Poached nectarine with meringue, macadamia nuts caramel sauce and whipped cream

Watts on Crown – Surry Hills :o)

Watts on Crown reminds me of a good old French bistro on many points.

Watts On Crown
Watts On Crown

The food they serve is homely and warming. The type of comfort food you long for come winter… I loved their sunday roast beef and the mud crab entree. We came here with a Groupon Voucher and would return without one since the quality of the food was outstanding and worth the full price. We had a menu to choose from:

Watts on Crown - Menu to choose from
Watts on Crown – Menu to choose from

And as usual, what was a 3-course menu was magically turned into a 6-course one, as Monsieur and I share every plate!

Watts on Crown - Mud cran tian with avocado, tomato, radish and finger lime mayonnaise
Watts on Crown – Mud cran tian with avocado, tomato, radish and finger lime mayonnaise

This means that I’m “sacrificing” half of my beloved crab and avo entrée… to get a bit of quail. The crab avo was delicious, the meatiness of the crab paired with the avocado’s softness is always a classic though great combination. Lime mayonnaise brings in, another dimension. Lovely!

Watts on Crown - Grilled quail with eggplant ragout and crisp basil
Watts on Crown – Grilled quail with eggplant ragout and crisp basil

The grilled quail is great, I’ve always been a huge quail fan… as this game is typically associated with Christmassy flavours… Perfect for Christmas in July! :) That said, I preferred the crab and avo combination, possibly because these flavours are more delicate?

Watts on Crown - Herb crusted morwong fillet with a black russian tomato and puy lentil salad and a shallot, sherry dressing
Watts on Crown – Herb crusted morwong fillet with a black russian tomato and puy lentil salad and a shallot, sherry dressing

Choosing among 7 different types of main wasn’t easy! Both of us felt like having the Sunday roast, so we had to settle for a fish dish… We went for a morwong fillet, a white fish. The fish fillet was great, and I loved the crust on top, but found the flavours to be lighter than what I had expected.

Watts on Crown - Sunday roast beef with roast pumpkin duck fat desiree potatoes
Watts on Crown – Sunday roast beef with roast pumpkin duck fat desiree potatoes

The Sunday roast was by far, the winning dish. The roast beef was perfectly cooked, with a garlicky touch that was just spot on. The serve was quite generous, and finishing the whole plate was a bit of a struggle.

Watts on Crown - Poached nectarine with meringue, macadamia nuts caramel sauce and whipped cream
Watts on Crown – Poached nectarine with meringue, macadamia nuts caramel sauce and whipped cream

Poached nectarine was a great dessert, and my favourite (Monsieur preferred his) The nectarine was poached in spices, giving it a delicate chai like flavour. Outstanding!

Watts on Crown - passionfruit and mango bavarois with marshmallow and coconut tuile
Watts on Crown – passionfruit and mango bavarois with marshmallow and coconut tuile

Monsieur’s favourite dessert was the bavarois. I found it to be way too sweet for my liking, so we happily took small halves of each others desserts :)
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