Dinner by Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French
I have probably watched every episode of Iron Chef even now when I see an old episode on TV I still watch it. I like how it is made to seem so dramatic and the voice over just tops it all off. I found my self looking on the internet for places to eat in Fukuoka and to my surprise saw that Hiroyuki Sakai Iron Chef French has a restaurant close by so I had to try it out.
The menu at La Rochelle Fukuoka is in Japanese and French neither of which I can read however my French knowledge extends to the word degustation. Seeing this on the menu made it an easy choice the degustation it is. At 12000 yen or about $120 AUD for the five courses considering the food it is reasonably priced defiantly less than I was expecting.
Not knowing what was going to come out made it more exciting! When a dish came out first tasting it and then trying and guess what it is and whats in it. The food was all excellent French style strong flavors , rich sauces lots of butter and cream. Exactly was you would expect from Iron Chef French.
Another unexpected thing was that dessert was not a fixed course but a whole cart was wheeled out and you could pick and choose what you wanted. The waiter was not just cutting up and serving it up rather taking great care and plating it up just like if it had come out of the kitchen.
La Rochelle Fukuoka
I love Italian food its one of my favorite cuisines to eat. I like how the dishes can be so simple but so tasty and seem more than just the few ingredients in the dish. Thats why Mille Vini is now my top place to get an Italian food fix.
Having eaten here several times now and tried many dishes on the menu I can say that I have never got a dish I did not like. As the name suggests in addition to the great food there is an extensive wine list with many Italian choices with some local wines on the list as well.
Meat platter $29 – no longer on the menu last time I ate here however I still asked the waitress for it and i was in luck because she said the kitchen would still make one up
Aranciini $14 - saffron rice balls , crumbed and lightly fried with aloli
Caprese $17 - fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. A perfect example of simple Italian cooking.
Spicy popcorn prawn $16 - with chili salt and lime
Toasted Bread $2
Pork Belly $14 – fried pork belly with spicy balsamic glaze. Little bite sized pieces of pork with a sweet and sour taste.
Bruschetta $16 – with confit tomato , toasted bread and spicy pepperoni spread. This is a little different to any other bruschetta I have had before. The heat of the pepperoni spread is balanced with the cucumber and the tomatoes.
Spaghetti $32 -
Veal $28 -
Sfingi $15 – suger dusted Italian doughnuts with nuttela
Limoncello brulee $15 – burnt vinlla iced cream infused with limencello. Such a nice dessert to finish off with whilst being sweet is has a refreshing taste of lemon.
Mille Vini – 397 Crown St Surry Hills
Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo (Haneda) SQ634
The check for suites & first class area is in its own little section of Changi terminal 3 similar to a hotel there is an area outside for cars to drop off then porters come and take your bags. The check in procedure is very quick, right behind the check in area is a small immigration desk just for the people checking in at the first class area. The time it took from the taxi pulling put at the airport to getting though passport control was probably 5 minutes!
After making my way through security I headed to the SilverKris lounge. Passengers departing in First or Suites are given an invitation to ” The Private Room ” which is a lounge only for passengers ticketed in first class or suites. I was escorted through the main first class lounge and down a corridor to the private room. The dining area of the lounge is set up like a restaurant with table service there also is a small buffet. At this time I was the only person in the lounge so I took some pics. The rest of the lounge is set up with chairs and couches with a small work area with some computers and a kids room.
Walking down the air bride to board the plane I was greeted by name by the crew and shown to my seat and offered a glass of Dom Pérignon. I was wondering how they knew my name with out seeing my boarding pass but after the doors were closed and I looked around I noticed I was the only caucasian in First and 30+ years younger than any other passenger so was not to hard to guess my name from the passenger list. This flight SQ634 is opperated by a Boeing 777 witch has 8 seats in the first cabin.
Check in area
The Private Room – Dining area
Room for talking on the phone
The Seat is very wide feels like you have so much room! In font of the seat is a storage area and a foot rest with the table sliding out from under the screen
Titan of Alaskan crab with avocado , quail egg , salmon roe & basil oil
Chicken consume with ricotta cheese & chive ravioli and Enoki mushroom
Salad of frisee , red oaks and coral lettuces garnished with shaved lotus root and ox heart tomato
Singapore laksa – I was expecting the laksa to be great and and it did not disappoint just as good as any one I had in Singapore
White tiramisu cake with mango sorbet & raspberry
Seat converted in to bed
Overall it was a very good flight the service and food was excellent. The first class seat & bed is just as comfortable as suites but with out the privacy of having the doors.
Singapore Airlines First Class Singapore to Tokyo & The Private Room