There’s just something so sophisticated yet simple about French food – the techniques, the high attention to detail, the focus on quality ingredients, and an overarching passion for food.
The Cooks Pantry at Grange will be celebrating all things French cuisine with a one-off dinner on Friday August 24.
Inspired by a recent trip to France, chef James Bodroghy has created a balanced, seasonal menu, and he wants guests to sit down and really take the time to enjoy their food.
“One of the reasons I wanted to do that style of menu is it’s traditionally how you would eat in French hotels and restaurants back in the day,” said James.
“We don’t eat like that anymore, we’re always in a hurry. So we’re not going to be turning over tables on the night – people can stay as long as they want.”
James has a long history with French cooking – he first trained in the kitchen at a French restaurant in Norwood back in the 80s, before travelling and working through France and the UK.
For the dinner he’s included some of his favourite recipes from back in the day, and also taken inspiration from three weeks cycling and eating his way around France recently.
The five courses will start with a cauliflower and gorgonzola soup, finished with truffle oil. Next it’s a dish James has cooked at a number of restaurants over the years: roast quail stuffed with a light herb filling and wrapped in lightly smoked speck. For mains, a beef fillet will be served with in-season celeriac.
It wouldn’t be a French dinner without a fromage course, with a mix of French and local cheeses served up before a pear frangipane tart with creme fraiche and belgium chocolate sauce to finish things off.
The dinner is $85 per head, or $110 with four matched wines. If you’d prefer to BYO from the cellar at home, corkage is $10 per bottle. Bookings available from 7pm – to book a table, call 8353 3626.
The Cooks Pantry, 6 Jetty Street, Grange