Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

After a half day at work and a brief respite from the 40/104 degree heat I headed into the city to meet up with Chantal and her cousin and friends for a lovely New Year's Eve dinner at Seamstress on Lonsdale Street.  They had a 7 course degustation menu with the option of wine matching with each course.  Here is what we ate:
  • Peking duck consomme with shaved green lip abalone and quad of poached Chinese mushrooms
  • Pan seared wild harvest scallop stuffed with tailor made XO on poached iceberg lettuce
  • Swallowed clouds... poached won tons of snake bean and golden sweet kaukau with green pea puree, coriander foam and flying fish roe
  • Terrine of pork hock and oolong tea smoked duck with pickled watermelon
  • Hiramasa kingfish carpaccio with young coconut, lime and pomegranate dressed in snow pea tendrils
  • Cleansing parsley and lemon sorbet
  • Crisp fried five spice quail, salad of fresh garden herbs, cucumber julienne and pink ginger
  • Ponzu marinated wagyu and twice cooked pork belly served with drunken potatoes and gai larn
  • Petit fours and coffee
The food was amazing and just the perfect amount over the few hours we were there.  My favorite courses were the won tons and the quail.  After we finished eating it was very close to midnight so we rushed outside just in time to see bits of the fireworks show that were happening along the Yarra River.  We wandered for a bit around the city and down to Federation Square before heading home.  Happy New Year to you all and may 2011 live up to and exceed your expectations.

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