To celebrate selling and finally packing up the family home of 20 years and the office of 12 years and moving to a new apartment in The Rocks, we decided to reward ourselves with a lovely meal and of course, a very Dirty Martini. So we walked to the ShangriLa Hotel (literally 200 yards), headed for the 32nd Floor, sat right at the window's edge and sipped an excellent Belvedere Vodka Dirty Martini. The view from there is amazing, and of course we could see our apartment right beside the bridge. It's the 'V' shaped building, and our apartment is the top floor one on the far right with the huge round balcony. If you look carefully you can even see our outdoor furniture and the blue glass table top!
We were then given the complimentary Canape - Queensland Spanner Crab, Toast, Tabasco Mayonnaise, Peach Leaf Jelly. Served in a shot glass, it was amazing. The Toast was a crisp wafer half way through. Bit too much of the creamy Tabasco Mayonnaise at the bottom though.
For my first course I chose the Chirashi Zushi of Tuna, Kingfish, Bonito, Prawn and Squid. Very different, but fresh and light.
We, well Hal, had to have the Date Tart - which is the original since 1984. And I believe we had it in 1984. It was to die for. The dates were so fresh, and the texture of the tart just unbelievable. Just forgot to take a photo of the finished dish, but found this photo of it being prepared on the web!