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Sydney - 13 Days

Thanks, my trip is in mid May. I actually read the news via twitter but can always visit the Melbourne location if the Sydney location hasn't reopened.

Apr 03, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Hi PhilD

Thanks for the clarification re Sepia's menu. We were planning to go with the degustation regardless. Re wine, we'll probably ask the som to match a few courses with some local wines. I'm not hellbent on trying to force my agenda on anyone, let alone a somm's carefully curated wine program so I'm confident we can come to some sort of compromise.

I'm both interested as well as a bit leery of Ms. G's menu for the reasons you described but still plan on visiting. Seems like TOYS hasn't done a function in 2013 so their status is unknown to me, though I still like the concept.

It appears from their website that Chat Thai accepts bookings which is very appealing to me. Unsure if Spice is still BYO, wine list and cocktails may mean no?

I didn't mean any disrespect to the food at Fix, but I've read about some connection between the chefs at Sixpenny and Oscillate Wildly. Also, I was interested to know people's opinion of OW since Karl Firla took over.

Each new review of Rockpool on George looks better and better...

Thanks for the endorsement of Fish Shop and chef Strode and the Fish and Chips by Fish Face rec.

Mar 11, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Thanks for the comments. Seems like the itinerary is really coming together but opinions are always welcome.

Sepia - Tuesday dinner reservations made. Anyone know if the degustation menu served in weekdays is different from the one served on weekends? Website seemed to indicate this and I'd prefer to avoid a "conservative" menu. Another concern relates to wine pairings. Read another hound was given trouble from the sommelier after requesting wines from AUS/New Zealand (which I plan on doing). Hopefully a restaurant of this caliber can come to some sort of compromise.

Porteño - we both like offal and sweetbreads so we will definitely ask about their availability. Tempted to order half suckling pig-half lamb but would I be missing much is we passed on their beef? Only ask due to the restaurant's Argentinean theme. Also, besides helping pass wait times, is Gardel's Bar worth visiting or would I be better off going to Eau de Vie for a nightcap?

Ms G's - despite some signature items which always seem to remain, the menu appears to have a fair amount of turnover. Not sure when you visited Ssam Bar but it's changed quite a bit with a focus now on rotisserie duck and just this week the return of ssam wraps. IMO it hasn't been the same since Tien Ho left the Momofuku group.

Chat Thai - appreciate the heads up about the cramped heretic pace. As long as the food is good we won't mind. We are quite used to eating in all types of environments including mall food courts and sharing communal tables at many Chinese/Korean restaurants.

Nomad - Sasi's CV looks so good (Rockpool, Dinner, Husk) and the restaurant's vegetable forward - house made ethos with a heavy emphasis on fermentation and charcuterie is extremely appealing to me, hope the place keeps improving.

Fix St James - originally intended as one of two solo dinners (Cafe Paci being the other) I'm now considering swapping this meal with a solo go at Oscillate Wildly. Apparent value aside, this seems like another up-and-coming restaurant in Sydney. Would be very interested in comparing this to Sixpenny and would be very interested in anyone's experiences here.

Cafe Paci - solo dinner reservation made. Thanks for the advice to go with the wine pairings. I'm thinking of contacting them to see if they'd let me supplement (for a fee of course) one of his beer-blood-rye waffles which look fantastic.

Quay - not much to say here other than I've read Gilmore say they are removing their signature eight texture chocolate cake. I'll be contacting them to see if I could supplement this onto our degustation.

Rockpool B&G - thanks for the advice, seems like an excellent idea for comparisons sake. I actually recommend this to burger fans on their first visit to Minetta Tavern.

Fish Shop - seems like a stupid question but how are their fish and chips? I've actually read more about tier burger than fish. Between Mary's, Rockpool and possibly Chur Burger I'm not going to do another.

Finally, saw a nice review on Rockpool proper. Anyone been to since the move to Bridge St? Love the idea of canapés followed by a choice and am quite interested in Chef Wood's food but not sure I can justify another expensive degustation...

Finally, anyone familiar with TOYS? Incredible concept, wished young chefs in NYC ha something similar. Their members as well as alumni are some heavy hitters in the industry.

Mar 07, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Thanks for the info regarding seating. Weather pending, we were planning on ordering two rolls and share a box of crackling (how can one visit and not indulge) take away and eating nearby. Coincidentally, I used to live nearby so it will be nice to revisit.

Feb 07, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

I'm still lisenced but don't actively practice. That is interesting though. Lived across from Hyde Park and walked to work, needless to say I'm very excited about this trip.

Feb 07, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Interesting...our lunch is at 1 PM, so with we may try asking for a later booking or try our luck at the bar. Though that begs the question, do most restaurants serve full menus at bars? It's fairly common here in NYC but only now occurred to me to ask.

Feb 06, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Thanks, I hope some of my notes will provide useful for your trip.

This will actually be my second time to Australia but my wife's first. I lived in SYD and worked for Clayton Utz after my first year of law school but sadly never visited MEL. We are visiting for a friend's wedding (SYD) and convinced her to stretch the out the trip for a proper holiday. Can't wait to see how much has changed since I was there last in 2007!

Feb 06, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Thanks. Will do my best to report back. Been getting some great information on this board.

Feb 06, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Also can anyone help me decsipher what Melbourne restaurants mean when they list closing times as "late?"

Restaurants and bars in NYC can serve until 4 AM, so while I doubt it means that when does Melbourne wind down? The general consensus I've seen is 11 PM which is quite early even by Chicago or San Francisco standards. Also, if it does mean 11 does the restaurant stop serving until 11 or closes by 11? That does make a difference we were hoping for a late night meal after a degustation lunch at Brae. Are there outliers to this general 11 PM rule? Korean restaurants tend to stay open late everywhere in the world.

I'm also assuming Sydney is different as I know Chat Thai serves supper until 2 AM and some Korean restaurants list 3 AM as closing time.

Feb 05, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Thanks for the update, this may change things and prompt us to visit Hardware Societe over The Grain Store.

Feb 05, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Interested in Northern Light and Lee Ho Fook because they look interesting and we like that style of food. Chefs from both have experience in good kitchens and and offer modern Asian food at reasonable prices IMO. Both menus have little over the $25 price point and while it is shareable small plates it does offer flexibility to try more dishes.

I misspoke unthread and do apologize. We are planning on hiring a car for the day to visit Brae. Your comments were particularly helpful regarding the train schedules which wouldn't work without staying over.

Feb 05, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Interesting comments re VdM. I tend to agree with Mr G's comments regarding the food being more in line "European" Michelin food. However, that's not entirely a turnoff for my wife and I, provided that the ingredients are of the highest quality and expertly executed.

Ultimately I think we'll keep the VdM reservation. I'm interested in Shannon Bennett's cuisine and it looks highly interactive.

We had chosen Brae and Attica as our MEL foray into fine dining utilizing native ingredients and cooking techniques. VdM's menus have features ingredients such as: wallaby, maron, Australian Wagyu. Perhaps it will be a good comparison to our meal at Quay in SYD.

My main issue with Estelle and Saint Crispin is the two turns reservation system they have in place. I've read reviews by patrons that weren't allowed a full degustation due to time constraints which at that price point is off putting. I understand the economics of restaurants and how vital turning a table is and applaud them for being so transparent about it but would prefer a more relaxed atmosphere (hence the later booking time at VdM).

Between the Café Paci pop up and degustation at Sixpenny we hope to experience a wider range of foods, but really do appreciate and understand your opinion Mr G.

Feb 05, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Thanks for the café suggestions but think we'll pass.

Correct me if I'm wrong but Hardware Societe is still closed due to fire damage it incurred in Nov-Dec. I originally preferred their menu to The Grain Store's but haven't read anything indicating that it's been reopened.

Bowery to Williamsburg is a trip to the Lower East Side for us New Yorkers only with better renditions of these foods. While I could see the appeal of this food to Australians we'll stay with the more unique brunch offerings.

Feb 05, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

So after some great feedback and suggestions by you guys I think my revised itinerary looks like this:

Dinners - 5:
- Town Mouse
- Attica (Booked)
- Northern Light
- Vue de Monde (Booked)
- Rumi (Booked)

Lunch - 4:
- Brae
- Cumulus Inc
- D.O.C.
- Lee Ho Fook

Cafés/Coffee - 4:
- Chez Dre and Padre
- The Grain Store and Patricia
- Top Paddock
- Auction Rooms

Dessert:
- Gelato Messina
- Gelato Primavera at Spring St Grocer
- N2 Extreme Gelato

Cocktails:
- Black Pearl
- The Everleigh
- Lui Bar since we have an 8:45 res at VdM

Thoughts?

Feb 04, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

So Gumption looks pretty great. Even better with their connection to Coffee Alchemy and the fact that it's about a minute walk from our hotel and open on the weekends!

Yeah we're well aware of David Chang's Momo Seibo in Sydney and while we're fans of Mr. Chang's food and have read nice things about Chef Greeno we have no interest in visiting during this trip. We've had dinner and lunch at Ko (lunch is actually the longer/more expensive meal here) and like Ssam and Noodle. Interestingly, I find his ramen awful, not bad, but awful as the Benton's ham he uses for his "bacon dashi" is over smoked and way too salty. Also I find the desserts at Milk Bar so cloyingly sweet they actually make my teeth hurt.

Has anyone visited fish mongers for their fish and chips? It may seem an odd request but outside A Salt and Battery I haven't had a proper fish and chips in the US.

Feb 04, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Thanks. Will most likely visit Campos in Newtown after Black Star Pastry. The caffeine will probably be good after the strawberry watermelon cake and a pie.

So I was thinking of trying Chat Thai late night for supper as their website says they are open until 2 AM. While we won't be visiting at 2, we wanted a good late dinner option since we will be having a degustation at Quay for lunch. Also, their website mentions they take bookings during on weekdays. Our Quay booking is for Wed so I'm thinking this might be useful?

Feb 04, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

So we do enjoy coffee but to an extent. We won't be hiring a car and will likely stay close to the cafés we plan on eating at. My thoughts:

CBD
- The Grain Store to eat, Patricia for coffee

North Melbourne
- Auction Rooms for food and coffee

South Melbourne
- Chez Dre for food and either Padre or St Ali for coffee

Richmond
- Top Paddock for food and coffee

Also, planning on getting a mykki card but are there any good free phone asp for trams? Trying to get my head around navigating Melbourne and smartphone apps are very convenient.

Feb 04, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Thanks again to everyone their comments. They've been pretty helpful and based on them and our schedule our revised itinerary looks like this:

Dinner:
- Sepia
- Porteño
- Billy Kwong
- Ms. G's
- Moon Park
- Chat Thai (Thai Town)
- Spice I Am (Surry Hills)
- Nomad
- Fix St James (solo meal)
- Cafe Paci (solo meal)

Lunch:
- Quay
- Sixpenny
- Mamak
- Fish Place
- Rockpool B & G (Bar Area)
- Spice Temple
- Din Tai Fung
- Mr. Crackles
- Marque (Fri Prix Fixe)
- Ramen Ikkyu (solo meal)

Cafés/Bakeries:
- FourateFive
- Devon Cafe
- Bourke St Bakery
- Black Star Pastry
- Flour and Stone

Dessert:
- Gelato Messina
- N2 Extreme Gelato

Drinks:
- Eau de Vie
- Love Tilly Devine
- Bulletin Place

Questions:
- bit of a loaded question but what are some of your favorite fish and chip spots? Fish Place seems to offer a good beer battered and smoked option despite not being on the water
- For those that have been to both Nomad over Ester? Nomad's approach to food seems very in line with our tastes
- Thinking maybe Three Blue Ducks if we visit Bondi?
- Good CBD coffee options?

Thanks again and keep the comments coming.

Feb 03, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Thanks pchang very insightful feedback.

- Looks like we might skip Lucio Pizza after all. Crusts have looked too blonde for our tastes and your feedback with knowledge of Kesté and Motorino provide excellent reference points. We will get our pizza fix at D.O.C. in Melbourne
- Ms. G's is one of our Sunday choices which may prove useful considering the popularity/waits at this restaurant. Menu looks interesting and reminds me of a less ambitious Momofuku Ssam Bar in a tongue-in-cheek way
- We plan on dining exclusively at the bar area for Rockpool B & G. Burger, chips or onion rings and perhaps a pavlova for dessert. Not too interested in their other food
- Haven't travelled to Malaysia or Singapore (yet), but was interested in the roti which they do fresh. Good to know about their other food and will order accordingly
- I've only visited the DTF locations in Hong Kong and Seoul. Both were above average, especially for a chain. My wife hasn't been before but is curious, we like XLB and if you crave some on your next visit to NYC I highly recommend Nan Xiang Xao Long Bao in Flushing which is our go-to spot
- Have now moved Chat Thai and Spice I Am (SH location) into dinner spots and dropped Longrain. Have been to Zaab Elee but not Somtum Der, also Pok Pok is doing Isaan style Thai food here in NYC/Brooklyn
- Thanks for the ramen info. My wife and I much prefer the chicken paitan broth at Ramen Totto to the rich tonkotsu of Ippudo here in NYC so we will probably try Ramen Ikkyu instead of Gumshara
- Will probably keep FourateFive and Devon Cafe, and could hit up Mary's in Newtown for Sunday lunch for their burger and fried chicken. The Med-menu at Kepos St Kitchen is interesting but Redfern seems like a haul especially for breakfast/brunch
- Thanks for the heads up on Gumption after looking at beanhunter's Sydney list and running it against our hotel's location we are nearby: Vella Nero, Klink, Pablo & Rusty's, Workshop Espresso and Mecca Espresso. Any suggestions for those?
- In addition to Bourke St Bakery and Black Star Pastry want to try Flour and Stone's panna cotta lamington and fine apple tart

Feb 03, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Does The Finger Lakes area have ANY good restaurants?

Knowing your tastes you will be out of luck. Nothing really qualifying as fine dining in this area.

Been to Suzanne's which was nominated for a Beard award but was underwhelmed. While casual I stand by Dano's as having the best food in the area.

Jan 30, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in New York State (exc. NYC)

Does The Finger Lakes area have ANY good restaurants?

Charles, recognize you from the Hong Kong and NYC forums. Totally agree with 4Snisl's suggestion of Dano's. If open, probably the best restaurant to fit your party's needs. Most of the restaurants around the Finger Lakes will have seasonal hours during the winter.

Alternatively you might try Ithaca. Just a Taste is a tapas bar that's quite popular.

Jan 30, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in New York State (exc. NYC)

Sydney - 13 Days

Spice Temple looks good, if not a bit pricey, but is expected from a Neil Perry restaurant. Looks like we will visit the SYD location as we have more meals to play with there.

Any idea if Cumulus or other restaurants regularly carry angasi oysters which are similar to the Belon from France? Not a huge deal as both my wife and I enjoy oysters in general but thought I'd ask as they aren't commonly found in the USA.

Jan 30, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Haha suspected that much. Most of the negative reviews came from eatability and tripadvisor which I know to take with a very TINY grain of salt but I thought it worth asking anyways.

Honestly, if the food is good and the service is professional I'm fine with that. I feel many Americans get too worked up over service, and despite the living wage/tipping differences between the countries I think here in the US we associate friendly with proper service. While I agree that a smile can go a long ways, sometimes service here becomes so friendly it becomes awkward and feels phony (Ahem Eleven Madison Park).

Jan 29, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Rochester - anything great?

Thanks for the two suggestions. I've read but haven't been to Lucano. It seems a bit more upscale than most of the other Italian-American restaurants found throughout Rochester. That said, have you been to Rocco's? For all of its praise, I thought it merely average with a strong lack of regional identity on the menu. It's not bad per se, but considering the hassle for a table it hardly seems worthwhile. I should point out that I've been only once. For what it's worth, I do like Chef Martello's handmade pastas. I understand the restaurant gets a bit noisy but I suppose it never has bugged me coming from NYC.

Indy, have you been to Cure? Odd location near the public market (Java's) but I had a pretty poor experience there, and chef Martello was in the kitchen. Just wondering if you or anyone else had good experiences.

Never heard of Shui Asian Fushion. If you don't mind me asking what about it makes it one of the best Thai restaurants you've eaten at in the US? Menu seems interesting if not varied by cuisine.

Has anyone been to Fiamma on Buffalo road? Read that they were making Neopolitan style pizzas but was pretty disappointed on my one visit. I really like this style of pizza and this is one of a kind in Rochester as far as I know. Any recent experiences?

Also read decent things about Amaya, an Indian restaurant in Brighton. Anyone know if it's good?

Sadly, at least to me, it seems nothing particularly interesting or fine dining exists in Rochester. I had hopes for Warfield's but it had an awful location, uneven kitchen and ultimately closed. Black and Blue and other chop houses only offer USDA prime beef sparingly which is particularly appalling for the prices they charge. You'd be far better off going to Wegman's buying prime bone in rib roast at $25.99/lb. over the $40-50 choice steak they are offering to go along with their frozen crab legs. I'm not trying to single out a particular establishment but rather lament in general about the lack of fine dining or even interesting dining options in Rochester. You'd think with all of the international and diverse people thanks to the colleges that we'd have some better "ethnic" options.

SEA offers passable pho but is run by Thai people. The Korean options are lacking as well as the Chinese and Japanese restaurants. The best bets are Eastern European like Swan or Rio Tomatlan or Rheinblick in Canandaigua.

Is interesting food just not in the cards for Rochester? I hope I'm wrong and I know I'm being hyperbolic, but it pains me each and every time income home and visit family that for better or worse I'm better off cooking each night. I'd love to hear from other hounds, even to tell me I'm full of it in order to facilitate discussion. If there are hidden gems, and no doubt I bet there are, I want to hear about them.

Sorry to hijack the thread josephnl but I do think it might turn up some useful info.

Jan 29, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in New York State (exc. NYC)

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Haha, thanks for the opinions regarding Huxtaburger. Still may try if in the area and we crave a burger.

Seems similar to people here and the lovefest for In-n-out burger which is a superior fast food (thin gridded style patty) burger but nothing destination worthy. Then again we like Shake Shake (not destination worthy either but satisfying) and Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger if looking to treat ourselves.

Jan 29, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

I know it's a MEL institution but why is Stasio so polarizing? Gruff service, small portions and high prices tend to dominate negative reviews. Tourist bias?

While nowhere near as good or formal as Stasio, I've seen rather good things about DOC Espresso's housemade pastas. Good for an informal but satisfying autumn lunch?

Jan 29, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Wow, thanks for the detailed reply, very appreciated.

- We will probably book a meal at Spice Temple. Melbourne hounds were a bit down on Dainty Sichuan and we were looking for something to complement our meal at Billy Kwong. Aside from what's already been recommended, any other ST suggestions?

- I've been very interested in Rockpool but will probably pass as we are limiting the amount of high end meals this trip. But Phil Wood's food does look fantastic and the new menu format is very intriguing.

- Will skip Movida, as we can visit the Melbourne location if we absolutely crave tapas.

- Planning on degustations at Quay, Sixpenny and Sepia as well as the prix fixe menus at Cafe Paci and Marque for the Friday Lunch. Have done multiple extended or supplemented degustations at similar restaurants, especially if we are very interested in a chef's cuisine.

- We're by no means burger aficionados but are interested in one with so much hype. Between Minetta's and Shake Shake we like all types but ultimately (like all food) it comes down to subjective taste and preference.

- Regarding AUS produce I would totally agree that you have superior product (hope I don't infer otherwise). I've also spent half a year living/working in Japan and felt similarly. That said a few specific questions re AUS product:

I know Blackmore Wagyu is all the well known but Australian's want grass fed and/or dry aged beef?

I plead total ignorance but I thought NZ lamb was more popular, at least it is on our menus (though I was served Colorado lamb at Otto e Mezzo in HK). That's why I asked about Moran's lamb as it was featured on Bourdain.

Does AUS have a poultry equivalent to France's poulet Bressé?

Does AUS have a breed similar Mangolista, or is Kurabuto/Iberico the best I can hope for?

How is Biota? Is it analogous to Blue Hill Stone Barns? That is one of our favorite restaurants as are other ingredient-driven places.

I visited SYD fish market once but aside from cheap oysters I was largely unimpressed as much of the seafood (prepared) was pre-fried or covered in thick Mornay sauce. I marvel at your oysters and was wondering if I should look out for other AUS specific seafood such as NZ scampi, WA maron, Morton Bay Bugs, etc. I suppose Flying Fish is SYD's best seafood restaurant? We prefer our seafood simply prepared but the best quality like Elkano in Spain over say Le Bernardin in New York.

- I've read AUS cannot import unpasteurized cheese. If this is correct then it will never compare to Europe, no offense, we have the same problem here! That said, are there any special AUS cheeses I should know about?

- I might pass on Italian as we plan on visiting Lucio here and DOC/Cafe di Stasio in MEL. But I'll still look at Vini and Berta.

- Will also probably skip Japanese in AUS. Haven't seen/read anything that's very convincing. I'm not sure what you've read but NYC has some excellent Japanese food. Between multiple sushi places (Masa), kaiseki (Kyo Ya), yakitori (Tori Shin) and even shojin (Kajitsu) cuisine, outside of Japan we have plenty. On a similar note, why does Australia love salmon? Especially in Japanese food it's not a highly regarded fish. I know it's not Europe but what fish types should I seek out in the same vein as wild Turbot or Sole? Whiting, Travola, Blue Eye seem to be popular discounting ocean trout, barramundi and kingfish?

- We hope to learn and taste plenty of AUS wine on this trip. Outside of Shiraz and some Rieslings most restaurants don't feature that much if your wines. Also, we tend to stick to old world wines (need to change) so any additional wine info is welcome.

Jan 29, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Melbourne Advice - 5 Days

Thanks again for the help. Assuming I get a reservation for Attica my revised itinerary looks like this:

Dinner:
- Attica
- Vue de Monde
- The Town Mouse/St Crispin
- Rumi (Sunday)

Lunch:
- Brae
- D.O.C. Pizza and Mozzarella/Cafe di Stasio
- Cumulus Inc

Cafés:
- Hardware Society
- The Grain Store
- Chez Dre
- Auction Rooms or Twenty and Six Espresso
- Top Paddock or Three Bags Full

Cocktails:
- The Black Pearl
- The Everleigh

Gelato/Dessert:
- Gelato Messina
- Spring St Grocer

Seeing how Brae will take a whole day we probably won't get to eat at all of these places. While certainly not a destination Huxtaburger looks like a good "fast food" style burger and would be a possible option depending on the circumstances.

Anyone with experience with Attica know how possible accommodating they are. Noticed current menu does not include their famous Plight of the Bee's dessert and seeing how it made many people's "best of" list was wondering if you think they would try to accommodate this request if we ask in advance.

Interestingly, saw something about VdM's cdc saying how they are tweaking the progression of their meals and starting off with bolder wines/proteins early in the meal instead of the more practiced gradual progression.

Jan 28, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

Also thoughts on Bentley, especially since moving into their current location. Highly considering for a solo meal over say a Gastro Park.

Jan 28, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand

Sydney - 13 Days

BTG what is your favorite burger? I chose and think we'll try the burger at Rockpool B&G to compare to the black label at Minetta which is my favorite expensive burger in NYC. Despite the stereotype of Americans eating burgers I also wanted to try Chur Burger in SYD (although the one at Mary's in Newtown looks good) as well as Huxtaburger in Melbourne.

I'm thinking about swapping Longrain for Spice I Am and perhaps Chat Thai since it specializes in Issan food.

I also think we might bump Moon Park to dinner since I'm continuing to read/hear good things about them and want full disposal of the menu.

Was also thinking about trying Marque for the Friday lunch special.

Had Bourke St Bakery and Black Star Pastry on the list but failed to mention them. Both seem good and popular.

Despite being recommended Mr. Wong by multiple hounds we've been reluctant simply because it seems high quality Canto which we eat plenty of during our visits to Hong Kong. This combined with the fact that my wife is from a Cantonese family who owns a restaurant and the difficulty of eating a cuisine that encourages family style dining with only two people makes it something we don't routinely seek out. However, in your opinion is Mr. Wong's food up to the levels as the best Canto restaurants in HK a la Fook Lam Moon, Man Wah, etc? If it is we'll consider it, otherwise we'll probably leave it off our list.

In terms of pizza, do people like Lucio or Pizza Mario better?

Assuming you've been to both, is 4Fourteen better for a solo meal or Four in Hand's bar?

Jan 28, 2014
TheDegustationAsian in Australia/New Zealand