The Scoop: Valentine’s Day Degustation at Rogue Bar + Bistro

Rogue Bistro + Bar is a hidden gem in the evolving Newstead area, and has always been cherished by locals for its comfortable setting, and impressive presentation of interesting menu options. The menu is not extensive, though it changes frequently and is visually stimulating; just like edible art.

Valentine’s day is a great reason for any venue to unleash creativity and arouse a special experience for guests, which if done correctly, will leave an affectionate everlasting memory. A degustation is the perfect way to spend an evening, tasting and talking the night away whilst allowing the kitchen to showcase its talent by presenting various petite-size servings of fine fare accompanied with matching wine. It was a balmy and breezy Valentine’s night, perfectly suited to the indoor/outdoor layout of Rogue which had been especially decked out with twinkling fairy lights and tasteful decorations.

As the glasses of Primo Secco Sparkling started flowing, out came the pan-seared scallops resting atop a healthy looking BBQ corn salsa and Wakami seaweed. This complementary marriage of ingredients was light, refreshing and ignited the taste buds into a 3-hour love affair. Next flew in the bird, flaunting its juicy and tenderness with a lovely dollop of cherry gel followed by a glass of Langhorne Crossing Sauvignon Blanc.

The ocean trout two ways with beetroot and crème fraiche takes the prize for the most attractive and vibrant appearance, 

However, the tastiest by far was the Wagyu rump served with a truffled potato croquette topped with onion jam. Rogue love to use wooden boards to present a lot of their meals, and the magic they make on this vast wooden space is aesthetically appealing where we love them for it. No degustation would be complete without a palate cleanser to ease the transition into dessert.An interesting cucumber raita was presented along with a glass of The Long Mile Shiraz from Barossa Valley. 

The desserts were designed to share and bring you a little closer together toward the end of the eve, accompanied by a cocktail of berries and bubbles – just to sweeten the affair. Oh sweet, seductive desserts…imagine an exclusive tour through a gourmet Willy Wonka land, where everything you love and all of your sweetest dreams come true, beginning with a cheesecake made of white chocolate and raspberry with a crème anglaise strawberry gel.

An interesting version of mousse was made up of chocolate rosemary and a shard of coconut tuille coupled with chocolatey soil, marshmallow and blueberry compote. This was followed by a simple yet amazingly delicious choc-walnut brownie and burnt banana combination.

The degustation was finally brought to a climax with an ice cream sandwich. This dessert had the essence of a carnival, with popcorn praline and Persian floss; one bite was enough to make you wish that your dining companion is too full to go on.

All the elements of the night came together thoughtfully, from the colour scheme of ingredients to the design of the venue, all created in honour of love.

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