Secret Dinner with Chris Cranswick-Smith
Secret Foodies hit Sydney’s eastern suburbs last Thursday, this time dining at Emmilou on Bourke St in Surry Hills. Guests began arriving at 7pm and were greeted with a cocktail on arrival created especially for the event and aptly named the ‘Ms Darlinghurst’.
Amongst the group of 20 Secret Foodies were some delightful familiar faces and some fun new additions to the SF Club. Confirming 6-degrees of-separation is prevalent in Sydney’s east as it was soon established that most people knew each other through someone, in some way.
We even had a Secret Foodies first with a family reunion! Having not seen each other for 10 years, 2 blood cousins were reunited at the dinner…of all the places and out of only 20 people, these two gents were reacquainted, who would have thought?
Celebrity chef Chris Cranswick-Smith gave us a very warm welcome, delivering each dish and sharing his food philosophy. Chris has been cooking since the age of 14, worked in Michelin star restaurants in Spain, France and the UK and some of Sydney’s top restaurants. He is also a regular guest chef on Ready Steady Cook
The cuisine at Emmilou can be described as “an authentic menu of modern Spanish tapas that combine international expertise with fresh, local produce”. With an impressive wine list, including a delicious Shiraz from his own fathers winery, Cranswick Estate, guests were not short of wines to compliment their dishes.
Dishes were designed to be shared as an informal degustation, Chris also ensured our vegetarian (or ‘non-face-eaters’) and pescetarians were looked after.
My favourite dishes were the ‘Duck Liver Parfait, Fried Beetroot and Sourdough’ and the ‘Blackened Ceviche of Scallops with Toasted Corn Salsa’.
Signature dishes included the ‘Twice Cooked Pork Belly, Chickpea, Potato and Chorizo ‘Cocido’ and the ‘Goat Sausage with Red Cabbage and a Pedro Ximinez Glaze’.
I thoroughly enjoyed the evening at Emmilou. The food, the wine, the cocktails and of course the fabulous team of undercover foodies made this the perfect evening.
But enough about what I thought…check out what our Secret Foodies have to say.
xx Ms Darlinghurst