Not only does Black by Ezard offer modern Australian cuisine using only the finest seasonal produce, it is also spectacular value - $125 for a three course Moët lunch on the weekend (with free flowing Moët champagne until 3pm).
Joining the likes of Melbourne's Ezard and Gingerboy, Black by Ezard is one of Teage Ezard's latest creations, situated in the Star Casino in Sydney.
Whilst not usually an oyster fan, Black by Ezard offers oysters like no other. Fresh from Port Douglas, the generously plump morsels were served natural, needing nothing more than a squeeze of lemon or a dash of red wine vinegar to improve their natural goodness. Accompanied by the free flowing Moët champagne, it was a match made in heaven.
The entrée of prawns with white polenta, smoked tomato and corn, pork crackling and mixed herbs was both textual and flavoursome, and an exquisite start to the three course lunch.
The wagyu flat iron with roasted cauliflower, pearl onion salad and gremolata was without a doubt one of the best steaks in Sydney if not Australia. Cooked perfectly so the meat just melted in the mouth, the wagyu beef was beautifully complimented by the natural creaminess of the cauliflower and the freshness of the pearl onion salad and gremolata.
Poorly done deserts can often erase the hard work of the first two courses, leaving a diner feeling sickly full and on a sugar high. However, with its tart blueberry components offset by the creaminess of the cheesecake, Black by Ezard's cheesecake with lavender honey, blueberry sorbet and sable crumble did not fall into this category.
The staff of Black were an attribute to the restaurant - thoroughly across not only the menu but the individual produce Black by Ezard serves, they were clearly passionate about their jobs which showed throughout the entire experience.
An experience within itself, Black by Ezard is an absolute must if you find yourself in Sydney.
Verdict: The new fave - put it as number 1 on your 'To Do' list.