Tetsuya's, The Restaurant
Long have we waited for this moment - the chance to dine at Australia's best known and most highly rated restaurant, Tetsuya's. This year, the Restaurant Magazine rated Tetsuya's 5th in the world after El Bulli in Spain, The Fat Duck in Britain, Pierre Gagnaire in Paris and French Laundry in California. Time and again, I had tried to book a table only to be told that they were full for the night. This time, knowing that we had a trip to Sydney coming up I booked well in advance for our dinner on Friday 4th August.
We hurried by foot from The Rocks to Kent Street, eager for this culinary experience to begin. Finally locating its gated entrance, we walked down the driveway to be greeted by about four or five attendants who were presumably waiting to park cars. We were seated in a room with only 6 tables but there were at least 6 waiters for that section alone.
Pacific Oysters with Rice Vinegar & Ginger (additional item)
Tartare of Tuna on Sushi Rice with Avocado
Tuna Marinated in Soy & Mirin; Soft Smoked Ocean Trout with Asparagus; Marinated NZ Scampi with Chicken Parfait & Walnut
Spring Bay Scallop with Wakame & Lemon
Tetsuya's Signature: Confit of Petuna Tasmanian Ocean Trout with Konbu, Daikon & Fennel
Ravioli of Queensland Spanner Crab with Tomato & Basil Vinaigrette
Roasted Breast of Quail with Soft Polenta & Shiitake Mushrooms
Seared Fillet of Veal with Wasabi Butter
Strawberry Shortcake; Beetroot & Blood Orange Sorbet
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with White Beans & Dates
Floating Island with Praline & Vanilla Bean Anglaise
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Orange and Chocolate Sorbet
The whole meal was worth every cent but which dishes did I particularly enjoy: the tartare of tuna was easily the best I have ever had the pleasure of tasting, the barely cooked scampi, the confit of tuna which is marinated in oil then cooked in a very low oven, and oh the quail ...smacking of lips... I was almost too full to have dessert by the end of the savoury courses but when they arrived, well that was another matter. I could have had an entire bowl of the strawberry shortcake although it probably wouldn't look quite as elegant served like that! The lightness of the floating island surprised me, as did thin stripe of chocolate and raspberry within. We had a special dessert at the end of all that too - thanks, A!