The new autumn menu at Lot.One will keep you full through fall.
As you wander through Potts Point you will find Lot.One by the red glow it permeates. This aura of red is accentuated by the dimly lit room, which has been dotted with candles and painted in charcoal black and earthy burgundy. This moody atmosphere is lifted by the fiery open kitchen and hum of chatter from surrounding diners.
Having opened in Potts Point just under a year ago, owner Michael Bradley’s establishment is going strong. This can be attributed to the ever-evolving menu that focuses on seasonal produce. In the kitchen, Head Chef Xenia Jade has created a new autumn menu that celebrates hearty dishes that will warm the soul. The tapas-style menu is split into five sections with dishes ranging from bite-sized morsels to large family-sized portions.
In the bites section is Squid ($18), which combines pan-fried cuttlefish rings, citrus gremolata, squid ink mayonnaise and native sea succulents. Reminiscent of salt and pepper calamari, the delicate cuttlefish is complimented by a subtle squid ink mayonnaise, native sea succulents adding a refreshing ocean spray. While a heavy hand of seasoning may put you off, the citrus gremolata comes as a nice relief, lifting the cuttlefish out of the salty depths of the sea.
Another seafood delight is the Albacore Tuna Sashimi ($26), which comes with watermelon, soy, sriracha and heirloom tomatoes. The multi-layered dish is visually striking with hues of pink from the watermelon, tomatoes and tuna. The dish is dusted with a green crumb that echoes Japanese flavours of nori and sesame. The fresh tuna sashimi is well complemented by the subtle sweetness of watermelon and tomato.
If you come with a large group, it’s definitely worth getting the 8+ Wagyu Rib Eye 600g ($95), which is served on the bone. This mammoth portion of meat is a carnivore’s dream. It comes out blushing pink with a golden brown crust seared over fat-marbled meat. The steak is tender, juicy and will have your friends fighting like dogs over who gets to gnaw on the dinosaur-sized bone. The dish is accompanied by a side of fluffy potatoes and your choice of condiments. We recommend you try their house made horseradish to add a layer of spice to the moreish meat.
If you are vegetarian they offer a tantalising Corn and Saffron Risotto ($26), which comes with grilled zucchini, baby corn and goats chevre. While dessert lovers will be in bliss with their indulgent sounding nutty delight of Snickers ($14).
To drink Lot.1 offer an extensive cocktail menu that includes playfully named delights such as Wake Me Up ($22), which combines Patron XO Café, Baileys, Coffee Liqueur and fresh espresso. Similarly, they offer a range of beers on tap and have an extensive wine list that celebrates regional Australia. A glass of The Collaborators 2016 Pinot Noir ($14.50) sings in harmony with the bold Mediterranean flavours of their autumn menu.
On Friday nights they have a new offering of $1 Arancini Balls and a DJ spinning house tunes from 5:30pm. AND if it’s your birthday you eat for free. So next time you are in Potts Point searching for somewhere to impress your friends, look no further than Lot.One.