wall of glittering gold that screams ‘disco’ (which is – by the way- where the food comes straight from the kitchen – a rather poetic design feature, if you ask me).

If there are elements in the converted warehouse that seem familiar, that’s because Alexander Lotersztain is also the designer responsible for Alfred and Constance‘s interior.

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What I am loving about Depo‘s menu is that is seasonal. The menu morphs and changes according to whatever produce they get, so I would highly recommend keeping one’s mind open and not falling too hard head-over-heels in love with any one particular dish – you can never know when it’ll be back on the menu.

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Lonza, Bresoala, NDuja, Cacciatorini, green olives, cashew nuts and grissini. AUD$24.50

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Gazpacho

We started with a palate cleanser shot of spicy gazpacho – a chilled concoction of tomato and cucumber with a decided amount of zing to perk you up. I was not a fan and left half a shot in my glass, but that is more a personal preference than a reflection on the product itself. I was also still a little chilly from coming in from the chilly outside.

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French onion, crôton with Comté Gruyère. AUD$12.50

I had an unfortunate mishap with my French onion soup – I didn’t give it a good stir and my first spoonful was all pepper, almost bringing tears to my eyes. My dining companions quickly examined my soup, then reminded me stirring the soup to mix in the seasoning might have been a good idea. Somewhat rosy cheeked from embarrassment and the glasses of wine, I found no further issue with my soup.

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Cured salmon, cucumber salad and crispy oysters. AUD$15

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Sea bass with lentils, pancetta and red wine dressing. AUD$35

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Confit of duck leg, duck breast with apple and red cabbage and boudin noir. AUD$35

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Tomato, cauliflower and goat’s curd risotto. AUD$17.50/AUD$25

The tomato, cauliflower and goat’s curd risotto is available as an entree or a main. It is a little stiffer and more solid than how some might be used to risotto, but it thankfully had the perfectly amount of tart goat’s curd. The cauliflower could’ve easily been overcooked and been reduced to mushy granules, but chef Erik did a brilliant job with preserving the vegetable’s firmness.

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Baba au rhum with honey and pineapple. AUD$12.50

The baba au rhum was initially the biggest mystery on the menu. What on earth is a baba? Many of us had issues with getting an internet reception deep inside Depo, but those who did discovered baba is a yeasty cake. The cake was soaked – very literally – in rum and served with a creamy sauce and candied oranges.

My first spoonful came off the top of the cake, so I didn’t get hit with the rum as much as Anthony of Food Me Up Scotty‘s first spoonful did. His reaction of trying to crawl his tongue was hilarious! My second spoonful was of the bottom and while my face did initially implode from the very rummy cake, it was probably only as bad as a very brandied Christmas cake. The candied orange definitely made for a sensitive pairing, for both its textural difference as it did ease the taste vacuum the alcohol created.

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Panna cotta with tutti fruitt and port syrup. AUD$15

The panna cotta was unfortunately a little disappointing. The delicate wobbly vanilla creaminess was far too overpowered by the Christmasy combination of citrus, dried fruit and spices of the tutti fruitt. Perhaps this is a matter of personal preference, as I’ve never been much of a fan of fruit cake or Christmas pudding. So I found it much more satisfying to scoop the panna cotta with a hint of the port syrup into my gob. If you’re a lover and fighter for the cause of the Christmas fruit flavours, go for it. You might find it much more up your alley than mine.

I have read a couple of other reviews on Depo‘s breakfast menu items, which look very tempting, so am keen to give their morning shift a go. Especially when it gets churned out of a golden disco wall.

 

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Disclaimer: I was an invited guest of Depo and Lucid Media.