Degustation menus can be found in fine dining restaurants the world over, and they have been around for many years. The concept is believed to have originated in France in the early 1900s, to showcase a chef’s signature dishes. Degustation (translated: Tasting) is a French culinary term that refers to sampling a selection of small dishes served one after the other. The term has also come to include ideas like savouring food with all one’s senses, appreciation of ingredients and the technical skills involved in creating a dish, and enjoying food, often matched with wine, in the company of others. Degustation – or tasting – menus can be an ideal way of discovering new foods and the relaxed style of eating, which can take a whole evening, makes the event into a wonderful culinary experience.
Many of Sydney’s best restaurants offer Degustation menus, and 12-Micron is no exception. The team here, led by 2-hat executive chef Justin Wise, are proud to concentrate nearly exclusively on the best Australian produce, which they divide into categories such as earth, ocean, land and air. To complement the outstanding modern cuisine, the restaurant offers a variety of different seating areas and styles of furniture which creates a relaxed and casual ambience that contrasts beautifully with the finely crafted food. Imagine an evening filled with great company, outstanding food presented beautifully and accompanied by exquisite wines, in comfortable surroundings and with the ever-changing backdrop of the harbour views as the evening progresses – that is what a degustation menu experience at 12-Micron is like.
With more and more people turning to vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, 12-Micron has created a separate vegetarian and vegan fine dining degustation menu. Here, a selection of fresh Australian produce is presented in colourful and innovative ways that will have you coming back for more time and again. Enjoy the delicious tastes and textures that are presented as part of the special 7-course tasting menu specially designed to include the best ingredients of the season. Waiting staff will be happy to explain various dishes to you or answer your question about the ingredients.
For those diners who can’t wait to check out the dessert menu. 12-Micron has gone one better and devised a complete dessert degustation menu. Simply cut out the savoury elements of your meal and go straight for a delightful sweet menu consisting of 3, 5 or even 7 courses. The special “dessert kitchen” at 12-Micron is equipped with a bar where you can watch your dishes being created by the talented pastry chefs and is very popular, especially in the evenings. You can enjoy a selection of dessert wines by the glass to complement your sweet choices or, if you prefer, try some of the delicious cocktails on offer.
To make the most of your afternoon or evening, make sure that you book a table in advance. That way you will be assured of a good spot, and you can drink in the relaxing atmosphere of the tastefully decorated restaurant or enjoy the lively bustle going on along the harbour front, depending on where you are seated. Degustation bookings can be made simply by contacting 12-Micron on 02 8322 2075 or by booking via the booking page where you will also find a list of available special offers and events.