Monday, June 25, 2007
At $150 per person we had high expectations and we were not disappointed. We were greeted warmly at the door and lead to our table, the room was dimly lit enhancing the view of the Opera house and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Once seated the staff wished us a 'Happy Anniversary!' which was a really nice touch. We giggled at all the cutlery in front of us - it sure beats the usual pair of chopsticks!
For starters we were given a complimentary celery soup and a fresh soy and linseed sourdough bread roll (if only all bread tasted this way!). The butter that accompanied the roll was absolutely delicious (light but so full of flavour) I think I finally understand what it means to pay more for a really nice butter (I feel a visit to the growers market coming up). We did have to politely decline when offered another roll so that we didn't spoil our appetite.
Pacific oyster with mignonette dressing
If you look closely you can see that the lemon has been carefully wrapped up so that the seeds don't fall into the oyster when you squeeze it - all the small details....
Confit of Petuna Ocean Trout with beetroot mousse & horseradish creme fraiche
Peking duck Consomme with dumplings, shaved abalone and mushrooms
I was so proud of Jacky when this dish came out. He isn't normally a beetroot fan but he still gave the dish a go, when we first started dating he wouldn't touch anything that was 'different'. Now he's very open to trying things to explore what he likes and dislikes with an open mind.
At this stage we had used all our cutlery and were given a new set for the next set of dishes.
Western Australian Scampi wrapped in Tunisian brick pastry and served with gremolata
Twice cooked kurobuta sweet pork belly with pear salad and a cider dressing
The scampi looked amazing and tasted like a mini lobster. The pork was succulent and the flavour lingered in your mouth after every bite.
Poached beef fillet with braised silverside, bone marrow, condiments and beef consomme
Awesome...the photo says it all.
While we waited for dessert Jacky told me how the toilets had small hand towels just like home. I had to go check it out, after all... nice toilets are a must!
Complimentary strawberry dessert topped with a sweet lemon granita
Caramelised apple with caramel millefeuille and pain d'epice ice cream
Chocolate Valrhona tart, caramelised salted peanuts, vanilla ice cream
I knew Jacky wouldn't really enjoy the apple dessert so I emailed the restaurant asking them if they could change it to a chocolate one adding a special message in chocolate. When the desserts arrived the grin on Jacky's face when he saw the chocolate tart was just priceless.
Coffee & Tea and petite fours
lemon tart, earl grey chocolate truffle, coconut macaroon with a chocolate filled centre.
This dinner was just a fabulous experience, the food was exceptional, the service was flawless and they just made us feel really special and looked after. At $150pp this 7 course tasting menu was worth every dollar!
1 Macquarie Street
East Circular Quay
PH: 02 9252 2555
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Unfortunately work hasn’t been calm and our team is going through a massive period of change. My direct manager is moving to London for an unbelievable opportunity (I’m so excited for her but quietly devastated at the same time). A promotion has been presented to me but the weird thing is I’m still deciding if I want it. I have a few tough career decisions ahead which so far has left me tossing and turning and unable to sleep at night.
Jacky’s also been working really hard with late nights and bringing work home, we often look at each other in disbelief that it’s already the end of June. We’ve both been fortunate that we have been rewarded by work which has really eased the financial pressures that come with having a mortgage.
Five bars and a cobblestoned courtyard, I'm loving the Argyle at the moment. Not so much for drinks on a Friday or Saturday night (who has time to wait in line that long?!!) but during lunch when there isn't many people around this place is fabulous.
12-18 Argyle St.
The Rocks, Sydney
PH: (02) 9247 5500
We celebrated Jacky's birthday with his work friends at Eat city located at the top of the City Hotel. They've done a great job with renovating the venue and have turned it into quite a fancy little place (they have wine tasting every Tuesday).
Lamb Rump with French Beans a la lyonnaise $21
Wild King Fish on a warm salad of ox heart tomato, caper, olive and lemon $21
Level 1, City Hotel
349 Kent Street (Cnr King)
Ph: 02 9262 5900.
Went to Aria for our anniversary dinner last night, what an experience! Hope to post up some photos this week.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I've also had my eye on these glass tea pots for a while (perfect for a tea party) they look particularly fabulous when you serve tea using flower tea bulbs. Not sure what I am talking about? check out this website. I bought my pot for $25 at T2 at Bondi Westfield, the flower tea bulbs were $4 for 2 and comes in different flavors. The strand sells a similar pot (with thicker glass) for $120.
Back to work tomorrow (and to the reality that applications for summer clerkships open next month), I am going to Danny Bhoy at the Opera house on Friday and I have a lot of birthdays coming up. Our 9 year anniversary is in 7 days and we've booked dinner for 2 at Aria where we are having their 7 course tasting menu - I can not wait! (can you feel my excitement radiating through the screen!?!? Thank you Sophia for such a lovely and generous Christmas present!).
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I've posted about Kazbah before so I'm going to be lazy and point you to Helen's & Kate's blog sites for their reviews of this visit. Also in attendance was Rebecca of Cucina Rebecca, Kathryn of Limes and Lycopene and Anna of Morsels & Musings.
Foul Medammas - Chick Peas, Fava beans, Garlic, Lemon Juice, Boiled Egg, Shallots, Flat Bread $16.5
Breakfast Tagine - Pumpkin, Feta, Spinach, Capsicum, Caramelised Onion, Tomato, Eggs $17pp
Sweet Couscous, Mixed Nuts, Dried Fruit, Stewed Rhubarb, Cardamom Milk $15
Strawberry and Banana Pancake, Double Cream, Maple Syrup $16
Lunch - Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 12pm - 3pm
Dinner - Wednesday to Saturday 6pm - Late
Kazbah on Darling
379 Darling Street
Sydney - Australia
Phone (02) 9555 7067
'Tia...come Tia...Good girl Tia' - Tia was just as excited about the burgers
Cupcakes from Babycakes in Summer Hill