Alfred & Constance New Winter 2014 menu

Disclaimer: We dined as invited guests at the Alfred and Constance to sample their Winter 2014 menu.

Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

Alfred and Constance launched their winter menu blending heartier winter dishes with the best of local and seasonal produce, straight from the wood-fired oven, so here’s a sneaky peek at what we tried. If you’re already familiar with the Alfred and Constance menu, don’t worry – the pork is still there and so it should be!

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Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

The Starters

Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

Blue swimmer crab cakes (2) with lime and hot pink mayo. AUD$15.90

Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

The Blue swimmer crab cakes and the Southern Fried Chicken Drumsticks are both starters, and apparently the crab cakes have been quite the popular choice. These flat discs were almost equal parts crab flesh and potato, so although they looked a little flat and fell apart easily, these were no hash browns. With plenty of delicate crustacean flesh and the tang of fresh lemon juice in every bite, this little dish had us salivating for more.

Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

Southern Fried Chicken Drumsticks with bourbon caramel sauce & fresh lime. AUD$15.90

The Southern Fried Chicken Drumsticks were not wall flowers though. These plump drumsticks had the KFC-style crispy coating, which flaked into the very rich bourbon caramel sauce and in turn it clung to the drumstick, coating it thickly. We couldn’t really detect any bourbon in the sauce, which has its pros and cons depending on your preference. Combining a squeeze of lime helped cut through the sweetness, but the reason why we preferred the crab cakes over the chicken drumsticks was the chicken came slightly undercooked. We were fine with the pinkness, but the in-laws would’ve definitely sent it back to the kitchen.

The Main Attraction

Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

Pearl barley salad with mushrooms, carrot, fresh herbs, feta, honey & sherry vinaigrette. AUD$10 small, AUD$16 large

I have always been delighted with Alfred and Constance’s salads, and the pearl barley salad was no exception. The salad was served at room temperature and liberally dressed in the sherry vinaigrette, which was slightly tart and well-balanced with the potent crumbled feta and the honey.

The pearl barley added a lot of body to the dish and while I’m not usually a fan of parsley, I found myself gravitating towards it throughout the meal and didn’t bother to pick any of it out. We couldn’t quite finish this and it served me very well for lunch the next day.

Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

Gnocchi with roast pumpkin, walnuts & Woombye feta. AUD$27.90

Alfred and Constance 2014 Winter Menu

Beer glazed beef short rib with asian slaw. AUD$29.90

The SO and I tackled the beer glazed beef short rib first, which was quite a generous slab of beef in a rich sauce. It wasn’t the easiest to cut through without a proper steak knife, but we managed and it wasn’t chewy at all, probably thanks to decent sous vide preparation. The Asian slaw was a tossed handful of shredded cabbage and carrot in a dressing that hinted at sesame oil, soy sauce and barest hint of wasabi at the end.

By the time, we were done with the beef, we didn’t have much room for the gnocchi, which was a shame because it deserved much more than a few courtesy bites. Of all the dishes, it certainly took the pageant crown for being the prettiest on the plate and had a great variety of textures from the pillowy soft gnocchi and the crunchy walnuts. Again, I got to take the leftovers home for a packed lunch the next day and it still tasted amazing.

Disclaimer: We dined as invited guests at the Alfred and Constance to sample their Winter 2014 menu.