Archive for November, 2013

Quay Restaurant, Sydney

November 30, 2013

http://www.quay.com.au
Overseas Passenger Terminal, The Rocks

I was a guest of a friend who was in town for business. He’d given me a bit of notice to book somewhere. Nothing less than a degustation would do. Quay it was. Premium wines all the way.

It was an excellent meal. Worthy mention to Wagyu tartare, XO seafood, pork & scallops and the guava snow-egg. Still worth the hype.

The four eaux-de-vie with four double espresso made it a five hour meal while contributing to only 3 hours sleep. And I was thinking the two would balance themselves out. Schoolboy error.

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4 hours in Hanoi

November 30, 2013

Travelling on my own back to the UK in August I had chosen the budget option of Vietnam Airlines. I’d flown worse. The one bonus was a stopover in Hanoi on the return. There was no mucking around.

I took a taxi straight to Gia Truyen Pho, 49 Bat Dan Street. A whole in the wall kind of deal. The queue was reassuringly long. The pho was of course excellent.

It was followed by a decent coffee overlooking the lake, a giant turtle, motorbike taxi, a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & the bizarre national museum.

There was also a very heated argument with a taxi driver trying to charge me $50 for a 5 minute journey – I suggested calling the police. He called my bluff (smart move on his behalf – prospect of dodgy police etc.). We compromised on $15.

I finished at Cha Ca La Vong, 14 Cha Ca Street for some fish in oil and greens with surly service.

It was brief, but fun.

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St. John Bread & Wine, London

November 30, 2013

http://www.stjohngroup.uk.com
94-96 Commercial Street, London

A simple light lunch of the kind St.John can do so well – All good quality British ingredients with little fuss. Some of my favourite meals have been had here, grazing over three hours. This time it was
chickpea & cauliflower in a light curry dressing, pigs head ‘croquette’, followed by an awesome Eccles cake with Lancashire cheese. Done

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London Beer Festival, Olympia

November 30, 2013

It was a case of perfect timing – my week in London coinciding with this great annual event. I’ve been going for years. Our modus-operandi, start low strength, before building up to the heavyweights. Accelerated drunken-ness. No visit is complete without pork scratchings, pork pies and evil smells the morning after.

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The Ledbury (4), Notting Hill

November 14, 2013

http://www.theledbury.com

Another meal back at my London go-to in August. A meal for one – two half bottles, broth of grilled onions & curd with truffle toast, celeriac risotto, venison & cheese to finish (it’s hard to find good cheese in Australia). Decent

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The River Cafe, London

November 13, 2013

http://www.rivercafe.co.uk
Thames Wharf, Rainville Road

My Father’s 70th birthday in August and I was the surprise arranged by my dear mother. It was a perfect. A family meal on a warm summers day is when The River Cafe can’t be beat. Simple food of the highest quality:

Lobster pasta, wood-fired Dover Sole, homemade ice cream, chocolate nemesis with a lot of wine & banter.

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Medlar (2), London

November 13, 2013

http://www.medlarrestaurant.co.uk
438 Kings Road

London again…. An August week back in Blighty for a special guest appearance. Fresh off the plane (via Vietnam…), meeting Ben at the airport, a bit of culture at Tate Britain and then to lunch with my sisters.

Broad bean tagliatelle with truffle, followed by steak & chips. No complaints. Followed by a decent pint, dry white wine and a whitey at 9. A good day.

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Kiama

November 13, 2013

Our last meal ‘out’ before No.2

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Aria, Sydney

November 11, 2013

http://www.ariarestaurant.com
1 Macquarie Street

From May – There is clearly more to Aria than mashed potato, but it does have its own dedicated cook

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Hellenika Restaurant, Gold Coast

November 11, 2013

http://www.hellenika.com.au
2235 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach

We were babysitters for a February weekend in Gold Coast (really). I had even volunteered to take my 3 nephews to Wet ‘n’ Wild. We proceeded this horror with a very pleasant meal at Hellenika. Lamb shoulder for two, of course. I’ve only had better at Cumulus Inc. For the record I only lost two nephews for 20mins….

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