On a sunny day after work, we took a scenic trip out to Double Bay to visit Mistelle, ready for a night of enchanting French cuisine and champagne pairings to accompany this!
We started off with some warm bread and delicious cuts of salami, paired with the Pineau des Charentes, a French apertif with notes of cognac that was so refreshing on the palette!
The first entree course was a spanner crab and lobster salad with seared scallops and pickled fennel. This was the dish of the day for me, as it was so fresh, well seasoned and had great texture to it, with the flavour of the seafood in the shellfish infused oil bursting in the mouth. This was paired with the Ruinart Blank de Blanc NV, from the oldest champange house in the world, and it did not disappoint. The grapes are sourced from only premier cru vineyards, and being good with shellfish, this choice paired perfectly with the salad.
We then had the steak tartare with toast. Having never had steak tartare before, while I was a little apprehensive at first – this was such a great dish! The runny egg yolk mixed in with the peppery ground beef was amazing, and spread on toast, it was so easy to eat. This was served with a glass of the Pol Roger Reserve Brut, and the mixture of pinot mernier and pinot noir gave great balance and freshness to complement the heavier tartare.
Our main was a pan fried duck breast with celeriac puree. While we had always been familiar with the duck and red wine pairing, we were surprised to find that the Brimoncourt Rosé went perfectly with the dish. The fattiness of the duck and raspberry jus went so well with the rich and smooth rosé! The dutch carrots and beans added some freshness and colour, and it was such a delight to eat.
To round off the night, we had some Mon Pere brie with quince jam and crispy flatbread. Being a cheese lover, this was absolutely amazing. The creamy brie and the sweetness of the jam were so tasty together, providing the perfect balance of sweet and savoury with the bread as well.
Mistelle is located just opposite the main shopping complex in Double Bay, and has plenty of indoor seating, with an al-fresco option as well. There is also a raised table at the back for small groups, which was where we sat for the night. The expansive bar adds to the intimate feel of the interior, and they do happy hour specials as well, so be sure to check that out!
The chef is Parisian-born and has trained in France, and the quality of the dishes and expansive menu selection definitely reflect this. Our hosts were such experts at their craft as well. We were absolutely fascinated by their knowledge of champagne and food, and learnt so much about everything from how champagne is made to what to best pair it with.
Our night at Mistelle was a one-of-a-kind experience, and we left extremely satisfied and so much more knowledgeable about the cuisine we were eating and the drinks it was paired with. Mistelle is such a neighbourhood gem, and their care and hospitality left such a great impression on us! Be sure to order the spanner crab salad with a glass of Ruinart, and experience the best that champagne has to offer.
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Zomato and Mistelle.