Family, FOOD, Food reviews, HOLIDAYS, Living in... Australia, Uncategorized SYDNEY: Tetsuya’s for Dad’s 60th! 14 January 2010


Tetsuya’s
529 Kent St
Sydney, Australia

PRICE: $$$$$
RATING:

TETSUYA’S really needs no introduction, if you know you who’s who of global fine-dining cuisine. What I particularly love about Tetsuya’s is that the food is different. You’ll see barely a dish that is easily recreated somewhere else. It’s not just “a good steak”, or “great grilled fish”, which you’d otherwise expect at a fine-dining restaurant.. Tetsuya’s goes beyond that. The ingredients and flavours that are matched together are so unique, I’ve not tried any of their dishes at another restaurant. This is why I always say they’re worth the price – it’s just so unique.

Specifically, we were here for Dad’s 60th birthday dinner.

My parents are total foodies (hello, where do you think I got my passion for food from?!) and LOVE going around checking out restaurants. They haven’t had a chance to go to Tetsuya’s so we thought Dad’s 60th birthday was the perfect opportunity – to us, it’s not really the place to just randomly go, you need an ultra special occasion to warrant it. So this was perfect to celebrate πŸ™‚ Btw, FYI, they only serve degustation there and it’s (I think) $175 per person for the degustation. Add $90 for the 9 matching wines.

The atmosphere is somewhat relaxed, with a crisp and clean swing to the decor and ambience. Simple black chairs and a crisp white tablecloth, a plush Victorian-setting restaurant it is not. The simplistic Japanese-style decor works, and the service is exceedingly knowledgable and very polite. And so it was here that we happily ploughed through a 3+ hour degustation dinner – epic!

I actually thought the food wasn’t as good as it was the previous time we visited Tetsuya’s many moons ago. Not that the quality wasn’t good (I don’t think that would ever happen!), but just that some of the dishes didn’t suit my tastebuds – in particular a pea dish, and a bean dish… both of which totally flummoxed me. Thankfully, those were small and the other dishes were fabulous.

It’s a fabulous restaurant and a real dining experience, well worth a visit if you’re ever in Australia. An epic culinary adventure πŸ™‚


Me and the parentals

HELLO THERE

The Tetsuya restaurant is a stand-alone little house in the middle of the city

Waiting for dinner to start… with stomachs rumbling πŸ˜‰

We were seated at the window facing their little garden

Warm sourdough roll with truffle & parmesan butter – holy crap I LOVED that butter!!
Could eat big gobs of it, it was so airy and fluffy in texture.. mmm….

Chris takes a sip of the Japanese sake

Pea soup with bitter chocolate sorbet – I hate peas so this didn’t go down with me.
I likened it to be about as enjoyable as drinking medicine πŸ˜‰

Smoked ocean trout and avruga – Stunning. Soft raw trout that we mixed in with
a softly-poached egg yolk and masses of caviar. Decadence!

Pacific oysters with rice vinegar and ginger – I’m a huge fan of Tetsuya’s oysters.
Such a simple dish but he truly uses the BEST oysters. Outstanding.

Tasty!

Marinated crystal bay prawns with soy caramel – looked rather plain and was
weirded out by eating raw prawns, but oh boy it was good. Delicate texture offset
by the stronger sweet-salty sauce.

Confit of petuna Tasmanian ocean trout with konbu, apple, daikon – My #2 favourite.
Hard to describe this perfection. Buttery-soft fish matched with the sharp flavour of
seaweed bits. Light, yet creamy in texture. Just bliss.

Terrine of Queensland spanner crab with avocado – I wouldn’t have realised this was
crab if they hadn’t told me. It kinda tasted like an (expensive) fish ball. Hrrmmm..

Some of the wines!

Grilled fillet of barramundi with braised baby fennel – the fish was so moist and tender
it was hard to believe it was grilled and not poached/steamed. A very lightly flavoured
fish, with an olive tapenade to provide that burst of flavour.

Twice-cooked de-boned spatchcock with foie gras – this was SO tender it was a bit
bizzare, almost like fish. I didn’t like the squidgy skin encasing it, but the meat was great.

Wagu beef with lime and wasabi – my #1 dish of the night. OUTSTANDING! So tender
yet packed with untampered flavour. I ate it alone, without any of the condiments.

Cannellini beans with mascarpone – a “palette cleanser”, apparently. It just made
me feel weirded out I was eating beans (ewww). But that mascarpone cheese was fab.

Pineapple and amaretto sorbet, Chai bavarois – the sorbet was too tart for my liking
but I liked the unusual Chai tea flavour of the bavarois (eg. custard type dish).

Summer pudding – custard, soaked berries and bread with lashings of cream. I didn’t
expect to like it but ADORED the combination of tart and sweet flavours. #3 fave dish!

Chocolate chiboust with lemon curd and coffee marshmallow – the choc mousse was
rich and lovely, but lemon curd?!?! Totally spoiled the flavour. Partially saved by the
little coffee marshmallows floating in it (which I rescued from the super-tart curd).

Dad and his surprise dessert!

An intoxicating molten chocolate cake

Petit fours – a little cake thing, green tea marshmallow, chocolate macaroons with
pepper. All fabulous.

Coffees served in these cute mugs

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!!!

We ended buying some Tetsuya’s Black Truffle Salsa. Mmmm…..

Bellies full from dinner, we headed over to The Rocks

… to watch Australia’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks!

There were masses of people

Stating the obvious?

Fireworks from the building just next to us

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Video of the fireworks, and of Chris and I shouting to the camera, lol


45 Comments

  • tiffanyx posted on January 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    2 words: GLORIOUS FOOD~~~~~~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:08 am

      It was really good.. still worth the price IMHO!

      Reply
  • blacklamb66 posted on January 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    wow!!

    The food looks great.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:27 am

      Re: wow!!

      It was just super, so glad we went

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on January 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Looking forward to going there! I’m thinking of going for our 1st wedding anniversary.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:28 am

      Yeeeees, so should esp if they do a good veggo menu!

      Reply
  • aqualuna posted on January 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Ohhh Tetsuya’s… would love to take my family there one day! The food looks divine!

    Btw the other day I took a stroll around Kent St at night but couldn’t find Tetsuya’s… is it inside another building or something?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:29 am

      You should if you get the chance, I’m sure they’ll love it πŸ™‚

      It’s so nondescript which was probably why you walked past. There’s a huge gate at the front and Tetsuya is in the standalone house on the inside

      Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on January 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    2 words: GLORIOUS FOOD~~~~~~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:08 am

      It was really good.. still worth the price IMHO!

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Cute dress. Love the food too.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 12:52 am

      Thanks hon. Yeah the food was utterly amazing

      Reply
  • susyspeed posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:33 am

    my brain is going to explode — cannot compute these flavors… they sound SO awesome. πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:22 am

      I’m with ya.. we had multiple foodgasms that night πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • pebzz posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

    *slurp* is all I can manage for now…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:27 am

      Hehe was a good night… so delish!

      Reply
  • nycarm posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Oh man I was so looking forward to this post when you said you were going there for dinner. Looks fantastic, my tastebuds are soooo jealous!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

      It was a highlight of our trip, so glad we went! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • lindi_jay posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Oh wow, the food at Tetsuya’s looks positively amazing. And your photos really do it justice. How far did you have to book ahead to get the NYE table?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:39 am

      I booked almost a year in advance, believe it or not! As itw as my Dad’s 60th birthday so I wanted to be certain we’d get a seat

      Reply
  • tyra8 posted on January 15, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Hi Beverly, great to hear that you had a wonderful experience at Tetsuya’s.

    I’ve always wanted to dine there and I was just wondering, did you have any problems making reservations? Rumour has it that one would have to make reservations 5 weeks in advance!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

      5 weeks? make that like 5 months for ‘hot’ dates, at least! But if it’s just during the week, then I think about 2 months is ok.. because mine was on 31st dec I booked almost 1 yr in advance πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • blacklamb66 posted on January 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    wow!!

    The food looks great.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:27 am

      Re: wow!!

      It was just super, so glad we went

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on January 14, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    Looking forward to going there! I’m thinking of going for our 1st wedding anniversary.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:28 am

      Yeeeees, so should esp if they do a good veggo menu!

      Reply
  • aqualuna posted on January 14, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Ohhh Tetsuya’s… would love to take my family there one day! The food looks divine!

    Btw the other day I took a stroll around Kent St at night but couldn’t find Tetsuya’s… is it inside another building or something?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:29 am

      You should if you get the chance, I’m sure they’ll love it πŸ™‚

      It’s so nondescript which was probably why you walked past. There’s a huge gate at the front and Tetsuya is in the standalone house on the inside

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Cute dress. Love the food too.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 12:52 am

      Thanks hon. Yeah the food was utterly amazing

      Reply
  • susyspeed posted on January 15, 2010 at 12:33 am

    my brain is going to explode — cannot compute these flavors… they sound SO awesome. πŸ™‚

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:22 am

      I’m with ya.. we had multiple foodgasms that night πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • pebzz posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:08 am

    *slurp* is all I can manage for now…

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:27 am

      Hehe was a good night… so delish!

      Reply
  • nycarm posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Oh man I was so looking forward to this post when you said you were going there for dinner. Looks fantastic, my tastebuds are soooo jealous!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

      It was a highlight of our trip, so glad we went! πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • lindi_jay posted on January 15, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Oh wow, the food at Tetsuya’s looks positively amazing. And your photos really do it justice. How far did you have to book ahead to get the NYE table?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:39 am

      I booked almost a year in advance, believe it or not! As itw as my Dad’s 60th birthday so I wanted to be certain we’d get a seat

      Reply
  • tyra8 posted on January 15, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Hi Beverly, great to hear that you had a wonderful experience at Tetsuya’s.

    I’ve always wanted to dine there and I was just wondering, did you have any problems making reservations? Rumour has it that one would have to make reservations 5 weeks in advance!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 7:43 am

      5 weeks? make that like 5 months for ‘hot’ dates, at least! But if it’s just during the week, then I think about 2 months is ok.. because mine was on 31st dec I booked almost 1 yr in advance πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on January 16, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    What a wonderful treat for your Dad! I admit, the pea soup with bitter chocolate sorbet sounds odd, but I would have nommed it πŸ˜›

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

      I’ll admit it was nice-tasting pea soup, but I still hate peas πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on January 16, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    What a wonderful treat for your Dad! I admit, the pea soup with bitter chocolate sorbet sounds odd, but I would have nommed it πŸ˜›

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 17, 2010 at 12:51 am

      I’ll admit it was nice-tasting pea soup, but I still hate peas πŸ˜›

      Reply
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