Last year I had the pleasure of dining with a restaurant full of food bloggers at Restaurant Atelier in Glebe. It was a special meal and it felt like every dish had been carefully thought through. Each course was delicious, delicate and visually stunning. At the time I accepted a small portion of seafood in my diet, something I have since eliminated.
Ever since that stunning meal, I had been eager to revisit Atelier and see what clever dishes chef Darren Templeman could create for a vegetarian diner. So I rounded up 10 other food lovers who were keen to try a vegetarian degustation (or vego dego as it became known). I’m also very happy to add that most of my fellow diners weren’t vegetarian!
We weren’t given the menu beforehand or on the night and the control freak in me was initially a tad curious as to what we were having. In fact on the night I was actually glad I didn’t know what was coming next as it made every dish feel like such a surprise.
One of my dinner pals is gluten, wheat and dairy free and these dishes were given special attention, even down to the soy sauce. Both times I ate at Restaurant Atelier I had different eating requirements to the menu and it’s really humbling to see so much care is taken to ensure that each diner has a delicious experience.
There was never any doubt that this would be an amazing meal. Every one of the dishes were beautifully presented and full of interesting textures and flavours. The portion sizes were just right too. My favourite? The gorgeous crispy tofu as pictured below.
I’m so looking forward to my next vegetarian degustation at a different time of year so Darren can showcase more fantastic seasonal vegetables.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go for that next special occasion, Restaurant Atelier is the perfect place!