Many foodie friends had excitedly mentioned “Momofuku” over the past few months, so it was high time to get my loose-waisted degustation attire on once more and settle in for another tasting menu.
Twelve courses of heavenly Japanese fusion cuisine awaited us … and I have to say, the whole experience was a perfect blend of great service, a comfortable fine-dining atmosphere (without pompousness), artistic creations and just some simply amazing flavour combinations.
The original Momofuku is in New York City and we Sydney-siders are so lucky that the second instalment of their food journey made its way to our part of the world – second of many around the world, I’m sure.
I was told that the tasting menu was the star attraction so I went with it on this occasion, however there is also a separate bar area and menu for quicker, more casual (but equally as delicious) snacks and drinks. Plus, the bar wraps around the kitchen where you can see the culinary magicians of this place at work. Their tasting menu also supports local and sustainable farming so your conscience can get a meal too.
“We have juice pairings as well as an alcoholic beverage package” – how amazingly thoughtful for the very few of us who (in my case temporarily) can’t indulge in the drop. For those of you that do, you won’t be disappointed by the great sake and international wine pairings package.
One of my juice pairings – it looks enough like wine so I fit in amongst the rest of the adults.
So without further adieu, here are my favourite dishes from the tasting menu – salivate!
Smoked Eel and Apple in an Egg Roll
Steamed bun with pork belly
This is their signature dish and truly heavenly! My Favourite from the menu AND it’s available as a part of the bar menu, so no one misses out.
Pink snapper with celery and mustard
Confit potatoes with roe and parson’s nose
Enoki wrapped in beef tongue with a fennel and watercress salad
Congee with ham and an egg yolk blanket
Marron with broccoli and lemon
Lamb with pistachio and onion
Grilled pineapple with lime meringue and sesame
There was a cucumber, raspberry and elderflower sorbet in between here that was a delicious palate cleanser, but I think I must have just dived straight into it and forgotten to take a photograph!
And after dessert (yes, after) there was a plate of this glorious pulled pork. Not the most conventional way to end a meal, but boy did it hit the spot! For those of you that don’t know what pulled pork is, it’s a form of BBQing pork in a slow cook method for an extended time at low temperatures so that it becomes sooooo tender that it can easily be pulled apart.
“Seiōbo” is the Japanese goddess of the west and her sign is the peach tree which they have use in their restaurant stationary and the little parcels of kimchi that they give you as take-home favours (again, so so thoughtful).
If you don’t want to end your Momofuku journery there, then you can buy their recently released cooking sauces online and they also have a great food journal/iPad app called Lucky Peach which is a quarterly journal of food, focusing on a single theme per issue and explores that theme via some amazing recipes, art, photos and writing.
The Star – Star City Casino
80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW 2009. Australia
(+612) 9777 9000
Tasting Menus is $175 pp + $95 for beverage pairings (with sake and wine from around the world) and $55 for juice pairings
Momofuku seiōbo has three hats from the the sydney morning herald good food guide and I certainly take my proverbial hat off to them for creating such a great food concept. Oh and there could be worse places to be located than across from Adriano Zumbo – patissier extraordinaire. Yes, I still made room for a macaroon after a twelve coarse meal!