12 Micron is a lovely new restaurant is a restaurant, bar and dessert bar all in one, located in Barangaroo in the heart of the Sydney CBD. The restaurant is known for its gorgeous dusty pink interior, view of the Sydney Harbour and its dessert bar, with the Darren Purchese of Burch and Purchese behind its dessert creations.
We came here for a weekend lunch and ordered a combination of savoury and sweet dishes. For entrees, we ordered some oysters with lemon aspen granita and crisp seaweed, the saikou salmon with black garlic, furikake and pickled cucumber. This was a great dish, the salmon was fresh and light and contrasted nicely with the garlic and sour pickled cucumber. We also ordered the pickled mushrooms, celeriac, mount buffalo hazelnuts and sorrel which was a tasty and healthy vegetarian choice. However, we thought the two entrees were quite pricey considering the small serving sizes.
For the main, we ordered the crosslands chicken from the rotisserie with chicken fat potatoes, charred sweet corn and jus gras. The chicken was a touch dry and bland, however the potatoes were amazing and we could’ve definitely had more of them!
Next we moved onto the desserts which is what we really came here for.
We ordered four desserts, the first dessert was the signature Cheesecake with fermented strawberry and white chocolate. This was my favourite, the sour flavour of the strawberry balanced perfectly with the sweet white chocolate.
The second dessert was the Cherry Blossom with cherries, miso caramel and milk chocolate. This was such a pretty dish and tasted good too, with the honeycomb crunch contrasting nicely with the light sorbet and fruit.
The third dessert we ordered was the Green Tea with yuzu, black current and pistachio. We really enjoyed the strong matcha taste of the sponge cake which went perfectly with the strong sour/sweet yuzu flavour.
Mandarin & Petit Fours
The last dessert we ordered was the Mandarin with salted caramel, tonka bean and chocolate. This was a richer dessert and also tasted amazing, with the bitter chocolate contrasting nicely with the sweet salted caramel. We were also pleasantly surprised with a selection of complimentary petit fours at the end of the meal. There was a turkish delight, truffle and mint cookie, which were all delicious and a pleasant treat.
Overall, we enjoyed our meal at 12 Micron, in particular the creative and gorgeous desserts, which also come in 3, 5 or 7 course tasting menus. However we did not think the savoury dishes were particularly memorable. Nevertheless, this new restaurant is definitely worth a visit!