Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tetsuya's - 35th Wedding Anniversary

We were given a $1,000 gift voucher for Tetsuya's, and decided to use it to celebrate our wedding anniversary which was actually Saturday night.  After much toing and froing, the very helpful girl who handles bookings got us in on the Friday night - which was perfect for us.  We had been to Tetsuya's many times before, but only once at the current city location - the rest at Tets' first restaurant in Rozelle.  I must admit we weren't too impressed the last time we went which was in April two years ago.   The food was virtually all cold and mostly raw, and the service was just so up itself it was painful.  We were made to feel we should stop having fun and just concentrate on the dramatic entrance of every course.  Since then they have lost a hat, and maybe this was just the kick they needed.  The attitude was much lighter and friendlier on Friday night.  We were immediately offered a mineral water and ordered a very dirty Belvedere Vodka Martini - which was very good indeed. We had to ask what the 'deal' was so we could decide how to get through the $1,000.  The food (10 courses) was $210 per head so that knowledge was immediately put to good use and we ordered a 2004 Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz from the Eden Valley (SA).  Nearly blew the guest certificate there are then - but oh so worth it! 

Were were offered a choice of two breads - white or sourdough roll with amazing butter mixed with Ricotta.   I only had a little taste knowing what was coming.   Then the food began to arrive.  First a Warm Chestnut Soup with Smoked Cream.  Delicious.

 Then the Sea Urchin Custard - served on a special board - very clever dish.
Then the Sashimi of Kingfish with Blackbean and Orange.  Superb.

Then Tetsuya's signature dish of Confit Petuna Ocean Trout with Konbu & Shaved Fennel.  We had this last time and it was delicious.  It came with a salad, but by now we were being very cautious knowing this was only the 4th dish!  Shame as the dressing was terrific.

 Next came John Dory with Ajo Blanco & Pil Pil.  No idea - but very nice.

Then came the Queensland Spanner Crab with Tofu and Foie Gras.  Terrible memories of Foie Gras from London, but.......  It was amazing.
Somewhere around here we ordered a second bottle of wine.  I know!!!!  This was recommended by our waiter and was excellent - a 2007 Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz from the Barossa Valley (SA).

Then came the Breast of Spatchcock with Manjimup Truffle, Nettles & Hazelnut.  We both really enjoyed this dish.
Then the Shabu-Shabu Style Wagyu Beef with Braised Daikon, Ponzu & Wasabi arrived.  Well - we both literally fell on this dish and completely forgot to take a photo.  Delicious.
Next was a cleansing Hay-Infused Milk Ice Cream with Sorrel Granita.  Very unusual, but enjoyable.
This was followed by Bread & Butter Pudding and Tarte Tatin.  If only I could be bothered to cook desserts like this!
And then the finale - Spiced Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Salted Peanuts.  What a clever dish, but not my favourite.

That really stopped us in our tracks.  They very kindly printed us out a menu complete with our wine selection, called a taxi and then escorted us out to the waiting taxi.  Off home to a warm house - groaning with a really full stomach.  But what a fabulous meal.  Not something you want to do too often, but for special occasions it is highly recommended (surprisingly).

I would have to rate it


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