Luxe is smart dining with a relaxed atmosphere.
Miss P and I arrived early for a book club dinner meeting. Our waiter was attentive and friendly and we enjoyed a glass of pinot while waiting for our book club friends to arrive. The restaurant is light and airy with some funky colour change lighting behind the bar area.
Dinner consists of 14 sharing plates or your choice of six main meals. We were keen to try a few things so opted for the sharing plates.
- Thai chicken spring rolls with palm sugar mayonnaise
- Duck and venison sausage with pinenuts, red currents and sticky cumquat jus
- Seared scallops, truffled cauliflower puree, walnut praline and crisp garlic wafers
- Bruschetta with sautéed exotic mushrooms on warm brioche with soft poached egg, and truffle oil
Pick of the night were the spring rolls. Not what I expected to see but very filling and so tasty (pictured). The palm sugar mayonnaise was yummy. As Miss P said, we could have eaten a bucket load.
The scallops were sweet and plump with just a sprinkling of the walnut praline but I didn’t taste the crisp garlic wafers (pictured). The duck and venison sausage was deconstructed, very rich and tasty and a perfect marriage with the sticky cumquat jus (pictured with the bruschetta).
Our friend chose braised duck Bourguignon style with pappardelle pasta. The pasta was lovely and silky and the duck melt in you mouth. The other dish that caught my eye was the fish of the day with sand crab brandade, forest mushroom raviolis, mushroom consommé and crispy enokis (pictured).
A quick google tells me that a brandade is a Provençal dish consisting of salt cod mixed into a purée with olive oil and milk.
Desserts were inventive, but with a full tummy we decided on the Affogato which hit the spot nicely. Other interesting options included a toffee apple springroll with cherry ice cream and macadamia nut custard, rhubard cheesecake mousse with almond biscuit and wattleseed praline and the “Bleeding heart” chocolate pudding with bitter chocolate mayonnaise and double cream ice cream.
Coffee is by Di Bella and the wine and cocktail list is extensive. Luxe also do an interesting brunch menu from 10 am to 3 pm. Right next to Palace Cinemas Luxe is a perfect place for quality food before or after a movie or casual dining with friends.
Shop 1 39 James Street