We first dined at Restaurant Atelier on Friday 13th July 2012 thanks to Miss Piggy’s food blogger dinner. Not only did we meet some great people but we also tasted some gorgeous food which has kept us coming back time and again.
Looking back over the last 6 months it occurred to me we’ve now been to Restaurant Atelier 8 times! That’s a record for us, we rarely dine at restaurants more than once or twice in a year! We’ve learnt how to master pork crackling from the master himself. We’ve dined under the stars in the courtyard. We’ve experienced the full degustation menu. And we’ve experienced many ‘on-a-spit’ meals – lamb, goat, and of course piggy.
Darren and Berni are the most welcoming, friendly, generous people you could ever meet. It’s really no wonder their diners keep coming back for more. So what better way than to spend the last Sunday of the year than with some great friends (some old, some new – thanks to the power of social media) at Atelier with a pig-on-a-spit and many many sides (all for $50pp!!)
Sunday lunches are such a great time to catch up with friends and while the afternoon away. Karen also held a lucky door prize competition where nearly everyone was a winner – I came home with a copy of David Herbert’s ‘Best-ever baking recipes’ while Dylan got Ben O’Donoghue’s ‘Outdoor’. I was completely stoked with my Christmas present and hope to become a baking queen yet. But, on to the food…
Sides are never just sides when you’re at Atelier, they’re gorgeous in their own right. The buffalo mozzarella was incredible, I could literally eat it by the bucket full. Darren’s green salad with roasted hazelnuts and hazelnut dressing is one of our favourites. And the couscous, ahhh I need to learn to make fluffy couscous like Darren’s.
As for the pig? Well, most people know I don’t rave on about pork like everyone else. I’m all about beef (#beefbash, anyone?) but the master of pork wins me over every time, though I did fail to take a photo of the pig actually ON the spit (oops). Darren cooks pork like no one else, he’s a pro and the meat is meltingly soft and SO flavoursome. Happy face!
It goes without saying, but THANK YOU to Darren and Berni for so many wonderful meals. And of course to Mel for bringing us all together in the first place. See you all in 2013!
22 Glebe Point Road
Glebe NSW 2037
(02) 9566 2112
Restaurant Atelier Website