Courtney's Brasserie is an elegant find amongst the bustling Parramatta restaurant district. The decor is modern, yet it sits well within the colonial-style building in which it resides.
The food is just as wondrous as the ambience. Courtney's Brasserie regularly changes its menu, based on the local produce that is at it's peak. The menu highlights the season's best, while elegantly arranging the food into a work of art.
The highlight on the menu was the organic chicken with textures of peas, exotic mushrooms and kale. The textures were contrasted with the crispness from the kale and blanched peas, together with the firmness of the chicken breast, and the silky texture of the pea puree and mushrooms.
The starters are just as spectacular as the mains. A group of us enjoyed trout tartare on freshly baked crudites. The trout was combined with a mixture of herbs and garlic, which added depth to the dish.
Other mains included meat or seafood, and therefore Courtney's Brasserie is not the best restaurant for vegetarians. This is the only fault with the establishment.
The menu, staff and establishment are elegant, yet modern.
Where: 70 Phillip Street Parramatta NSW
Why: It highlights Sydney's local produce and showcases it in an elegant way.
Cost: Mains $30-$40
When: Tuesday - Friday 12pm-3pm and 6pm-10pm. Saturday 6pm-10pm.