One of the nice little pleasantries of food blogging is every now and then you get a lovely invitation to restaurant launches, special events or celebrations. It's always a great excuse to get your feed on, chatter away with the other food bloggers and give my little camera a bit of a workout.
This week Jeremy and I attended the launch party of the Jazz Apple season at Bistro Guillaume in Burswood Casino. I have to admit we had no idea what to expect at the launch of a fruit - but as big fans of Bistro Guillaume, we were definitely keen to see what this whole event was all about.
Smooth, creamy and absolutely addictive - I do love a good parfait! It is a bit cumbersome to eat, with the mixture sticking to the spoon but I think I manage without looking too uncouth to those around me.
Sadly I only got one of these spoons, I really would have loved another couple!
Sitting a top of pickled cabbage, the meat is cut thick and piled high, with a scattering of apple batons. The meat is well cooked, the fat melting in my mouth. Like the salmon, it needs more salt which leaves the bite not quite as fulfilling as you'd hope.
The duck is tender and juicy, with the peas offering a nice contrasting texture and flavour. The apple works so well with the duck, which is a meat that suits fruit flavours perfectly. I can see why those around me are all saying it's the best spoonful - though I do like the parfait better given my immense addiction to this food type.
Crisp, wafer thin pastry shatters under my teeth when I bite in, the vanilla oozy centre offering a decadent sweetness. I'm really happy to see the lovely waitress who serves us actually has organised a gluten free serving for Chomp Chomp who to that point had been lucky enough not to encounter any food issues. How lovely! The service for the entire evening really was flawless, and seeing that extra step was so impressive.
As he's driving I dig into our goodie bags to see what we've been given to take home. A cute box of apples each is definitely an exciting way to reinforce that this night was all about jazz apples. I'm also happy to see a fact sheet inside and a new 8gb thumbdrive. Yay!
While I love the food at Duende, I have to admit whenever I go for dinner the service is always hit and miss. On this occasion we stood for about five minutes with different staff looking at us but never helping us. We were just about to give up when we finally got a table.
Ordering quickly, our food comes out speedily and we dig in. First up is the Jamon and Leek Croquettes. These have replaced my beloved sweet corn and manchego croquettes but I do not mind at all - they're golden and crisp, sitting in a gigantic pool of garlicky aioli. They're so delicious, sweet, peppery and creamy. I could have eaten a few more serves of these then called it a night!
The blood sausage is soft and falls apart, the scallop seared perfectly and so wonderfully plump. I really enjoy the delicate flavours of the seafood combined with the intensity of the morcilla. Very moorish.
But was it worth it? I'll have to say yes because I did really enjoy this dish. I would have loved some crusty toast (though it's a blessing I didn't have any!) to dunk in that thick and vibrant sauce. It's dishes like this that really prove to me why I love returning here to Duende over and over again.
All up our Wednesday night out was good fun. It's always lovely going to an event that celebrates food, and to catch up with my fellow food bloggers. A big thanks to Genevieve from Media Moguls for the invite to the Jazz Apples 2014 season launch. I'm actually snacking on one of the apples now as I write this!