What is a degustation menu and why you should try one
If you’ve always wondered what a degustation menu is but have been too afraid to ask, you’ve come to the right place.
‘Degustation’ is the French word for ‘tasting’. So, it’s literally a menu that offers you lots of different dishes to try.
While some restaurants offer up to 20 courses, it’s more usual to sample four to nine dishes in one experience.
Also known as a chef’s tasting menu, it’s perfect for anyone who is adventurous when it comes to food and keen to try out new gastronomic trends.
While the dishes are small, they are packed with flavour, imagination and quality ingredients.
A restaurant offering a chef’s tasting or degustation menu may also offer wine or beverage matching, pairing each dish with a suitable wine or drink that complements its flavours.
‘Degustation’ is one of those words that pack in multiple meanings in just a few syllables. It carries connotations of savouring every mouthful of food, eating with all your senses and taking your time over delicious food in great company.
This can mean that you’re welcome to linger over your degustation experience, soaking in the complete vibe.
Exciting benefits for dedicated foodies
Degustation menus are increasingly drawing in diners to the best fine dining restaurants in Melbourne. That’s because they offer some exciting benefits over a more traditional à la carte menu.
If you’re a dedicated foodie, then the thing you’ll love the most is that you simply get to try out a wider range of dishes in one sitting.
They’re the perfect format to showcase any executive chef’s skills and styles. Too often, chefs find their creativity stifled when restricted to traditional menus. The chef’s tasting menu is their chance to shine, tapping the depths of their creativity and imagination.
Focus and effort is concentrated on each dish, meaning you as the diner get to experience the joy of high-quality, exciting food.
What’s also great about a degustation menu is that it can easily flex to try out the latest gourmet trends.
An unforgettable dining experience
Sounds like your kind of thing? Come and enjoy our chef’s tasting menu here at Eureka 89 in the evenings from Wednesday to Sunday.
Curated by our award-winning Executive Chef, Renee Martillano, our four- and six-course degustation menus capture everything that’s great about modern Australian cuisine, created with local and seasonal ingredients.