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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Democratic degustation at Sage Dining Rooms

Diners keen to try a truly democratic degustation dining experience will be delighted to know ‘Taste & Test’ has returned to Sage Dining Rooms throughout April.

Diners taking part in Sage Dining Rooms’ Taste & Test experience are asked to score each dish out of 10. This crisp started with locally foraged edible flowers scored highly.

At your table, you’ll find a pen and score sheet on which to mark each of the five courses out of 10 – along with space for comments on what you did or didn’t like – as well as rating the experience, service, and beverage.

At the end of each Taste & Test session, after diners have departed, scores are aggregated; any dishes that rate under 7.5 are scrapped; those scoring 7.5-8.5 are considered and adjusted; while scores of 8.5 and above elevate those dishes onto the new season menu. It’s a rare – and exciting – opportunity for patrons to influence the menu of an award-winning restaurant.

Now in its ninth year, this latest instalment featuring chef James Viles’ (ex Biota) signature progressive menu is sensational.

While the specific menu items are a closely guarded secret, diners can expect Viles’ signature style founded on ingredients sourced from the farmers, vintners and growers of our diverse region.

“I am excited to bring my renowned produce-driven, Australian-inspired menu to Sage Dining Rooms. Our food and wine program is crafted with honesty and purity, they have a true sense of place and reflect the seasons of Canberra and surrounds,” he says.

At $85pp for five-course lunch or dinner, this is the perfect opportunity to experience Australia’s number 1 rated fine dining restaurant (as voted by TripAdvisor Traveller’s Awards 2019) located in Canberra’s very own backyard within the heritage listed Gorman House. And to put your stamp on Sage Dining Rooms’ upcoming new season menu.

Taste & Test is available Wednesday and Thursday throughout the month of April.

Bookings essential; call 6249 6050 or find @sagediningrooms on Facebook.

Canberra Weekly editor Julie Samaras and plus-one dined as guests of Sage Dining Rooms on Thursday night, 1 April.

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