AZURE, Mt Hawthorn
by JENNY D’ANGER:
Red is my favourite colour, and I’m partial to beetroot (not the canned stuff) so the organic beetroot risotto at Azure at the Mezz was a hit from the outset.
It arrived looking splendiferous, a glorious steaming red portion dotted with white goats’ cheese and beetroot chips.
Having checked out the sweets menu I ordered the $15.50 half-serve to ensure enough room was left over.
Then I was sorry because the beetroot-infused rice with walnuts and lime was simply divine—rich and flavoursome without being heavy.
Lunch was a rare chance to catch up with Voice snapper Jeremy, who ordered the bresaola salad ($14.50 half-serve).
His thinly sliced, dried veal crowned a stack of rocket, thinly sliced pear, goats’ cheese and toasted pine nuts, with an out-of-this world citrus dressing.Jeremy sighed enthusiastically after the first tentative mouthful, then dived in.
Owner/chef Christian Fogliani opened Azure four years ago, serving a fusion of modern Australian, Mediterranean and Asian food, after a stint cooking in Europe and Asia.
Everything is made on the premises, including the pasta.
“We don’t buy anything in,” he told the Voice.
Taste buds dancing with sheer joy, we summoned the delightful and efficient waiter, ordering a lemon pudding for me ($11.50) and the creme brulee trio for my companion ($13.50).
It was love at first bite for both. My pudding was light and fluffy, with a delicious lemon zing. Jeremy’s complaint was his brulee didn’t come in pint glasses, as he all-but licked the last morsel.
He generously shared a tiny spoonful of each with me and I can report they were stunning.
The mint and white chocolate was probably the favourite, but the vanilla (made with real beans) was delicious too. The chocolate just about blew one’s head off with its richness.
Azure is licensed and the extensive wine list matches drinks with dishes.
by JENNY D’ANGER
Azure at the Mezz
148 Scarborough Beach Rd,
open 7 days lunch and
dinner, plus breakfast Sat and Sun