The Cut Bar and Grill, The Rocks

I love steak and can never resist a good piece of steak, when my friend told me she wanted to shout me for my belated birthday dinner at The Cut Bar and Grill I was so excited! She said the 4 hours slow roast Wagyu was to die for, and it didn’t disappointed me at all. The restaurant is located at heart of the rocks right next to the Sake restaurant, parking there can be quite hectic so best to dine in early or catch a public transport.

I was a bit worried firstly because of deem lighting in the restaurant, which is greatest enemy of my food pictures. Thanks to my hubby who bought me a new Cannon EOS M and it behaved so well that even without flash, the picture still looks great! All the pictures in the post were taken by my new EOS M.

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Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $12 – $36
Main: $35 – $70
Dessert: $9 – $14
Degustation: N/A 10% surcharge for groups of 10+
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 10 mins – 15 mins
Booking time require: 3-4 days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 
1-The Cut Bar & Grill
 

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Prime beef tartare with melba toasts, $24

There wasn’t a lot of options on the menu, which is good and bad…  Sometimes less is better. I let my friend picked most of the dishes and she suggested to try the beef tartare. For someone who always like their steak to be cooked medium suddenly was offered to try raw beef could be a bit too adventurous for me, but it wasn’t that bad after all! It was chewy at the start and slowly melts in your mouth, you eat it with the different spices and condiments which I believed were capers, fresh herbs, pickle and Spanish onion.

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4 hour slow roast sher F1 Wagyu standing rib, standard cut 300g, $45

I was looking forward the most to try this piece of steak, it looks a bit too raw when the waiter brings us the dish, but when I cut it with my knife and try my first bite it was so delicious and tender, full of flavours and there was a lot of the juice on the plate to keep the meat moist. Both me and my friend ordered the same main course, both huge and we could barely finished half of it.

 

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Garlic mushrooms, $7

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Green bean, kipfler and tomato with soft duck egg and garlic croute, $9

I choose this salad because I’ve never tried a soft duck egg, it tasted slightly richer than chicken eggs and was a perfect match with the garlic croute.

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We would love to try the dessert but was just too full. There is always next time!

Service was awesome. They frequently checked on us but not too pushy. We dined for 3.5 hours but we were never rushed to finish our meal. The manager also gave us 2 glasses of complimentary champagne, I definitely hope to come back someday.

 

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Address:

16 Argyle St, The Rocks 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 12:00-15:00, 18:00-23:00

Ph:+612-9259-5695

website: www.cutbarandgrill.com/

Getting There:

Parking: Argyle St

Train Station: circular Quay

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Engagement & Christmas at Aria

It’s been more than 2 months since I last blogged. I am terribly sorry my lovely readers! I have been trying hard to write again but seems like finding time was the hardest thing on earth. Things was crazy and multiple things happening at the same time, also my laziness made things even worse =(

Allow me to explain some of the things that happened. Well, firstly and most importantly, I got engaged! Yay! And prior do that JC moved house so meaning lots of packing and unpacking happened during the past months. It was a huge exercise for us because he has been living in the old place for 4 years so you can imagine how many junks there were, some are still remain untouched now and safely sitting in the balcony hehe.

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So yeah, back to engagement bit, on August 6th it was on our 2nd year anniversary of dating, we planned to go to Quarter 21 for dinner to celebrate this special day. But because of the sad news about my grandpa, the dinner didn’t eventuate and postponed to September after I came back from Hong Kong. The poor JC even booked a hotel room and was planning to give me a pleasant surprise but that part of the plan was ruin…. Anyway…

On the day, we went out to the city spent the day doing some shopping. He suggested to go to observatory towel as he has never been there, I immediately rejected the idea because I thought it was a bit of a waste of money (I’ve officially ruined the first proposal plan A), then it’s finally our booking time for dinner, nothing happened during the dinner as JC thought proposing in the restaurant was too ordinary (Plan B didn’t happen). And then, after dinner we walked back to Pyrmont where we parked our car, he suggested to take a monorail as it’s getting late. Luckily, I said yes (or else I will ruin the Plan C) as my feet hurts as a result of all the walking today.

Up to here, you can pretty much guess what happened! In the monorail, only two of us in one carriage, things started getting weird, JC started talking about relationship and the time we have been together in a not so fluent Chinese…one knee on the floor with a ring in his hands, and me burst out laughing but happy and shocked at the same time, he proclaim his love for me and was asking me to marry him. Of course I said yes and we are getting married in May =)

So you see, I was absent from blogging for a good reason. To make up my bad, I promise I will try my best to keep blogging for good restaurants and recipes. As you know, Christmas is coming, I would love to share some of my favourite dishes I tasted in Aria during my work Christmas party last week. If you have followed my older post, I have been to Aria in June and it didn’t disappointed me, food is still amazing.

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We were given three choices for Entrée, main & dessert, it was a clear choice because I’ve tried some of the things on menu in the last visit.

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Oyster – freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters served with mignonette dressing

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Pork Belly – Kurobuta sweet pork belly with pork croquette and caramelised apple

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Barramundi – Crisp skinned fillet with grilled cuttlefish, apple, green olives and a horseradish sauce

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Lamb – roasted lamb fillet with ricotta gnocchi, pumpkin and mustard fruit puree and a sage and balsamic sauce

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Apple and almond crumble – calvados ice-cream, caramelised apple, almond crumble and apple sorbet

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Cheesecake – strawberry cheesecake with strawberry sorbet

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Chocolate delice – chocolate delice with raspberries and vanilla ice-cream

The best thing for me was the crispy pork belly and barramundi, it was cooked perfectly with a nice crispy skin. The dishes were in reasonable size and I can still fit dessert without feeling overly bloated.

Have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year guys ! XOXO

 

 

 

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Aria Restaurant, Circular Quay

 

If you follow this season’s Master Chef, you will notice Matt Moran was one of the guest judges on the judge panel. I was over the moon when I heard that our business partner BTIG is bringing us to Aria restaurant located opposite of the opera house for lunch. The whole time during one of the pressure test, where contestants have to recreate Matt Moran’s duck consommé dish with abalone, I would rave about how creative it is to have a dish that has Asian influence but in a form of soup that made by a non-Asian chef.

Ratings
Food: 8/10
Atmosphere: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $36 – $42
Main: $44 – $56
Dessert: $24 – $28
Degustation: $160-$176 (w/o wine), $260-$286 (w/wine)
Corkage: No BYO, fully licensed
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 2-3 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: No

 

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When we first walked in, the receptionist greeted with a friendly smile and took us to the table. The restaurant was very “corporate” style, I wouldn’t say it’s a very nice décor and most people were having a business lunch as you can tell by their corporate attire. We were given a seated close to the window with fabulous views of Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

We decided to go for the 2 courses for $68. As much as I would love to try the dessert too but I think my little stomach will struggle a little bit.

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A complimentary amuse bouche is served to us to start off, it is a wild mushroom and asparagus soup. Although I am not a big fan of asparagus but I couldn’t taste any of it, but instead I can taste a dash of sweetness that came from the mushroom.

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Peaking duck consommé with duck dumplings, shaved abalone and mushrooms

As mentioned before, how can I go pass a dish that has been feature in a Master Chef pressure test? So I opted for the duck consommé. The bowl came out to the table covered and once it is placed in front of me the waiter lifted off the lid allowing the aroma to come through the nose. I can’t wait no more! First spoonful was boiling hot with intense flavours. Floating on the top was some coriander and herbs which further raise this soup to a whole new level. The dumplings itself was a bit soggy but overall was very nice. I wouldn’t consider this as a traditional Chinese dish because I’ve never taste anything like that before.

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Scallops – spiced and roasted with glazed witlof, pistachios, and dried apricots

Nadia ordered the scallops and she claim that it was cooked perfectly. I didn’t try this dish but from the look of it, I can tell the scallop was just cooked through with a nice brown surface.

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Truffled potato mash, $15

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Borlotti bean, cotechino sausage and rocket salad, $16

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Cured New Zealand salmon with kombu and earl great tea, yuzu tapioca and avocado puree

I never thought you could put a tea together with a salmon. But the presentation was very beautiful, almost too beautiful to eat. Down side was a bit small to feed a big eater.

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Pork Belly – Kurobuta sweet pork belly with pickled watermelon and crackling

Few other people ordered the pork belly, the skin looks perfectly crisp. At the end of the meal I noticed that most people left the watermelons on the plate unfinished.

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Braised beef cheek with red onion choucroutte, roasted chestnut and puff wild rice

I ordered the beef as the main. Despite that I was half full already but I still managed to finish the whole dish. Because it is just so good!! I didn’t know what purpose the puff wild rice served initially but after a bite of the meat I understand that the puff rice can lighten the richness of the sauce and offer some crunchiness to the dish. The meat itself was tender and fall off the bone.

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Barramundi – Crisp skinned fillet with grilled cuttlefish, apple, green olives and horseradish sauce

I rarely ordered fish as my main in a restaurant, purely because none of them impressed me but this one in Aria totally changed my view. It is very hard to cook a fish right but Aria did it. The fish was moist and juicy. It felt like it melts in the mouth. The skin was absolutely amazing and crispy.

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slow cooked lamb neck with a potato gratin, Chinese artichokes, nameko mushrooms and wild asparagus

All of the people on the table either order fish, beef or lamb. I didn’t get a taste of the lamb but it looks perfectly cook still with a little bit pink in the middle.

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Conclusion: Unbeatable location and excellent food. The service was impeccable, they gave us attention to our needs throughout the meal. I would definitely order the dessert next time when I come here because it looks absolutely delicious looking at the table next to us.

 

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Address:

1 Macquaire Street, Circular Quay 
opening hrs: Mon – Fri: 12:00 to 14:30, 17:30 to 23:00, Sat 17:00 to23:00, Sun 18:00 to 22:00 
Ph:+612-9252-2555
Web: www.ariarestaurant.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Macquarie Street, Pitt street 
By train: Circular Quay

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Meat and Wine co, Darling Harbour

www.themeatandwineco.com

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Service: 5/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15 – $25
Main: $30 – $50
Dessert: $10 – $15
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $30 per bottle
Cakeage: $30 per cake or they can organise it for $59 each

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Normal
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 2-3 Days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

 

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One thing I love about my job is I am always lucky enough to get invited to work lunches or dinners. Early this week, our broker from work was very kind to take us for an evening out. Being a food blogger, of course I have a duty to fulfilled which is to blog about the restaurant but was also assigned the task to pick the venue. It was not an easy task, not only I have to look at the environment, the price, the taste but also the type of food and dietary requirement for everyone.

Some of the challenge I had to face were:

– Nice décor

– Satisfy bunch of meat lovers

– No Indian or Japanese

– Spacious seat for 6 people and fully licensed restaurant

– In the City CBD

– No art on the plate

– 5 out of 6 are male , so meaning big portions and not much greens

Here are just only a few points to mentioned, to cut the story short, Meat & Wine co. is ideally located in darling harbour right next to IMAX, the view was great as we were sitting next to the window with a water view. The décor was gorgeous but lighting was a bit dark for my photograph purpose.

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Mixed Bread Platter – Garlic, Herb and Bruschetta, $20

This is the most expensive garlic bread and Bruschetta I’ve ever tasted but also one of the best one. It is different to other that I’ve tried because the bread is so crunchy and thick that feels like a brioche rather than an ordinary piece of bread. The Bruschetta was absolutely gorgeous with heaps of fresh herbs, tomato, feta and vingerette dressing. I know this is only an appetizer, but I’m happy to eat this as a main.

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Boerewors Skewer – Skewered and char-grilled traditional African mini beef sausages and onions. Served with pap (polenta) and BBQ relish, $27

Boerewors is a sausage, popular in South African cuisine. It is made from coarsely minced beef and spices such as coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg and cloves and is preserved with salt and vinegar. This is the first time I tried Boerewors, It was OK the inside was quite rich and dry. I’d still prefer a Chorizo thou.

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Portuguese Prawns – Succulent shelled prawns, pan-fried with golden eschalots and creamy Portuguese sauce. Served with steamed jasmine rice, $17

Prawns was served in a very Asian style with steam jasmine rice in the middle, the prawn alone was fresh and perfectly cooked but I just think the sauce doesn’t match the definition of “Portuguese”

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Chicken Wings – BBQ chicken wings served with blue cheese sauce, $13

I am a big sucker of chicken wing but also someone who hates blue cheese, it turns out the combination work out great! I can hardly taste the strong blue cheese taste. Meat itself was marinated with lots of sauce, moist, and falls off the bone with a really good flavor.

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Caesar Salad – Cos lettuce, egg, bacon and Parmigiano shavings tossed with our Chef’s traditional Caesar dressing and finished with crispy garlic croutons, $16

Surprise … Surprise… There is some green for the table and I absolutely adore this salad and do love the whole leaf salad presentation.

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Monte select (Grain-fed 120 days) Rib-eye 350g with mushroom sauce, $38

Toward the middle of the night, service was lacking and the order was messing up a bit. The Rib-eye was requested to be book medium but a lot of blood is on the surface. This was sent back and lucky it turn outs perfectly.

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Wagyu (Grain-fed 500 days) rib-eye 300g with mushroom sauce and mash, $59

Wagyu was requested to be cook in medium-rare but turn outs to be a medium, so we all thought this has been mixed up with the rib eye.

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Signature cut (Grain-fed 130 days) Monte gold fillet 250g char-grilled and served with mushroom and truffle butter, hand-cup chips and roasted vine ripened cherry tomato, $55

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Onion rings, $5

We ordered a serve of onion rings to share around the table, it was a disappointing one because the chef just literally fried the ring with a batter without putting too much seasoning or removing the onion skin.

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Yoghurt marinated lamb cutlets, flame-grilled and served with Mediterranean couscous (replace with mash), tomato and cucumber salsa and mint and coriander yoghurt, $36

I gave one extra point for the lamb because I don’t eat couscous and the waiter happily substituted it with the mash. Presentation wise was good and portions was generous. Someone was having fun with the kitchen grill and burnt my lamb, as you can see in the picture the meat was over burnt giving an unpleasant bitterness burnt taste. Also, I asked for a medium and it turn out to be a well done.

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Crème Brulee – Crème brulee infused with Madagascar vanilla bean. Served with strawberries and finished with a tuile biscuit, $12

I love crème brulee and still trying to find the best one in Sydney. No luck, the crème brulee in here is tasteless, the sugar crack was lovely and the strawberry and the sauce match it perfectly. Despite I can see a lot of vanilla bean in the crème but I didn’t taste any.

Conclusion: Good decor and environment, although I believe you can get better tasting steak that’s bigger and more reasonable priced elsewhere. On the positive side, the menu choices do provide diversity and food for the kids.  Bit let down on the service as the wait staff did not smile, everything seemed to be a hassle and not attentive.

 

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Address:

IMAX complex 31 Wheat Road, Darling harbour 
opening hrs: Sun – Thurs: 12:00 to 22:00, Fri – Sat: 12:00 to 23:00   
Ph:+612-9211-9888
Web: www.themeatandwineco.com

Getting There:

Parking: Kent Street or Pyrmont Bridge Rd 
By train: Town Hall Station

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Sergeants Mess, Chowder Bay

www.sergeantsmess.com.au

Ratings
Food: 6/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15 – $25
Main: $30 – $50
Dessert: $13 – 20
Degustation: 2 course $110, 3 course $135
Corkage: N/A
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Easy
Ease of finding the restaurant: Normal
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Quiet
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1 week – 5 week
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Ho Ho Ho! It’s this time of the year again – when you see me eating continuously everyday and celebrating the festive day with work colleagues and friends to different restaurants. My company have organised a lovely day out for us in Sergeants Mess in Chowder Bay for this Christmas. The restaurant is located on Chowder Bay road in the middle head Peninsula below Georges Heights, Mosman. It is owned and operated by Manuel Spinola, of the tea room Gunners Barracks and Dunbar House Watsons Bay.

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I must say this place is absolutely beautiful and natural because it is surrounded by National Park and waters. Prior to the sit down menu we were offer with canapés and drink. I can’t help but to keep taking pictures of the water view and the harbour.

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Sear king fish sashimi with seaweed in vinaigrette dressing

Fresh king fish lightly seared on the outside. The Vinaigrette dressing and seaweeds brought a subtle, clean and flesh flavours that enhanced the sweetness of the fish.

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Mini Lamb wellington

Not long after the best canapés of the night was served, super juicy and succulent lamb wellington wrap with buttery pastry. I even request the waiter to bring out more hehe

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finally here comes the alcohol

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Tuna and sultana crackers

The ordinary cracker suddenly became extraordinary with the hint of sweetness from sultana

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Vegetarian menu: Spiced chickpeas crepe, with brocollini and almonds

I got best seat of the day because I sat next to a girl who is vegetarian so I get to take pics of what she was eating as well as sitting opposite of another colleagues who ordered exactly the opposite as I did in an alternate serving menu.

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Vegetarian menu: Pan fried Gnocchi with tomato, eggplant and basil

Gnocchi looks very chewy but my colleague said it was lack of seasoning and wasn’t as good as expected.

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Vegetarian menu: Strawberry & raspberry tart with raspberry sorbet

This dessert looks like an art with fresh strawberries and a refreshing sorbet to welcome the summer

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Prawn Tortellini, grilled octopus, tomato and lemon dressing

This was the highlight of the night I reckon, Tortellini was visually attractive to start with. Pasta skin is cook to perfect with flavours bursting into my mouth after the first bite. Octopus was grill to a smoky finish and pair well with the tangy lemon dressing. I wish this was a main course size rather than an entrée.

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Red wine, tomato & Olive braised rabbit, potato gnocchi

Rabbit looks like it was perfectly cook with lots of fresh herbs.

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Char grilled scotch fillet, eschalot & green beans, béarnaise sauce

I love scotch fillet. The best out of all parts in a beef, this one was slightly undercooked still having lots of red in the middle. Looking at another table someone’s has an overcooked steak even though we weren’t given a choice of how we want our steak to be. Weird thing is my steak wasn’t cook on the top so I strongly believe it was cook in a whole then slice into piece afterward which wasn’t fitting into my liking.

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Pan fried pork fillet, celeriac puree, fennel, apple & sage salad

On the other hand, the pork maybe a better option with a silky smooth puree.

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Blueberry financier with vanilla ice cream

Love the shape of the financier, looks like an Egyptian pyramid.

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Chocolate mousse cake with frangelico & raspberry

This is not for the faint hearted, chocolate mousse was so rich that my heart almost clotted for a second. But then the raspberry was overly sour so I was like being toss around heaven and hell.

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Say cheese!

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Have a lovely Christmas and happy new year guys and eat your way through to New year!

 

Conclusion: Canapés and entrée was impressive but disappointed me a little bit in the main and dessert. Lovely ambience with great water view. Perfect for wedding or group functions.

 

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Address:

Chowder Bay Rd, Chowder Bay
opening hrs: by appointments  
Ph:+613-8978-9200
Web: www.sergeantsmess.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: parking outside of restaurant
By Water taxi: From circular quay to chowder bay wharf   

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Movida, Melbourne

www.movida.com.au
 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 6/10
Service: 6/10
Value: 6/10

Average Price
Entrée: $9 – $20
Main: $13 – $25
Dessert: $13 – 20
Degustation: N/A
Corkage: $7
Cakeage: N/A

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1 week – 5 week
Child friendly/High Chair: No

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Ok It’s time for Obesebaby to expand interstate, a good friend of mine said…A Recent weekend trip down to Melbourne. Me and JC did a huge research of our must visit and restaurants list to make use of our each day in Melbourne. Movida was one of the Spanish on our mind, especially after watching Master Chef 2 where my favourite Marion had her celebrity challenge against Movida’s chef and owner – Frank Camorra. The restaurant is hidden in a small lane way full of colourful graffiti. I couldn’t help but keep taking pictures and imaged how the challenge was and how they can fit two stoves in there.

Frank was born in Spain, raised in Australia and worked as a chef in his native country. At Movida he brings the taste of his homeland with a twisted of aussie fusion. Food in here are made with quality, every item you see on the menu is a per-piece price. But they are very rich and full of flavours. We didn’t book a table but arrived at 5.45pm to try our luck. We were already planning to go the Movida next door ( A bar style of Movida which also owns by Frank) if there was no seat available and amazingly we got a seat!

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The open kitchen catches your attention first, fire from the stove and activity from kitchen chefs demonstrated how busy this place is.

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Complimentary bread with olive oil

To start we were given warm complimentary bread, I believe they are sour dough and the one I like more was the one on the right which has a lightly char grill crust.

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Croquet – Fried silky croquette flavoured with Jamon and Egg, $4 each

Going through the menu was like a pain because we wanted to try many things but only have limited space in our stomach (as well as limited cash in the wallet), so we decided to go for 3 tapas and 2 mains, we were also told by the waiter that the size of a main is the size between an entree and main. So if you are a big eater prepare to break the bank. Our first tapas was croquet. The croquettes had a crunchy exterior and the blissfully smooth and creamy potato, Jamon and egg filling would equate to my definition of comfort food. Jamon FYI is certain types of dry-cured ham from Spain. It tasted like bacon indeed.

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Costilla con sobrasada – Roast lamb cutlet encased in a Catalan pork and paprika pate, $7.50 each

At first, looking at the lamb I said to myself, how come the meat is so puff up and round. After having my first bite I totally understand why! While having a little explosion in my taste bud, I can taste paprika, fresh herbs, garlic,  mint and plenty of other ingredients which encased into the lamb. The meat was slightly pink and cooked to perfection. I would love more of those!

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Monte Y Mar – Pork stuffed Calamari with squid ink dressing, $7 each

This are two fine piece of art on the plate, I can imagine how many works and no. of hour in kitchen was spent to prepare this dish. The slow cooked shredded marinated pork was very tender and taste a bit like tuna. Calamari was just cooked, the squid ink was mix together with vinaigrette which gave a dash of sourness to offset the rich pork flavours.

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Chorizo con guindillas – oven-roasted house made chorizo with mild pickled green peppers, $14.50

This is the least favourite dish out of the whole night, because the size was like an entree size and the chorizo is not those one that I’ve tasted in any Spanish restaurant. It was salty to start with and the stuffing has liver in it I believe because it taste very grany and powdery.

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Carrillera de buey – Slowly braised beef cheek in pedro ximenez on cauliflower puree, $19.50

This dish gave me the wow factor, despite its not so attractive looking. The beef cheek was so tender that it literally melted in my mouth and oh I can’t help to keep digging in for more. I am sure the beef was braised slowly for few hours to have such soft and smooth texture. I must say I am not a big fan of cauliflower but I absolutely love the puree!!!

Conclusion: I think the food in here is very unique and fusion, not like any of the Spanish restaurant in Australia. The highlight for me was definitely the beef cheek.The service was lacking toward the main course of the night as the restaurant got busier and busier. The meal cost the two of us $84 which I thought was acceptable although we are both not at our fullest.

 

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Address:

1 Hosier lane, Melbourne VIC
opening hrs: Mon – Sun 12:00 to late  
Ph:+613-9663-3038
Web: www.movida.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Flinders Lane
By Train: Flinders St Station  
By Tram:
Flindersinders St

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Golden Century, Sydney China Town

www.goldencentury.com.au
 

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Service: 7/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: $15 – $20
Main: $20 – $30, seafood over $100
Dessert: $2 – $5
Degustation: Banquet menu available from $38 to $60 p/p
Corkage: $5 p/p
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Extremely Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins – 20 mins
Booking time require: 1 – 2 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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Every winter I will always go to Golden Century at least once, simply because of the seasonal menu – lamb brisket hot pot. Lamb brisket hot pot is a traditional Cantonese food which a lot of us will eat during winter time. Lamb not only is high in protein, it can also promote blood circulation and helps strengthen capacity to keep out of the cold. Another thing I love there is the Pipi, it is prepared fresh and cooked to order.

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Complimentary pork and vegetables soup

This place is always packed, maybe because of the number of awards they have received in the past and it is listed on a lot of tourist guides. When you walk in it is almost like a multi-cultural day based on the different nationalities of people you see there.

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XO Sauce pipi, $65/kg

Pipi is one of my favourite seafood, it is tasty and pair well with XO sauce. The Pipi in Golden century are very fresh, medium sized and well clean, I did not taste any sands in it. Some of the background information for the non-Chinese readers, XO sauce is a popular Asian seasoning made with chillies and dried scallop, shrimp, onion and garlic.

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Lamb Brisket hot pot, $39.80

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The Lamb hot pot came with a plate of veges and a gas device, so from start to finish your meal is still boiling hot. I guess they adopted this idea from Chinese steam boat. The lamb were juicy and full of flavour, the soup base are full of lamb flavour which further lifted the sweetness of the meat. The green is not the normal bok choy or choy sum, it is call the Shingiku or Tang Ho which is commonly used in Korean style hot pot as well.

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Complimentary sponge cake and egg cracker

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Complimentary orange

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Complimentary sweet red bean soup

The service was impeccable, waitress are very attentive and even helped to cook our veges. After our main meals, we were absolutely stuffed, I was struggled to finish off the complimentary sweets and fruits.

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very complimentary wine list, the most expensive wine I spotted was over $20,000

Conclusion: Golden Century is located in the prime location of China town, make sure you book in advance because this place is popular. Don’t expect great service or ambience because these are not the things Golden century focus on. I recommend going in a group to make most of the fresh seafood and to try a vast variety of dishes.

 

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Address:

393-399 Sussex St, Sydney  
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 04:00 
Ph:+612-9212-3901
Web: www.goldencentury.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Kent St or Pitt St
By Train: Central or Townhall 
By Bus:

Takeru

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Golden Century Seafood on Urbanspoon

Café opera, InterContinental Hotel

www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: N/A
Dessert: N/A
High Tea: weekday: $40 P/Adult $20 P/Child, Weekend: $50 P/Adult $25 P/Child
Corkage: BYO Not allowed
Cakeage: $5 p/p

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Quiet
Waiting time for foods: 20 mins
Booking time require: 3 days – 4 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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My first time to a bridal shower and my first time experiencing high-tea in a grand hotel Thanks to Maria and Vicki and everybody else who have helped and organised this lovely high-tea gathering in Café Opera of InterContinental Hotel. On a Wednesday afternoon I have the privilege to have half day off work and attend this special day of Kamila – my lovely bride-to-be colleague. Make sure you come with an appetite because this is one superb high-tea with impeccable service.

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The waiters and waitresses were very formal and well presented. They were very attentive and offer us champagne to start with. Not long after, the 3 tier high tea stand arrived. There were HEAPS of foods! I came without having lunch but still couldn’t finish my shares at the end. To start, there were savoury bacon and onion quiches, ham and cheese sandwiches and mini beef pies at the bottom layer. The quiche was devine as the pastry was really buttery and a little bit flaky, the size is a bite size so I didn’t feel overly bloated. It was a great way to start the meal.

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Second layer was the sweet stuffs, mini macaroons, strawberry chocolates, chocolate mousse cake and mini connoli. The dessert was not overly sweet but however, was a bit dry and hard to chew. In fact, we packed away few boxes of dessert and take home.

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The top layer was the classic scones served with fresh cream and jam. I was so full that I didn’t try the scones but it looks a bit tough to bite. Seems like we didn’t have enough and soon again, 3 plates of crepes and waffles came out with syrup. I had half of the waffle with syrup but it was a bit disappointing given the inside is like a solid rock. Our teas arrive the end of our afternoon tea, we’re all completely full by the time we’ve eaten our portions, the crepes and waffle remained untouched.

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Conclusion: I had the great pleasure to attend the high tea in Café Opera that was organised by Maria & Vicki. The service was immaculate and I felt like I was treated like royalty. Staffs are friendly and helpful and even assisted in taking a group photo of us. Food wise, savoury are better than the sweets. What I love though is the high ceilings, beautiful lounge and quiet environment which allows us to talk freely without shouting across the table.

 

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Address:

Intercontinental Hotel Sydney 117 Macquarie Street  
opening hrs: Mon – Thu & Sun: 6:30 to 22:00, Fri – Sat: 6:30 to 22:30 
Ph:+612-9240-1396
Web: www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Getting There:

Parking: Elizabeth St  
By Train: Circular Quay Station  
By Bus:

circular quay

Map picture

Cafe Opera on Urbanspoon

Café opera, InterContinental Hotel

My first time to a bridal shower and my first time experiencing high-tea in a grand hotel Thanks to Maria and Vicki and everybody else who have helped and organised this lovely high-tea gathering in Café Opera of InterContinental Hotel. On a Wednesday afternoon I have the privilege to have half day off work and attend this special day of Kamila – my lovely bride-to-be colleague. Make sure you come with an appetite because this is one superb high-tea with impeccable service.

www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Ratings
Food: 7/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Value: 7/10

Average Price
Entrée: N/A
Main: N/A
Dessert: N/A
High Tea: weekday: $40 P/Adult $20 P/Child, Weekend: $50 P/Adult $25 P/Child
Corkage: BYO Not allowed
Cakeage: $5 p/p

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Easy
Brightness of restaurant: Bright
Noise Level: Quiet
Waiting time for foods: 20 mins
Booking time require: 3 days – 4 days
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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The waiters and waitresses were very formal and well presented. They were very attentive and offer us champagne to start with. Not long after, the 3 tier high tea stand arrived. There were HEAPS of foods! I came without having lunch but still couldn’t finish my shares at the end. To start, there were savoury bacon and onion quiches, ham and cheese sandwiches and mini beef pies at the bottom layer. The quiche was devine as the pastry was really buttery and a little bit flaky, the size is a bite size so I didn’t feel overly bloated. It was a great way to start the meal.

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Second layer was the sweet stuffs, mini macaroons, strawberry chocolates, chocolate mousse cake and mini connoli. The dessert was not overly sweet but however, was a bit dry and hard to chew. In fact, we packed away few boxes of dessert and take home.

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The top layer was the classic scones served with fresh cream and jam. I was so full that I didn’t try the scones but it looks a bit tough to bite. Seems like we didn’t have enough and soon again, 3 plates of crepes and waffles came out with syrup. I had half of the waffle with syrup but it was a bit disappointing given the inside is like a solid rock. Our teas arrive the end of our afternoon tea, we’re all completely full by the time we’ve eaten our portions, the crepes and waffle remained untouched.

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Conclusion: I had the great pleasure to attend the high tea in Café Opera that was organised by Maria & Vicki. The service was immaculate and I felt like I was treated like royalty. Staffs are friendly and helpful and even assisted in taking a group photo of us. Food wise, savoury are better than the sweets. What I love though is the high ceilings, beautiful lounge and quiet environment which allows us to talk freely without shouting across the table.

 

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Address:

Intercontinental Hotel Sydney 117 Macquarie Street  
opening hrs: Mon – Thu & Sun: 6:30 to 22:00, Fri – Sat: 6:30 to 22:30 
Ph:+612-9240-1396
Web: www.sydney.intercontinental.com

Getting There:

Parking: Elizabeth St  
By Train: Circular Quay Station  
By Bus:

circular quay

Map picture

Cafe Opera on Urbanspoon

Sean’s kitchen, Star City Casino Pyrmont (closed)

Happy 1st anniversary!! JC and I celebrated our 1st year anniversary last weekend. We spent about a month researching and deciding where to go on the special night, there was few options and Sean’s kitchen was on the list. We wanted to make use of the entertainment book and find a place that has good food and ambience. After reading some blogs and talking to JC’s sister who have recently just visited Sean’s Kitchen we have decided to give it a try!

www.seanskitchen.com.au

Ratings
Food: 9/10
Atmosphere: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Value: 8/10

Average Price
Entrée: $24 – $26
Main: $30 – $60
Dessert: $15 – $20
Degustation: Pre-theatre menu $50 for 2 courses or $65 for 3 course
Corkage: No BYO, Fully licensed restaurant
Cakeage: Free

Others
Ease of finding a car park: Hard
Ease of finding the restaurant: Hard
Brightness of restaurant: Dark
Noise Level: Noisy
Waiting time for foods: 15 mins
Booking time require: 3 Days – 1 week
Child friendly/High Chair: Yes

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The restaurant was so busy due to the pre-theatre menu they are offering, for those who are visiting the show it is not a huge walk between Lyrics theatre and the restaurant. I also think the price is very reasonable for such a quality food. You have an option of 2 courses for $50 or 3 courses for $65 (or order from A La Carte). Noted, you can still ask for the pre-theatre menu even if you are NOT going to watch the show. But make sure you book early in advance and arrive early because the place can become packed towards the dinner peak hours.

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Due to popular demand of a lot of my friends wanting to know my review about this restaurant I jumped the queue and post about Sean’s Kitchen first and (secretly) took a picture of the theatre menu.

2 courses $50

3 courses $65

ENTREES

Cream of smoked ocean trout & fennel soup, oyster fritter

Heirloom tomato salad, marinated feta, olives & basil

Oyster natural with lemon (6)

Smoked salmon, baby capers, gherkins, red onion and crème fraiche

Chicken liver Parfait, toasted brioche

MAIN

New Zealand king salmon, capsicum, sweet corn & broad bean casserole

Semolina gnocchi, Gorgonzola, celery & walnuts

3 Lamp chops (medium or well done), smoky eggplant, capers & parsley

Wagyu sausages, 5 cuts of Wagyu beef, savoy cabbage, heritage carrots & grain mustard

250 Angus Scotch fillet, potato puree, Portobello mushroom & veal jus

DESSERTS

Duck egg crema Catalan

Churros & warm chocolate sauce

Lemon tart & mandarin sorbet

Rhubarb cheesecake, walnut crumbs

Chef’s selection of cheese

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Complimentary warm bread

On arrival, we were welcomed warmly and send to our table, deem lighting, red and black theme, romantic and secluded, the waitress offer us with some complimentary warm bread, the bread is soft as sponge and the butter are smooth like silk. We can’t help but to keep asking for more…

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Cream of smoked ocean trout & fennel soup, oyster fritter

I seldom order oyster (I don’t eat raw oyster) nor smoked trout, knowing if it is not cook properly it can be very fishy & dry. But I decided to give this entrée a try because it is in a soup form and I love soup. Oysters are deep fried in fritter so can’t be that bad. And it turns out to be brilliant. The soup was poured in front of you but too bad I was in the ladies and missed the moment. But it was still nice and hot. First sip was so fresh and sweet. There were some small ocean trout pieces in the soup. They are seasons and cooked perfectly. The soup itself was little bit salty though but I mopped it up with the warm bread. Oyster was just cooked and batter was light and crisp.

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Chicken liver Parfait, toasted brioche

Parfait was really nice and beautifully presented in a glass, it was a rich and silky smooth one. It was so smooth that I believed it has passed through the sieve for at least 3 times. Besides making your own, I think it is really hard now to find a restaurant in Sydney that make nice Chicken liver Parfait. Brioche was so buttery and yummy too. Lucky I did 3 jogging sessions during the week to work off the calories.

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I need to show my face so you can see how big the steak was…

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250 Angus Scotch fillet, potato puree, Portobello mushroom & veal jus

I was especially excited about ordering the steak as my main and had been eyeing that in the menu for a long time. I have been reading a lot of good feedbacks about the premium cut of meat Sean’s have and can’t wait to try. I requested the steak to be cook medium and it came out exactly like how I wanted, pink in the middle and juicy inside. Little bit fat at the edge but not overly marbled. Potato puree was buttery and smooth. On the side I was given 4 sauces to compliment my steak they are: Tomato, garlic, French mustard & English mustard. Even the sauces are not ordinary like the tomato sauce you can see tomato pulp inside so everything must have been made fresh from the kitchen.

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Wagyu sausages, 5 cuts of Wagyu beef, savoy cabbage, heritage carrots & grain mustard

Sausages was full of flavours, sausages are made using coarsely ground prime wagyu beef and delicate blends of herbs and spices. The sausages itself was salty and the dish was lacking veggies, but overall it was good. There was a lot of mustard seed at the bottom which I found it annoying trying to pick those away.

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Duck Fat Chips, $9 

I know the name sounds scary but it was “disgustingly good”. The chips are cut by hand from potato as I can still see the potato skins on it. I am already salivating now thinking about it.

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Duck egg crema Catalan

Dessert time! I have been waiting the whole night to try their desserts. I ordered the Duck egg crema Catalan which is the Catalan name and version of the Fresh dessert, crème brulee. I give it 10/10 for this dessert because every spoonful was a sinful pleasure and it taste so smooth and rich. The vanilla beans at the bottom bring this dessert to a whole new level. Although I prefer the Crema Catalan to have a sugar crust rather than syrup but it still taste good.

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Lemon tart & mandarin sorbet

I love anything that is lemony, especially dessert. Lemon tart, sounds boring and simple but not this one! The lemon tart had a sugar crust on top (which compensate for the curst I was craving for a minute ago with the Crema Catalan) The lemon fillings was so damn smooth that it taste like a custard. Sorbet was refreshing and tangy. I would go back to Sean’s kitchen just for the dessert.

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Conclusion: Sean’s kitchen is truly amazing, everything here was perfect except it can get a bit noisy towards 7.30-8pm when all people arrived. Service was like a five stars hotel where waitress keeps coming to check on us making sure we are happy with the meals. Strongly recommend for the theatre menu because it is such a bargain. Do not order the cheesecake or Churros for desserts as I heard too many bad feedbacks about it.

Address:

Star city Casino, Level 2 Hotel Tower, 80 Pyrmont Street 
opening hrs: Mon – Sun: 12:00 to 15:00, 18:00 to 22:30 
Ph:+612-9777-9000
Web: www.seanskitchen.com.au

Getting There:

Parking: Harris St or Pyrmont St or Union St 
By Tram/Monarail: Casino / Harbour side  
By Bus:

cafe morso

Map picture

Sean's Kitchen on Urbanspoon

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