Mistelle Double Bay ** Has permanently closed!!

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Judy

MISTELLE

16 Kiaora Lane Double Bay


**  Dear readers this restaurant has permanently closed!!

 

dsc00320When I heard about a newish bistro that had opened in Double Bay and prettily titled Mistelle the connotations of that one word alone sent a rush of effervescent energy through my veins. I imagined this place to be something really special- a place that is young, trendy and French inspired yet injected with a spirit of sophistication and maturity much like the character of the Mistelle – a fortified wine to which an elegant grape spirit has been added.   If you’re not a frequent visitor to Double Bay or someone who possesses a sticky beak or curious demeanour, you may be unaware that hidden behind the New South Head Road façade (corner Kiaora Road and New South Head Road) is an exciting new pocket of boutiques, foodie shops, cafes and of course a gem by the name of Mistelle -the kind of bistro that Double Bay locals and not so locals have been wishing for.


THE AMBIENCE

dsc00316The mood at Mistelle is lively and welcoming as we wait to be seated.  A few young chatty women dressed to impress sit by the bar enjoying a cocktail while spilling some gossip and mature small groups are easing into the evening sipping on red wine and happily conversing over share plates.  Couples enjoy the alfresco experience with their adorable pampered pooches while sipping on espresso and indulging in delicious desserts. Dreamy and breazy jazz music plays ever so subtly throughout the space complimenting the murmured notes of conversation in the air.

Mistelle is a bistro with a delightful yet split aesthetic and functional personality. From the outside it has the quintessential appearance of a Parisian bistro with elegant black and white Parisian rattan café chairs and matching petite tables.  The chairs   face outwards onto the lively Kiaora Lane perfectly positioned for people watching, casual banter and dining under the shade of cobalt blue patio umbrellas.  Come inside the bistro and the mood changes completely with an interior that is understated opulence and New York speakeasy. A bar that fuses modern and old world charm that is enhanced by sombre lighting and dark woods partnered with stunning copper finish counter tops and modern, floating metal shelves that hold countless wine bottles and sparkling wine glasses.  The furniture is a blend of hip and mature sophistication with long-legged cobalt blue velvet bar stools that stand gracefully along the dsc00314glistening bar counter. The theme of blue cobalt velvet continues on the dining chairs and banquet seating that extends along the whole of its main dining room wall.  The interior and outdoor design reflects the bistro’s concept of casual and relaxed alfresco dining with an interior that caters for a more sensual and sophisticated dining experience.  Mistelle is a perfect place for dinner or just a drink and for those who want to enjoy a cheese or charcuterie platter at the bar with a cocktail or a perfectly paired glass of wine from a rich wine selection from France to other special regions from around the world.  This all rounded experience in one place is something wonderful and new to the Double Bay scene – a grown up yet relaxed place to drink or dine in.


THE FOOD

dsc00346Mistelle offers a classic French bistro menu with a twist and dash of European flare.  All the dishes we sampled and devoured with complete and utter greed were deliciously prepared with silky and flavourful accompanying sauces that indulged the palette.  When I discovered later in the evening that chef Frederick Booms of the former L’Etoile Restaurant and bar (charming Manu Feildel’s ex French restaurant in Five Ways Paddington) I was so excited as L’Etoile was a favourite of ours and when it closed came to us all as a surprise so it’s reassuring to know that the food here at Mistelle is a continuation of that exceptional quality.  Even more so as Chef Booms has upped the quality and flavour of ingredients by cooking with fresh sustainable grass-fed meats and seafood and sourcing delicious international and local cured meats (the chorizo sausage is to die for) and cheese to serve with a very exclusive wine list and drinks menu. The key concept here at Mistelle is partager or share plates and as I’m usually accompanied by my hungry and foodie friends we rarely hold back and order as if we haven’t eaten for days.

We begin our feast with plates to share digging greedily into the incredibly delicious and beautifully presented plates to share: Spanish green olives, Lucienne bread stick with pepe saya butter, the daily selection of freshly shucked oysters (served with lemon, vinaigrette and tobacco), buffalo mozzarella with heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil and olive oil.  Our entrée indulgence continues as we sample our way through the heavenly divine potato croquette with black garlic aioli and the steak tartare with quail egg yolk and cornichon, shallots, capers and parsley so freshly prepared and perfectly seasoned and flavoured.  Our final entrée the beef carpaccio with parmesan, watercress and basil pesto an absolute delight kept us sated while we waited for our mains to arrive.

Mains were outstanding to say the least and gorgeously presented.  We order our own mains and as usual I sample a small bite of every one’s dish so I can relate my experience to others.  I’ll begin with my own choice of the grass fed sirloin steak with café de Paris butter with chips on the side – a juicy and tender sensation.  Next, I have to bring to your attention the seafood paella with scallops, fish of the day, mussels, calamari, prawns and chorizo – what a delight and that out of this world chorizo which infused the dish with a rich and smoky and incredible flavour.  The line caught snapper with asparagus, crushed kipfler potato and lemon caper butter was magic and so well prepared and presented as was the pan fried duck breast with celeriac puree, dutch carrots, broad beans and raspberry jus.

For a sweet full stop to our incredible meal, we order desserts to share and were blown away by our choices of Affogato with a heavenly vanilla bean infused ice-cream and espresso, crème brulee and the richly devine fondant au chocolat with wild berry compote, blackberry dust and vanilla marshmellow ice-cream.


 THE SERVICE

 dsc00318From the moment we arrived we were made to feel extremely welcome.  Our waitress for the evening was highly knowledgeable, vivacious and accommodating sharing her wonderful expertise in not only the food menu but drinks menu as well. Throughout the evening we were treated as VIP’s and our entrees, mains and desserts all arrived in a perfectly timed and delicious manner leaving us with enough time to catch our breath and enjoy our time chatting away over a glass of wine.  The service is highly professional without being over obtrusive or impersonal in any way. All members of staff were smiling, happy and relaxed while being attentive which reflects highly and kindly on the management as well.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Much like the drink after which it’s named, Mistelle promises and delivers something young, fresh and hip while at the same time enriching the experience with a cultivated spirit of maturity and sophistication.  Like a fine brandy or wine, Mistelle is one of those places that will mature beautifully with time and a place you know will be reassuringly waiting there for you when you’re craving an incredible meal and glass of wine whether by the bar, outdoors or seated on a plush more discreet banquet inside.  I am now comforted in knowing that those black and white Paris cafe chairs facing outwards on to a tiny pedestrian lane are calling to me when I’m missing Paris and am in need of a fine drink or an all rounded French/European culinary and cultural embrace.  Dear readers, are you entranced by Mistelle bistro inspired by France?



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