Date: June 23, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Fine dining making a mark at Oatlands

Fine dining and good food has made its mark at Oatlands Golf Club.

The North West Sydney club has been named as a Finalist in the 2016 Clubs NSW Chef’s Table competition after edging out plenty of high quality opposition from across the state.

As part of the finals, Head Chef Paul Molan and Apprentice Chef Beth Dobbins had to serve up a delicious three-course meal for 18 people including three judges, while sticking to a $22 budget per person.

To add a layer of complexity to the challenge, Molan and Dobbins were required to incorporate a mix of key ingredients to their offering, including single origin chocolate, rabbit, fresh Australian seafood, a native ingredient and Anchor cooking cream.

And what a menu it was. 

The entrée of sesame seared yellow fin tuna with confit cuttlefish, yuzu curd, organic red quinoa, pickled karkalla, baby shiso and chilli coriander ice was followed by  a main meal of Assiette of rabbit – seared rack with fondant potato and jus, pan fried loin with saltbush and Jerusalem artichoke, braised shoulder tortellini with minted carrot, roasted beet and poached truss tomato.

Diners with a sweet tooth weren’t forgotten either as the dessert was a buttermilk panna cotta with pink moscato jelly, pomegranate gel, lavender dust and smoked madalait chocolate.

Oatlands Golf Club Cuisine

Molan and Dobbin’s efforts were marked on taste, presentation, preparation, innovation and creativity.

ClubsNSW CEO Anthony Ball said that the competition was the perfect platform for chefs to think outside the box and dish up a meal that set them apart from the crowd.

Club food has been the best kept secret across the state for far too long, proving an amazing meal is just around the corner from home if you want it.”

“The Chef’s Table encourages our club chefs to challenge themselves and develop their skills. This will help them deliver new dining experiences for their club, which we hope rivals some of Sydney’s finest restaurants,” he said.

Judging by the images of the food however, we reckon Oatlands are the winners hands down!