From experience it seems that most food bloggers are always hungry AND they have money to burn. So what happens when a chef embraces these food loving bloggers? Their restaurant is booked out by 40 foodies eager for a night of outstanding food.
Mel (The Adventures of Miss Piggy) had been to Restaurant Atelier and had since been singing their praises. Subsequently Mel struck up a friendship with chef and owner Darren Templeman, aided by the fact that they are both quite active on Twitter. So Mel introduced the idea of rounding up a few people for dinner, word quickly spread, interest rapidly grew and the #FancyFrenchDinnerParty was born.
The restaurant is located in a beautiful cottage in Glebe with wooden floors, a large dining area and room for few tables in the paved courtyard out the back. With 5 big tables, it was the perfect size for a group of 40.
While there was a set menu, my meals were altered to contain no meat so I was served some beautiful seafood dishes. You can really see the attention to detail on the plate. I loved the use of fresh greens, the different flavours and textures, and the addition of mouth snapping pop rocks in one of the desserts!
At the end of the night, after a little encouragement, Darren came to the dining area so we could all thank him. Darren was incredibly accommodating with all the foodie questions! We also were invited into the kitchen to have a look around and learn a little about their cooking processes and where they source their produce.
It was so great to catch up with pals, and meet new people over a fantastic meal. There is already a bunch of us planning to go back to Atelier so we can try the degustation!
How did it rate?
Atelier has a cosy atmosphere, the service is great and the food is beautifully presented. I’m really looking forward to eating there again, and I’m interested to see what they can offer without meat or seafood. It’s a big two happy me!