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Most foodies have a pair of "eating pants" or an "eating dress". These
pieces of clothing are tremendously forgiving around the waistline and
are perfect for excessively indulgent periods of eating. Admittedly, a decent ratio of my wardrobe consists of these eating pants and eating dresses. I'm
rarely found in a bandage dress and I don't own a single piece of
shapewear underwear or Spanx! I value comfort too much and I like to be ready to eat 24/7. You never know when a feast is to be had!
However, Berlei recently introduced a new Dig
Free product to their hosiery range which is designed without a front
seam and with a smoothing waistband. The Dig-Free range is less
heavy-duty than Spanx and offers that extra level of support without
constraining the body. I've always hated the idea of fat being squished
and pushed to odd places so this seems to be a good middle ground!
In the spirit of being my "indulgence" sponsor, they invited me to go on a date night wearing a pair of Dig Free leggings!
There's also a chance for you to win your very own indulgent date night - just
scroll down for the competition details!
So as the weather has gotten cooler and it has become too silly to venture out on a
chilly night with bare legs, I rather enjoyed the warmth and disguised tummy-tucking support of my Dig Free leggings! I even had a Sex and The City moment where I thought I was tricking my body into thinking it was thinner, ha!
I chose 4Fourteen as the destination for my indulgent date night because I
have been wanting to try everything on their menu since they first
Freshly shucked Clair De Lune oysters ($4 each); chicken wing with parfait, tortilla and apple chutney ($7.50); pigs ear toast with smoked potato ($14); mussels with salted fish and batlow apple cider sauce ($29)
Stepping in, we're immediately warped into the rhythm
of the open kitchen and my Dig Free leggings and I ooze right into the
The menu is designed to share and is conveniently categorized into groups of 'to nibble', 'rolls', 'small plates', 'large plates' and 'salads and starches'.
Mixed grain salad ($12)
To start, we share some gorgeous Clair De Lune oysters which are served with their lids loosely placed on top. I love the notion of eating oysters this fresh so effortlessly - it's as though we're in the wild and the shucking process wasn't even necessary.
A must-have starter is the chicken wing with parfait, tortilla and apple chutney. The chicken wing is deboned for pleasurable eating; the skin is crisp and the parfait is pure comfort. It was probably designed to be one big mouthful of amazingness but I struggle and awkwardly split it into two very messy bites.
Colin Fassnidge is known for his nose to tail philosophy so we find ourselves intrigued by dishes such as the pigs ear toast. While the ear is coated with a crumbed batter, the texture of the ear is more noticeable than the deep-fried kind. It is soft like pulled pork with the inner layer of cartilage, still offering a light chewy crunch. There's a dollop of smoky potato sauce on the side which binds the flavours beautifully and leaves you wanting more and more.
We also have the mussels with salted fish and batlow apple cider sauce. These mussels are the biggest I've ever seen. In one hand, I'm holding a ginormously plump, juicy and sweet mussel and in the other hand, a wedge of chargrilled sourdough, soaked in the wonderful juices. What an experience!
It is worth noting that the flow of dishes are smoothly timed between
the share plates. There are pauses between 'courses' offering just the
right amount of time to digest and crave more.
Duck egg with Alaskan crab, asparagus and peas ($22); roast pork with smoked kipflers and rhubarb ($35); fennel pollen meringue with berry granita ($14); spiced vanilla brulee cream with pear & apple popsicle ($14)
On the home stretch, we're served the mixed grain salad which is a wholesome mix of things such as quinoa, pine nuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds and puffed rice; a breakfast style dish of a sunny-side up duck egg with crab, asparagus, peas, watercress, and cos lettuce which is delicate and fresh in all the right ways; and the roast pork with smoked kipfler potatoes and rhubarb which pushes me right to the edge! The succulent roast pork paired with the tangyness of the rhubarb and the complex flavours of kale is divine. If only I weren't so full already. We could have done without one dish but looking back, it's hard to say which I would knock out!
For dessert, my fennel pollen meringue is fragrant and sharp - the berry granita accentuates the floral notes of the meringue. The daily popsicle is also hard to turn down. Today's is pear and apple, served with a spiced vanilla brulee cream with a nutty crumble.
We definitely chose the right restaurant for an indulgent date night!
414 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, NSW
Phone: (02) 9331 5399
Win the ultimate date night
Thanks for Berlei's new Dig Free hosiery range, you have the opportunity of winning your very own ultimate date night! This could be a restaurant dinner for two, plus limo transfers, one night's stay in a hotel and a Berlei Dig Free product! Valued up to $1000!
To enter the competition, leave a comment on this post, answering the competition question:
What is the secret to your "eating" outfit?
Note: Competition closes Friday 24 May 2013 at 5pm AEST. This competition is running across multiple blogs and one lucky winner will be selected on Wednesday 29 May, 2013 before 6pm (AEST).
Please refer to the full terms and conditions.
This post is sponsored by Berlei. Opinions are my own.