Jimmy’s Bar at Frangos & Frangos – Daylesford – Saturday 22 March 2014 – Dinner

Frangos & Frangos is a boutique hotel that has some nice restaurants and cafes on the main strip.

I’ve previously tried Cafe KouKla, right on the corner and it was great for a casual night out but has changed a bit since (décor wise) so I shouldn’t comment on that experience.

Jimmy’s Bar, while not fine dining, is the finer of the offerings. We started with a wine in the front bar having got a reservation earlier that day which was surprising for a Saturday. It must have been one of the last tables because once we went down to the restaurant level it was near full with a bit of turnover of the same tables while we were there.

In preparation for a big dinner at Lake House the next day we decided to share some tapas with staff recommending three to four dishes to share. That ended up being the perfect amount.

Zucchini flowers, pumpkin ricotta, mustard fruits

Zucchini flowers, pumpkin ricotta, mustard fruits

There were highlights, and some dishes I would rather have missed, but overall the quality was high and I would go back. What I found surprising was our favourite dish, and one of my favourite salads in a long time, was the heirloom tomato salad. We are still talking about it. Comparable to the sweet flavour of vine tomatoes at the markets in Italy, these heirlooms were metaphorically and literally popping with deliciousness.

Seared Tasmanian scallops, fennel & Perno sauce, crispy pancetta

Seared Tasmanian scallops, fennel & Perno sauce, crispy pancetta

This came last with the scallops which were about as underwhelming as a $25 dish with four scallops can possibly get. Rather than dwell on the innocent, but unfortunate selection, the ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers were terrific with a light batter enhancing the texture, and the gorgonzola stuffed figs with prosciutto were passable, even if the well founded combination was let down a bit by a lack of punch in both the fig and gorgonzola.

Gorgonzola stuffed figs wrapped in proscuitto

Gorgonzola stuffed figs wrapped in proscuitto

Dessert was a nice note to finish on. The bitter chocolate tart with poached cherries and Chantilly cream was rich and powerful without being obnoxious! It was best shared, but could have done with something to break-up the richness like some vanilla bean ice-cream – the cream not being enough to do the job.

We were focussed on the next night and this was not the grand final. Jimmy’s Bar made for a nice night out with some real highlights. Once some of the misses are ironed out it could make for a special night on its own.

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