Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Let's Do Lunch - est.

When my friend asked me to join them for Let's Do Lunch at est., I quickly respond to it as "Yes". I just love this place so much. When I was there last time, I just fell in love with this place. I love their interior, the way they use columns, the high ceiling with patterns. 

I was there nice and early and the waiter send me to the bar area which I didn't go last time. Mellowing myself into the atmosphere and almost forgotten that I am meeting my friends there. 

When we were seated, we quickly ordered our food. The menu is crisp-skin aoraki salmon fillet, asparagus, shaved fennel, lemon vinaigrette. We didn't have to wait for long, our food came. May be this time they remember to serve us bread and I wasn't as hungry? ;)

 Crisp-Skin Aoraki Salmon Fillet, Asparagus, Shaved Fennel, Lemon Vinaigrette

The salmon skin is not as crispy as I thought it will be. But the salmon is cooked to perfection. I love the side more... the fennel with lemon vinaigrette is very refreshing. The asparagus is fresh and tasty. 

I was hoping to get myself a dessert but when I looked at the menu that the passion fruit souffle will require at least 20 minutes wait. I have to skip it, rather I opted for the petit four. 

 Petit Four

When it came out, it rather a petit six. It has six different kind of sweets. I just love every single piece of it!!! Now thinking when can I go there for a proper three course dinner?

Level 1
252 George Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone (02) 9240 3000

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mino, Mosman

I am very frustrating to find a restaurant which is open on Sunday! After searching and reading numerous reviews, I finally find this little restaurant at Mosman called Mino. This restaurant offers Kaiseki menu as well as A La Carte. According to Wikipedia, Kaiseki is a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner. I have eaten Kaiseki in Japan before and the presentation as well as the food itself is amazing! I have given this restaurant a go and never regretted it. We have chosen two different Kaiseki, Mino and Goshu.


We started off with amuse. 
 Steamed Prawns and Seaweed with Plum Dressing

Japanese Style Fried Scallop Ball with Prawn Bisque

Then followed by the appetizer.

Chef Selection of Sashimi, Sushi and Oyster

Chef Selection of Today's Sashimi

It then followed by the Sashimi and Sushi.
Grilled Barramundi with Miso Sauce; Seared Kingfish and Slow Cooked White Radish with Japanese Yuzu Pepper; Asparagus and Duck Tempura with Miso and Blue Cheese Sauce

Buckwheat Soba Soup with Duck Mince Ball; Seared Scallop and Prawns; Grilled Kingfish and Shimeji Mushroom with Ginger and Soy Sauce-Mayonnaise in Foil
Then assorted entree either in 4 different with Mino or 5 different with Goshu.

Sukiyaki Hotpot (Wagyu Beef)

Grilled Duck Breast with Japanese Style Tomato Sauce

Finally our mains. There is around 12 to choose from Mino menu or 18 from Goshu. 

Seasonal Fruit, Dessert and My Choice of Ice Cream

Cannot complete a meal without dessert. We had a big smile and entertained for a good 2 hours. 

Mino Japanese Restaurant
521 Millitary Road
Mosman NSW
02 9960 3351

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Let's Do Lunch - ARIA Restaurant

We keep our Let's Do Lunch event going and this time we went to ARIA Restaurant. When I walked past other tables, I saw majority of the patrons were having what I am there for. :D


Once they took our orders, they serve us the amuse. As I didnt hear what this is, but it tastes like V8 juice! :p

May be they were very busy, after they took our orders, the bread did not even come. We have to ask for it when they serve us the main. 

 Roasted Barramundi with Crab & Pea Risotto

The main course is roasted barramundi with crab and pea risotto. They have roasted a crispy barramundi skin. Oh no, again I like the skin! :O Since I am not a big fan of barramundi, but they are good that I can't taste the muddy taste. 

 Green Bean and Pear Salad with Walnuts and Roquefort

I have also ordered the side green bean and pear salad with walnuts and roquefort. The green bean is cover with the strong blue cheese taste. It balances off with the pear and walnut. I just love it!

As I have to rush back to office again, I missed out the tea or coffee and the dessert. Since today is my collegue's birthday, there is birthday celebration and I had a cup cake and make myself a cup coffee to finish off. 

ARIA Restaurant
1 Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9252 2555