Tasmania: Peacock and Jones

Peacock and Jones
33 Hunter St, Hobart TAS 7000
1800 375 692
http://peacockandjones.com.au/

Peacock and Jones, intriguing building. Loved the modernised decor to an historic building.

The staff are warm and seem to be very family oriented to each other.

So on to the food. We ordered:

  • chicken liver parfait | preserves | madeira jelly |  house brioche
  • market fish | vadouvan | honey bug | fried curry leaves
  • huon valley berkshire pork chop | pomme puree | crackle | sauce perigueux

I guess I want to make mention of the bread and butter that came out first. I would have liked the bread to have been warmed potentially. The butter just seemed pretty standard, nothing to write home about. Even the bread basket can set an impression for the night.

So the house brioche was very well done. Lovely and toasted. The chicken liver parfait and madeira jelly was quite satisfying. Very rich however. Shared between two, we couldn’t eat it all. The radish and the blackcurrant preserve accompaniments paired well. The radish was crisp and fresh, and the blackcurrant gave it a sweet, sour note which both cut the richness of the liver parfait well. Unfortunately I still compare all chicken liver and foie gras parfaits to Heston Blumenthal’s Meat Fruit at Dinner… so in comparison this is fairly well executed but still can’t touch the awe I still have for the Meat Fruit.

Moving on to mains, I was a little disappointed there weren’t better vegetarian or white meat options. On their website, they seem to have more variety listed, than when we went in person and viewed their night’s menu.

The market fish was ling. Ling is probably not my favourite choice of fish, barramundi, perch, cod, kingfish, salmon all come to mind before Ling as a fine dining fish of choice.

Whilst the dish was cooked okay, I liked the honey bug element on the plate, the ling was okay, but I didn’t really enjoy the curry leaf jus.

The Huon valley berkshire pork chop though, was cooked very well. Beautiful crackling – I wanted more! The pork was cooked well, pomme puree was smooth, creamy and silky and sauce perigueux was delicious. A well executed fairly standard pairing.

Overall, I would say a decent dinner, and great service by our lovely and very entertaining waiter. Probably didn’t leave me morish for coming again and again though.

 

 

Food: 7/10
Value for money: 7/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Overall Score: 30/40
$$$

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