Archive for December, 2014

Supernormal, Melbourne

December 13, 2014

http://www.supernormal.net.au
180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

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Marque, Sydney (3)

December 13, 2014

http://www.marquerestaurant.com.au
4/5 355 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Another Friday lunch. Had my sister in tow this time. Excellent value. Always something interesting on the plate.

Salmon with seaweed, stout ice cream etc (not on the same dish)

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Chiswick, Woollahra

December 13, 2014

http://www.chiswickrestaurant.com.au
65 Ocean Street, Woollahra NSW 202

Did someone say ‘lifestyle’?
Food is pretty good, but it’s all about buzzy ambience, chicness and from-the-garden dining. Very eastern suburbs

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Seans Panaroma, Bondi

December 13, 2014

http://www.seanspanaroma.com.au
270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026

I used to think the north/south divide in London was big. It’s nothing compared to Sydney. Northern beaches dwellers don’t go to Bondi. So it’s only taken me 2 years to get round to going to Seans Panaroma (& 6mths to post this).

Many places can be accused of being style over function (Icebergs), but there are no fads here – simple big plate cooking – monster fagioli & clam soup, roast chicken, provencale lamb rump, creme brûlée. All excellent, though it should be for the bill.

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Ormeggio, ‘Mosman’ (2)

December 13, 2014

http://www.ormeggio.com.au

Our local since moving to Seaforth. Can’t complain. Perfect for a weekend lunch without the kids.

On the water views + tartare, Parsley risotto with oysters, flank, chocolate with salted caramel.

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Anis, Tokyo

December 12, 2014

http://restaurant-anis.jp/
1-9-7 Hatsudai, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Our final meal in Japan, so we go to a French restaurant. Go figure. Not really proud of myself, but in my defence it was excellent. Also I will go to any restaurant which is run by someone who’s worked at Arpege.

This is as good a modern french bistro you will find, anywhere. Superb ingredients as you expect in Japan, well thought out, great tasting food.

House made bread, tomato consommé with abalone, cod (with foam), succulent roast chicken, text book mille-fueille. Great value. Go

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Izakaya, Roppongi

December 12, 2014

Look, a salad! And pork belly (my choice). Good beer food. Good enough to forget where this place was… Near an intersection in Roppongi on a 2nd/3rd floor. That will narrow it down…

This is a post so uninformative it’s almost not worth posting. Sorry.

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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Tokyo

December 12, 2014

http://www.robuchon.jp/latelier-en
Roppongi, Tokyo

An opportunistic lunch. Not really planned. I’d come here 7 years previously on my first visit to Tokyo. So there was a bit of nostalgia.

Good classic french food with a touch of refinement. Enjoyable, but not really anything to write (home) about…

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Jimbocho Den, Tokyo

December 12, 2014

http://www.jimbochoden.com

This was an exceptional meal in every way. Hands down one of my favourite. Up there with L’Aperge & Michael Guerard. It wasn’t just the food, it was the service; utterly charming. A departure from the norm. It does make one think how formal ‘fine dining’ really needs to be.

9pm booking. Previous diners apologised for leaving a little late. Only in Japan. Counter service. Quiet, busy kitchen staffed by all women with the exception of head chef. Our waitress translated everything, made fun conversation, chose excellent (non expensive) beverage pairings.

Every dish had a story or a twist – something whimsical, local, but grounded in a serious ingredient(s). Everything was served with a smile and enthusiasm. It was infectious.

Not only did we get seconds of the excellent beef, we got a Den sticker to put on our phone… But of course. We even finished with photos with the chef & staff, at their request.

It goes without saying we left with smiles on our faces. And the food:

Foie gras sandwich with persimmon
Turtle soup with turnip
KFC – chicken wing with taro & truffle
Aged Yellowfin tuna with radish
Monkfish liver with rice (my favourite)
Eel & smoked soy skin
‘Salad’
Fugu with radish
Hokkaido beef with bamboo rice
Soil (again, but buckwheat this time)

It was also a relative bargain. Go.

In no particular order….(thanks wordpress)

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