Conrad Piggins is close to our head office in Warriewood. On Wednesday nights, they do a Chef’s Night Out. I’ve done something similar in Queenstown, New Zealand – it was called Trust the Chef and it was great.
The Conrad Piggins experience was slightly different – it was basically a set menu for $45 and an extra $15 for matching wines.
First course was a panna cotta with crab and crispy lavosh shards. It was a lovely dish, beautifully presented (although I would have liked a spoon) – my only issue was that the lavosh shards had a very strong paprika flavour which slightly overpowered the dish.
Second course was fabulous – swordfish. It was the standout for the evening for me. I am embarrassed that I can’t remember the specifics of the dish but overall consensus from the table was very positive.
Final course was a strange concoction. I didn’t dislike it, but I found it a bit confusing. It was brioche with an orange and carrot jam, served with ice cream.
We had a few wines before dinner, they had a good wine selection. The wines matched with dinner were lovely (a rose at first course, a Riesling at second) and they served a homemade gingerade with dessert.
The restaurant itself had modern styling with well-spaced tables – not cramped at all and well-lit without being bright. The waitstaff were pleasant and knowledgable, although they seemed a little nervous. I’m not sure if it makes a difference that we were a table of 7 fairly loud people.
Overall, a pleasant experience – I am looking forward to returning there soon.
54 Kalang Road, Elanora Heights NSW