A food blogger dinner at Azafran

It has been awhile since we last did a casual blogger’s dinner, but what with the end of the year looming, everyone’s calendars were filling up quick. We had a date locked in and discussed dining options, but it can be hard to find a place that (a) none of us had been to, (b) if one of us had been, didn’t mind going again, and/or (c) had a decent rating/reviews.

Our first option bombed out and was fully booked the date we wanted to visit, so I made reservations online via Dimmi for our 2nd choice – Azafran. This was a blessing in disguise, as it turned out to be a fantastic experience.

First of all, Azafran is one of those restaurants stuck smack in the middle of a suburb. We didn’t see much else besides houses as we drove down Ekibin Road. The restaurant itself would’ve originally been a family home and I suspect their neighbours are still real residents. This touch of home aspect reminded the SO and I of Harvest in Bangalow (NSW) and fermentAsian in Tanunda (SA), both amazing dining establishments.

The SO, Jess of Brisbane Belly Blogger and I were the first to arrive (15 mins early, but who’s counting?) and I was surprised we were ushered to the back of the restaurant to one of two private dining rooms. These dining rooms might’ve been small bedrooms in a former life and seat 6 each very comfortably, creating an intimate setting and one that immediately reminds me of a home.

It wasn’t long before the rest arrived, but it also meant none of us got the opportunity to really study the ala carte menu. We were far too engrossed in introducing each other and chatting away about everything. By the end of it (and under the doleful eye of our poor waiter), we threw our hands in the air and just ordered the 5-course tasting menu for everyone. It put the onus on the kitchen to impress us and we didn’t have to think about it.

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Sourdough bread


 
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Seared scallops, spiced cauliflower, almond tadator, prosciutto crumbs with saffron emulsion


 
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Pan roasted barrmundi with poached asparagus, spiced prawn ravioli with cardamon emulsion


 
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Watermelon palate cleanser


 
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Slow cooked pork belly with spiced pumpkin puree, braised cabbage and jus

As the evening wore on and the conversation got cheekier, each course was delivered with a noticeable wait in between. We later found out the kitchen was down a chef (stress!) and the owner sent his apologies for the slow service. But every course was amazing and to prove it, there was a cone of silence after the plates were put down and photos were taken.

My favourite dish of the evening went to the pork belly and to show my appreciation, I licked a heart on my sauce covered plate, much to the amusement of my dining companions. And for yours, here’s the video Jess made of it. I don’t know if the kitchen staff appreciated my tongue to plate art as I was busting for the bathroom, but the others said our waiter drew an arrow through my heart.

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Confit of duck leg, spring vegetables, gnocchi with a pinot noir jus


 
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White and dark Belgium chocolate ice-cream, peanut butter dacquoise and freeze dried raspberries

Perhaps we were howling and hooting with too much laughter, but service checked in regularly and was amazing. Our waiter had a great sense of humour and didn’t look at all fazed by the ridiculous chatter we had going. He even threw in a couple of quips of his own and I reckon he would’ve fit in very nicely with our crew.

 

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Disclaimer: Anthony used an Entertainment card to get $50 off our bill, but we paid for our meals.