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Momofuku Seiōbo – Pyrmont

 

Its great when you go to expecting a place to be good and you go away from it with your expectations exceeded!  I went to Momofuku for lunch where the menu is a 8 course degustation (on the day there was actually 10) for $110.  The food was all superb with heaps of variety between the dishes that all seemed to complement each other in progression.

I was lucky and got a seat at the bar that looks into the kitchen there is an area with traditional tables but I think these are the best seats in the house as you can see the chefs at work watching all the food come together.  Another thing I liked about the place was the laid back atmosphere not exactly what you would expect from a 3 hatted restaurant.

At the end of the meal I was given a small packet of kimchi to take home which was nice. I really enjoyed my lunch an Momofuku and want to come back and give dinner a try.

 

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Smoked Potato , Apple

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Steemed Pork Bun

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Pink Snapper with Celery & Mustard

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Potato – Roe & Quandong

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Eel Dashi – Octopus & Raddish

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Egg with Cauliflower & Mushroom – My fav dish of them all. I normally would not pick a vegetarian dish off a menu so when this dish came out I was not expecting anything much sure it looked great but some cauliflower and egg how good could it be? Well it was great , the cauliflower had so much flavor  so did the sauce. The egg was had a lovely texture to it somewhere between hard and soft

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Mulloway with Salsfy & Oyster

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Chicken with Endive & Sunflower – the chicken was so moist and juicy

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Curd with Blackcurrant & Mint

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Sorrel with Pastachio Mirzipan

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Salted Carremel

 

The Star 80 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont

http://www.star.com.au/sydney-restaurants/signature-fine-dining/Pages/momofuku-seiobo.aspx

http://momofuku.com/sydney/seiobo/

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French, Travel

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon – Hong Kong

 

I was intending to go to Joel Robuchon’s 3 Michelin star L’Atelier for a late dinner. I did not have a booking  but it was 9pm on a  Tuesday night so I thought I would go see.  Luckily there was space but I was told the kitchen would be closing in 30 minutes. Knowing this I elected to jump straight to the desserts.

 

Bread basket complementary –  A selection of breads white , sourdough, mini croissant   plus a few others accompanied by some really nice butter. I think I tried one of each of them , all were very good.

La Sphere – Raspberry mousse in sugar ball with rose cream custard and grapefruit sorbet $160 HKD ($21 AUD)

This desert was so beautiful to look at everything looked so delicate and well constructed it seemed a shame to break it all up but it had to be done. The sugar ball was so thin just tapping it broke the shell revealing the sorbet inside.  I really did taste as good as it looks, all the different flavours worked well together with nothing being overpowering or too sweet.

Chocolate ball $160 HKD –  this came out as a whole ball and when it was placed in front of me the waiter pored some hot syrup over it melting the chocolate into how you see it here.

Cappuccino $48 HKD ($6 AUD) – very good strong coffee that came with some caramel syrup

Snail shells, rocks the odd leaf and fake grass inside the glass on the bar

The counter dining area

Chefs hard at work – view from the bar

Impressive wine cellar

 

I had high expectations and L’Atelier certainly lived up to them going by the small sampling I had.  The service was excellent all the waiters were knowledgeable, friendly and not pretentious at all.  All the food/deserts were exceptional with so much attention to detail put into every dish.  Next time I am in Hong Kong I will certainly go back to L’Atelier for the full tasting menu.

 

 

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Hong Kong

Shop 315 & 401, The Landmark

www.robuchon.hk

 

 

 

Modern Australian

Catalina – Rose Bay

 

Last Sunday I was at Catalina for a belated family birthday. I had heard a few things about Catalina, so i was pretty excited to be able to check it out.  If you are able to book well in advance and get an outside table, you will not be unhappy that you did. The views from their outdoor seating area are awesome; a view over Rose Bay looking back towards the city. Right beside the restaurant is Sydney harbour’s seaplane terminal; throughout the afternoon we were able to watch the seaplanes come in to land(sea) and take off.

 

Just after we were seated and given our menu’s a waiter delivered to the table some fresh baked sour dough bread. I forgot to get some pics of the bread, it was delicious with a slight sourness and came in handy later on in the meal but more on that later. With this meal being a celebration, we all got entrées mains and a desert.

 

 Hand made tortellini of snapper and crab with fennel purée and sauce vierge $32 –

Soft, slightly chewy pasta with fish and crab filling, I found myself using every bit of each tortellini to get the last bit of the sauce. They were also quite large, about half the size of my hand.

Bufala mozzarella and heirloom tomato salad $25

Even with such a simple combination of ingredients this dish was surprising with the amount of flavour is had. The mozzarella was really smooth and not at all chewy while the tomatoes… ohh yeah, the tomatoes. These tomatoes were some of the tomato-y tasting tomatoes I have tasted. Imagine tomatoes infused with tomato essence and you will get an idea of how they tasted.

Seared sea scallops with sweet corn purée, morcilla and pancetta $33 –

Big scallops with something that resembles bacon? Sounds pretty good to me. And it was. The scallops were cooked perfectly with a golden exterior and a almost undercooked center. Having the different textures, the crispy pancetta and the soft scallops made this dish really fun to eat. I know some people are big on textures. :-). And for the educational part of this post, morcilla is a fancy way of saying black pudding.

Pan fried king prawns with chilli, garlic and herb butter  $32 –

Split down the middle, these prawns had soak up lots of that delicious garlic and herb butter. Once the prawns were devoured, the remaining sauce/butter was sopped up with the complimentary sour dough bread. Everyone at the table was dipping bread in to the left over sauce.

 Roasted baby chicken with vanilla carrot purée, heirloom carrots, peas and asparagus $42 –

Don’t let the name of this dish fool you. There was a lot of chicken on this plate. I have seen less chicken come out when the bird in question is considered full grown.

Pan roasted lamb rack with chive spaetzle, baby beetroots and Jerusalem artichoke crisps $46 –

The lamb had just a little bit to much fat on it for my liking, that being said i still eat all of it. I even used my hands, mush to the dismay of the family. Its a fancy place they said…

 

Cone Bay Hapuka with spanner crab parcel; sage and eschalot cream $46 –

This dish is usually served with salt water Barramundi but our waiter had informed us that, for the day, this dish would be made with Hapuka. Both fish have a similar flake and taste delicious. The bread came in hand again here too.

 

Riverine beef tenderloin with eschalot purée, sautéed nameko & morel mushrooms, 

crisp onion rings & mustard seed jus $46 –

Look at those onion rings! Crispy and golden brown. They almost looked as if they were cooked tempura style. Underneath the steak there were some mushrooms which gave the dish a big hit of umami, making the steak taste that much better.

 

Dessert selection to share $50 –

From left to right:

Strawberry pavlova with lime curd and strawberry coulis

Classic lemon tart

White chocolate and raspberry cheesecake

Valrhona praline centred dark chocolate mousse, honeycomb and chocolate ice cream

Salted peanut praline and caramel parfait

The big stand outs on this plate were the lemon tart, the cheese cake and the raspberry sorbet that came with the Pavlova.

 

Catalina –Rose Bay, NSW 2029

www.catalinarosebay.com.au
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