Midweek feasts are my fave. You don’t have to dress up tooooo fancy (you do need to brush your hair though), and you can be home (and in bed) by 9:30pm after treating your lips (and hips) to a full on three-course feast.
When I walked into The Emporium in Parramatta on a rainy Wednesday night my midweek feast expectations were high. I could hardly wait for the self-induced food coma that was guaranteed to rock me sleep before 10pm. With totally laid-back vibes, the staff were swift and I felt instantly relaxed from the moment I sat down.
Opting for the cured meats and marinated olives to start, there was no way I was sharing this dish. Stacked high with house-made pickles, grissinis and crostinis, if you’re not greedy like me, there’s more than enough for two but the staff don’t judge (they’re pretty great like that), so eat as much as you god damn want and remember, sharing isn’t always caring.
Desperate to get my lips around their oh-so-famous porcini mushroom risotto (served with parmesan, toasted walnuts and confit garlic) for main, it’s an understatement when I say I was disappointed to hear it had sold out. So to make up for it I dove headfirst into the duck ragout parpardelle with a whole heap of sides.
The parpardelle was cooked to perfection. Topped with Parmesan shavings, chives and edamame beans, but it was the home cured duck breast that won me over. Paired with tempura zucchini flowers, shoestring flowers and truffle mac n cheese (I told you I didn’t hold back), I was ready to unbutton my jeans.
When I say ready, I mean that I did (obvs) to make room for dessert. As someone who can never say no to a cheese platter, I managed to find room for cheese, quince paste, muscatels, onion jam and fresh fruit, then rolled out the door happily stuffed AF into bed.
If you love a cheeky casual midweek feast as much as I do, you’re going to love every single thing about The Emporium. Grab your squad and order one of everything, or take a date (or a mate) and eat yourself into a well-earned food coma judgement-free.
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