Sage Restaurant (5 Course Tasting Menu) - Braddon, Canberra

Sage is a fine dining restaurant in Braddon which offers Modern Australian cuisine. It is located at the heritage building Gorman House Arts Centre. The Gorman House was first opened officially in 1925 as a government hostel and was used up to 1972 as accommodation for public servants. 1981 saw the conversion of the building into an arts centre which is still the case until now. 

Sage Restaurant (5 Course Tasting Menu) (My Rating: 7/10)  

Signage at The Front of Sage Restaurant

Mint Garden Bar - Part of Sage Group

Sage Restaurant Atmosphere on Dinner Time

Sage held "Taste & Test" event available for Tuesday to Thursday dinner during the 5-week period from the 27 August to 26 September. The 5 course tasting menu costed $60 and the diners were given a chance to enjoy and provide feedback on each course. 

The dishes which earned the most positive feedback from the diners will be included as the new permanent menu in the restaurant. The new tasting menus change every week during the 5 week. I personally think that the idea of introducing this event is very smart, business and feedback at the same time! 

Handmade Plates as Used in Sage are Available for Sale
Bread & Butter on a Unique Handmade Plate

I dined at Sage on the third week and as I made the reservation just the week before I was allocated a seat on 8.30pm. The restaurant space is not big and the environment reminded me of the Ginger Room Restaurant at the Old Parliament House (Ginger Room is now closed).

The table was covered with a plain white paper with the same size as the table. The waiter came with the biggest stamp I have ever seen in my life and stamped on the right side of the table where each patron sat. Starting from there my 2-hour career as a food judge commenced :)

The comments on the 5 course testing menu are on the second last picture. I will share my feedback for Sage to you there.

Pan Fried Brocollis, Puffed Rice & Rockford Blue Cheese

Ponzu Tuna, Avocado & Tomato, Yam Chips, Seaweed Crumbs and Lime Sauce

Hamcock & Pork Belly Ravioli, Pork Crackles and Red Wine Jus

Duck Rillette, Potato Hash, Pickled Cabbage, Cheese and Dijon Mustard

Fresh Berries, Meringues, Lime Sauce, Caramel Sauce and Sauvignon Sauce
This Is How It Feels Being Like a "Masterchef" Judge

It was an enjoyable dining experience although there was some hit and miss on each course. Degustation means small testing dish which left the poor BF still a bit hungry so he stuffed his stomach with the complimentary breads served by Sage so that he did not need to visit a junk food store afterward haha.

I was recently contacted by Sage that after the "Taste & Test" event they have developed the 5 course degustation menu for this spring season for $60 instead of $95. So why not try it?

Sage Dining Rooms - Gorman House Art Centre, Batman Street Braddon ACT

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