I recently discovered 12-Micron when I was on the look out for somewhere special to take a client for dinner. I love tasting menus and bottomless brunches for much the same reasons I enjoy degustations.

a) I get to try a little bit of everything. It’s a lot like yum cha but without the baskets. b) I know how much it’s going to cost me when the bill comes. Especially if I choose the matching wine option which I invariably do.

No need to go into how their 7 course degustation with matching wines blew my mind here as this is neither the time nor place. Believe it or not there is actually a bit of behind the scenes research that goes into working out where and when the next Bottomless Brunch will take place. I won’t bore you with the details but needless to say when I found out 12-Micron were doing a Leisurely Lunch I was uber excited and instantly emailed my friend Kelly with the link and a suggested date.

The share menu. There was ample food!

First came the bread. I don’t know about you but I love good bread and it was something that had stood out for me at the degustation. Warm, white rolls served with the softest, slightly salted butter. I hate it so much when the butter is hard, cold and tears into the bread. Not only is their butter beautifully presented but it is churned in house. They also offered us water. Still, sparkling or tap. As far as I’m concerned Sydney water is pretty good most of the time and sometimes I just don’t want to pay up to an additional $ 10 for a large bottle of water. Kelly ordered a bottle of still anyway and when the bill came it was included as part of the lunch (damn should have ordered that sparkling after all!)

Why choose just 1 cocktail when you can have them all?
House made butter. Churned in house and served on some sort of rock.

As we sipped our cocktails the first course came out. The course consisted of 2 dishes. Unlike other brunches I’ve read about where they consider olives or hummus a course, the bresaola and mackeral were quite substantial. The beef was tender, the cherries sweet. The mackeral was cripsy and well flavored. My only regret was as soon as we had taken the fish off the main plate it was whisked away by the waitress. It would have been great to have gotten a little bit more of that tasty sauce before it had left the table. Speak quickly or forever hold your peace.

Wagyu bresaola, macadamia, roasted cherries and red amaranth
Grilled mackerel, hazelnut crumb and green tomato (with seaweed, I think not listed on the menu.)
The prettiest by far but a bit too sweet for me. Rosella Bellini. Rosella and sparkling wine.
My favorite cocktail by far. The Lemon Myrtle Caprioska. Lemon myrtle vodka, lemon and soda.

The second course consisted of two mains. Rotisserie chicken and lemon sole. The chicken was incredibly moist and served with seasonal vegetables and salad. The sole had been baked and was served on paper bark with salt bush, smoked gribache and served with chunky hand cut chips. The sides were spit roasted pumpkin with sage, lemon cream, pepita crumb and black garlic. I detest raw tomatoes – a childhood phobia I’ve never managed to move past. So we swapped the tomato salad out for more potatoes, this time baked with herbs (seriously can you ever have too many potatoes?) Believe me this is a brunch you will not leave hungry.

The deliciously tender rotisserie chicken was served with purple cauliflower , carrots, Brussel sprouts, corn (I wish there was more than one piece) and mixed leaves
Sole baked on paper bark and served with chunky hand cut chips.
Baked potatoes with herbs replaced the tomato salad. Pumpkin blurred in the background.

We still had 45 minutes left and were stuffed to the gills so we deferred dessert while we imbibed a few more cocktails, faffing on about this and that and generally enjoying each others company, like you do.

Dessert was chocolate pudding, mango sorbet, puree and crunch with coriander and rain forest lime.

As expected the experience at 12-micron does not disappoint and was A+ in value for money with sensational food, drinks and service. I’ll definitely be back for another Leisurely Lunch at 12-micron.

On the way out we spotted some unique Gin holders. This one has an inbuilt magnified glass. Just in case your eyes are failing and you can’t read the label #thingswesaynow
In case you think someone is snaffling your gin while you’re out of the house this Hendricks scale will pick up the difference is weight instantly.

12-Micron is now closed and is only available for hire as an event space. December 2019

📍 where – Tower 1 – level 2, 100 Barangaroo Ave Barangaroo

🌏 www – https://12micron.com.au/

🍸🍹 bottomless – cocktails. Choose from 5 and mix and match

💵 how much – $79 for 3 courses + bottomless cocktails

🥗 food – 3 course set sharing menu

⌚️ how long – 2 hours

🗓 when – Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4pm

📚 booking – must give credit card details

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