This visit to Ester is severely outdated but I couldn’t resist posting it because it brings back so many warm and fuzzy feelings. Located in Chippendale, Ester is only a short walk from Redfern or Central station. It’s only a small restaurant so I’d definitely recommend booking. They take two sittings and they’re quite strict on getting you out in time for the second sitting so unless you’re a quick eater I’d definitely recommend the latter sitting.
To start off your meal I’d recommend the roasted oysters. My ultimate favourite way to enjoy oysters is raw with a spritz of lemon as I’m generally of the opinion that cooking oysters is a sin, and sure fire way to ruin something so delicious. With that in mind I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed Ester’s roasted oysters. Ever so slightly poached in a tangy horseradish dressing, the oysters were just perfection.
I’ll be upfront in admitting this is my least favourite dish ever ordered at Ester. Nothing particularly bad about the dumplings, just not something I saw myself yearning for after eating them.
For me chicken is definitely low on my meats of choice out of beef, lamb and even seafood. It’s got to be pretty damn special to wow me and certainly Ester’s succulent chicken was fabulous. I personally love the finger lickin’ overuse of garlic and the chicken itself was perfectly juicy swimming in a delicious sauce.
Surprisingly, it’s the roasted cauliflower which completely floors me and is my top recommendation at Ester. A whole roasted cauliflower is a stomach-filler paired with a full protein dish like the chicken so ask for a half head instead because it’d be a real shame not to order it at all. Generally, I’m not a huge fan of cauliflower but roasted it’s just completely moreish. Topped off with all those almonds and a creamy sauce, it’s seriously great.
Honestly, you can never go wrong when you see the words “duck fat”. Realistically, you can never go wrong with potatoes by themself. So, duck fat potatoes? I’m drooling… The potatoes are semi sliced making them ultra crispy. Once again, a total stomach filler of a dish but totally worth the shame of unbuttoning your pants on the way home.
You’ll probably be bursting at the seams at this stage but it’s a must to order two desserts at Ester – the three milks and semi-freddo. They’re modest in size, in a good way, but seriously a crime not to order to top off your meal. A superb way to end dinner, the three milks dessert isn’t overly sweet which is perfect for me, and a good balance of subtle flavours and texture.
The other must-order dessert is the salted caramel semi-freddo. It’s so cheap and a perfect accompaniment to the three milks. Definitely sweeter than the three milks, I think they work perfectly when eaten together.
Ester was my personal top pick of restaurants in 2015. I’ve had two fantastic dining experiences here but admittedly saw other diners experience inconsistent service which I could clearly see detracted from their overall satisfaction. I was really lucky to have fantastic waitstaff who were upbeat, helpful and knowledgeable. My only slightly negative comment is that they definitely push you out of the restaurant for the second sitting if you’re dining at 6pm so keep that in mind when booking and definitely don’t be late as you’re only shooting yourself in the foot. I definitely recommend Ester for an intimate night out but keep in mind their menu is seasonal so some of the items I listed may not be there anymore.
46-52 Meagher St
Chippendale NSW 2008