e’cco bistro

e’cco was the restaurant that inspired my massive love for gourmet dining and cooking. One night Mum and Dad surprised me with my first cookbook, “Eating In”. I had recently read some cookbooks of Phillip Johnson (executive chef at e’cco bistro) that Mum and Dad owned. I was flicking through the book and one recipe caught my eye, as it would with anyone. It was the trio of chocolate – a white chocolate sorbet, milk chocolate mousse & dark chocolate delice. It looked amazing but it was far out of my reach at the time, I only wished I could try such an amazing dessert.

My parents usually reward me for achieving a good report card and the year seven one was especially good so I chose e’cco.

Mum and I walked into e’cco and took a seat positioned so I could look into the kitchen. I couldn’t believe that I was in e’cco. The bread that was served was the most top class bread I have tried. We ordered our meals and below you can see how excited I was.

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Our entrées arrived; I ordered a prawn, saffron and vanilla bean risotto with crispy pancetta.

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Mum ordered a chipotle-marinated quail, corn puree, cotechino, peas & coriander.

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I was impressed with the richness of the risotto and how the pancetta complemented it.

Phillip Johnson must have noticed me and came to our table and said hi and luckily I brought my “Eating In” book for him to sign.  Phillip told me about the people who inspired him and showed me a famous bistro book- “Modern Bistrot Cookery” by Antony Worrall Thompson, who Phillip worked for in London. Phillip gave me one of his cookbooks that I was missing – “Bistro”. I told Phillip about the trio of chocolate and he said that I could come back for work experience and create the dessert with Kristie the head pastry chef. YES!

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Mains arrived and Phillip left us to it and went back into the kitchen. Unfortunately Mum and I forgot about the camera and started eating the mains. It’s very rude to do this but we took photos anyway and here they are. Well somehow I lost the photo for my duck dish but here is Mum’s anyway.

Mums Dish: Blue eye cod with mash and a salsa verde (quarter eaten)

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The mash was flavoursome and it supplemented the duck effectively.

I couldn’t go past the crema catalana (orange zest and cinnamon flavoured cream) and Churros (a fried Spanish doughnut).  Mum treated herself to pedro ximenez (the name of a white grape in Spain which is made also as a varietal wine, an intensely sweet, dark, dessert sherry, so I have been told.)

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To top off, we finished with a good cup of tea for me and coffee for Mum, including house made biscuits.

What a lovely day, I cannot wait for work experience.

Wish me luck.

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