Modern Australian

Berowra Waters Inn

 

Berowra Waters Inn is only accessible by boat or seaplane. When you make a reservation you are given a choice of two different wharfs where a boat will meet you and take you on a five or so minute trip out to the restaurant.  Its not that far from the wharf but it really does feel like you are miles from anywhere. The place its self is an old style stone building that has been modernised with floor to ceiling glass, every table in the place has a great view.

The menu does not describe the dishes it only states a few of the ingredients and that’s it , this leaves it all up to the imagination of what the dish will be. The presentation of all the dishes was amazing like little works of art on a plate. Each dish really did taste as good as it looked.

Dining at Berowra Waters Inn is a great experience, I highly recommend it.

 

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Bread

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Amuse-bouche

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Parfait, Liquorice , Beetroot

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Prawn, Jerusalem Artichoke 

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Chicken , Parmesan , Onion

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Lamb , Red Pepper, Aubergine

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Petit Four – 

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Silton , Celery , Walnut 

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Lemon , Berry , Basil

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Arrival of the seaplane

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Berowra Waters Inn – Via East and West Public Wharves Berowra Waters , NSW Australia

www.berowrawatersinn.com

Berowra Waters Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Modern Australian, Uncategorized

Firedoor – Surry Hills

 

To quote their own website “The kitchen will burn a collection of different woods daily to create coals that will then be used to enhance the natural characteristics of the ingredients” this is evident when tasting the dishes a smokey flavor of varying intensity is present in the food providing another layer of flavor.  The menu changes every day and consists of  20 or so simple dishes as you can see below most have only a few ingredients. The restaurant its self-has a modern open plan fit out with an open kitchen so you can see the chefs work the fire in the ovens and grills.

The chefs menu is very good value at $85 for which you get all this food you see here! I was surprised when dish after dish kept coming out all the time thinking that this must be the last one by the time the final savory dish of quail was presented I was so full that I could only bring myself to have a small portion. Another thing I like about chefs menus is that you get dishes that I would not otherwise order so it forces you to try new/different things and often its the dish I would not have ordered that I liked the most.

Firedoor is worthy of  the hype that it has received; the food , service and atmosphere are excellent. Well worth checking out if you have not yet done so.

 

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Wood fired bread with house butter and olive oil

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Smoked jersey curd with pickled vegetables

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Garfish , bagnet vert , nasturtium

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Grilled leaves , guanciale, walnut

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Sugar snaps on almond sauce

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Swordfish belly with fennel and blood orange

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Jurassic quail , radicchio toasted spelt

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Smoked parsnip ,apple , riesling

 

Firedoor -23-33 Mary Street, Surry Hills
http://www.firedoor.com.au/
Firedoor Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

Italian, Japanese

Lumi Dining – Pyrmont

 

Japanese and Italian are two of my favorite types of food , the idea of a fusion of the two sounded interesting but I was not sure how they would go together. However after trying it out at Lumi Dining I am defiantly a fan and at $95 for the 8 course menu with matching wines $80 its really good value for food at this level.

The service was laid back but still professional and the waiters had a good knowledge of the food. A couple of the courses were served up by one of the chefs which I thought was cool.  All the food was excellent with interesting flavors and textures along with some beautiful presentation.

Lumi defiantly deserves the two hats they were recently awarded at the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide awards. I dont often return to a restaurant shortly after going there once however I see another meal here for me in the near future.

 

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Chawanmushi – I dont like Chawanmushi  I find the combination of the egg custard with a fishy/soy taste not to my liking. This however is an  Italian  take on Chawanmushi with the fishyness replaced with Parmesan cheese making it top dish for me and a perfect way to start off a meal like this.

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Beetroot , black seaseme , cream – this one missed the mark for me, salty beetroot topped with a sauce and cream.

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Spanner crab , kolhrabi , yukari

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Ravoli , guyere cheese , porcini butter – my favorite dish of the meal! This ravoli was amazing so much flavor and the mixture of textures makes it a perfect dish. I wish I could have a main sized portion of these.

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Brunt semolina spaghetti , quail , marjoram

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Lamb rib , red misso , leek, lime kosho

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Yuzu , mandrine , licorice,  wakame powder

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Ginger ice cream , white chocolate , passion fruit

 

LuMi Bar & Dining  – 56 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont NSW 2009

http://www.lumidining.com/

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