Monday I headed out to Parramatta where I was working. Monday night was an excellent hot soup at Pho Pasteur, Vietnamese obviously, great flavour, good price and you feel perfectly comfortable there on your own.
Tuesday I headed to a Saute Thai after much looking around and indecision. It was not a good choice. They sat me next to the toilets and were not keen to move me! The entree of duck on baby cos lettuce, a bit like San Chow Bow was OK and a really nice idea that I will copy for summer party food, but it lacked a bit of punch. My main was a Salmon salad, I expected a small amount of salmon flaked over the salad of green papaw . What I got was a very small amount of salad and a large amount of barely edible overcooked salmon that I suspect had been chucked into the deep fryer. What a waste. The service was terrible all night as well.
On my way there i had walked past this place, http://www.courtneysbrasserie.com.au, it promised seasonal food and looked really nice. I decided to give it a try on Wednesday night. Sort of a solo celebration after my last day of training.
They welcomed me in, gave me a nice table in the courtyard, great service, friendly but not overly so. The food was delicious, a house made duck sausage and lovely Pork Belly with seasonal veg and delicious cubes of caramelised apple.
A great dining out experience at a restaurant with a great philosophy, unfortunately I live more than 200 klms away so wont be able to sell them one of pigs in the future.