Tuesday, October 30, 2012


When we went to the Chophouse last Friday night for dinner, our waiter teased us with a special that sold out in the first hour of the night. We asked to hear what it was anyway despite his warnings, and we were left with an empty spot in our stomach that wasn't going to be filled unless we went back for the beef Rossini with jamon, foie gras and truffle.

Beef Rossini or Tournedos Rossini, usually a steak filet served on a crouton and finished with a lightly fried slice of foie gras, black truffle flakes and madeira glaze. Reportedly created for and hence named after the Italian composer Rossini.

So I made sure we got an early table at the Chophouse and I put in a request for two Rossinis to be left aside for us today. The lady on the phone thought I was a little bit coo-coo. Oh the things I do for good food.

And here I am, all food coma-ed out relaxing in foodie heaven. It was everything that was promised but still beyond imagination. The perfect balance of potency and subtlety of the truffle, cooked to medium rare perfection, wrapped in a strip of jamon. I wouldn't change a single thing about the dish at all.

We were surprised to find the bill coming to less than $120. Two Rossinis and two sides (portobello mushrooms and the red oak lettuce with avo, cherry toms and jalapeño dressing).

Foodie bliss!

Meal: Lunch / Dinner
Cuisine: American Steakhouse / Modern Australian

Perfect for: Tuesday night after-work dinner with colleagues
Also for: Friday long lunch with a friend

Price range: Expensive
My rating: 8.5/10 for Chophouse (based on other experiences), 10/10 for the Beef Rossini

Address: 25 Bligh Street, Sydney CBD
Near: The Rocks - go for a few drinks before or after
Hours: Mon-Fri 12.00pm-11.00pm, Sat 6.00pm-11.00pm

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