Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Restaurant Review: He Says She Says

Location: 1101 Toorak Road, Camberwell
Phone: 03 9077 7866
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Overall Impression: 8/10
He Says She Says offers patrons a perfect destination to catch up with family and friends for a meal, impress a client over a business lunch or simply sneak in an after work glass of wine. 

Located at the junction of Camberwell and Toorak Roads, He Says She Says exudes a commanding presence, enveloping a vast modern space with an inviting menu, contemporary and warm interior and delightfully welcoming and warm service. 
The kitchen is in good hands with Head Chef Matthew Beard, having an impressive profile with experience at Barkers in Hawthorn and Maha in the city. His masterful menu is created by combining modern Australian cooking with hints of international flavours that tantalise the senses.
We were privileged to meet Kim Tozer, General Manager and Front of House dynamo, who took us through each menu item that we tasted and explained a bit about what makes  He Says She Says tick. We loved that there is a special Kids Menu available at He Says She Says which offers easy dining options for families who like to dine out and enjoy a delicious meal. (The special Kids Menu is available for $15 and Samsung tablets are available to entertain the little ones too!).
Hummus and Turkish bread
Foreground: Crispy Fried Squid with aioli, smoked paprika, parsley & lemon
Background: Chorizo and manchego croquettes with aji mayonnaise
Roast beetroot and lentil salad – shanklish,apple, grape and walnut
Sticky dukha lamb ribs

While all the entrée items were beautifully made, of particular note was the sticky dukha lamb ribs. These were expertly prepared and had juicy, succulent flesh. The outstanding ribs were crusted with a flavoursome spice mix and then perfectly fried to achieve a moreishly crunchy exterior.  
Pan roasted barramundi, morcilla, romesco, fennel, dill and pinenut salad

The barramundi was masterfully cooked to showcase the delicate texture of the fish. The romesco added a nice “heat” to the dish and the dill and pinenut salad was aromatic and fresh. All the elements came together very well.
Crispy skin Cajun chicken breast, with a puffed and sweet corn salad, smoked almonds and avocado puree

All that we could have envisaged, the crispy skin was perfectly crisp (reminiscent of the starter we had at Royal Mail Hotel). The chicken breast was tender and cooked to a rare perfection in an addictive Cajun marinade sauce.  
Spiced 8 hour lamb brick, green olive and pistachio tabouli, hummus and labna

What we received was perfectly seasoned lamb meat that had been pulled from the bone and pressed together to form a “brick” shape. The lamb meat was incredibly tender and full of flavour. The green olive and pistachio tabouli, hummus and labna brought the dish to another level when eaten together. The flavours were complex and interesting.  
Watermelon, halva, mint, rosewater and pinenut
Vanilla pannacotta, strawberries, lemon curd and champagne jelly
Milk callabeaut chocolate fondant with mint ice cream and milk foam

The mint ice cream and milk foam which accompanied the fondant matched it well and was refreshingly light and fragrant.  We were captivated by the chocolate fondant’s decadent richness.  The fondant was superbly cooked and was absolutely delicious.  
With a delicious menu, Coffee by 5 Senses and an extensive and impressive wine list, He Says She Says is designed to cater for the dining needs and taste buds of discerning customers.

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Gastrology bloggers dined courtesy of He Says She Says.

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