Archive for the French Category

RECIPE – Tetsuya’s Confit of Ocean Trout

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Cuisine, French, Japanese, Main, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Seafood, Simple with tags , , , , on June 2, 2013 by Monitor Muncher

Yes, I know, it’s been an age since I’ve been posting anything.

Many, many, many years ago, I tried out Tetsuya’s restaurant in Sydney. It was my first fine dining experience and it was thoroughly enjoyable, opening my eyes to the possibilities of what could be done with some fine ingredients.

Not too long ago, I ended up at Tetsuya’s Singaporean effort, Waku Ghin, and that was mind-blowing.

But I digress, the reason why I’m posting is because I decided to attempt to make Tetsuya’s signature dish – the confit of ocean trout.

The recipe can be found here:

troutMy attempt v My experience at Tetsuya’s restaurant

Obviously, my fillet is a smidgeon bigger – but that’s because this was to be an actual meal for dinner, not part 1 of a 13 course degustation.

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Waku Ghin – Dinner – Singapore

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Cuisine, Degustation/Tasting, French, Japanese, Meal Type, Outside Australia, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30) with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Tetsuyas, many, many years ago, was my first fine dining experience and I absolutely loved it. I know Waku Ghin has been open for a while (and currently ranked 39th best restaurant in the world according to Restaurant Magazine) but I balked at have to pay >50% more in Singapore than his Australian degustation.

However, I was feeling a bit of a splurge coming on so I thought, why not?

Plus I did want to go check out Marina Bay Sands complex (I’m on a boat, yeah!)

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RECIPE – Garlic Prawn Pate

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Cuisine, French, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Sauce/Dips, Savouries, Simple, Snack with tags , , , on March 21, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Looks & tastes good, a lovely starter for a dinner party.

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RECIPE – Mayonnaise

Posted in .My personal ratings, 3 - Likeable :|, Basics, Cuisine, French, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Sauce/Dips, Simple with tags , , , on March 17, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

I’ve never made mayo before – I always figured it was too hard, took too long or the sauce would split. I finally decided to give it a go and it was surprisingly easy to whip up.

Home-made mayonnaise

I only used a whisk, no electronics, and it took only a few minutes for things to emulsify.

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Kobe Jones Teppanyaki – Dinner – The Rocks

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (East), Cuisine, Dinner, European, French, Japanese, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30), Sydney, The Rocks with tags , , , , , , on March 14, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Teppanyaki conjures up images of flying eggs and flinging fried rice. In Japan, it is actually in relation to the iron hot plate the food is cooked on.

I had various foods flung at me a few weeks ago but knew that I would be expecting something a little different at Kobe Jones – less food on the torso, for instance.

Arriving at the restaurant, it looked like it wanted to be a French sitting room, not a Japanese restaurant. There were antique couches and rustic fireplaces.

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Baroque Bistro – The Rocks

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dessert, French, Lunch, Meal Type, Modern, Restaurants, Sydney, The Rocks with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Ah, The Rocks, lovely place, good view, great atmosphere. There’s a patisserie that I love called La Renaissance. Any cakes I need made, this is my go-to place.

So when I heard they opened a bistro, I was always eager to give it a go.

Plus, if I crave a late night macaroon, I can get my fix here.

And there’s also a view of the bridge too if you’re interested.

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Black Star Pastry – Dessert – Newtown

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Budget Bite (<$15), Cuisine, Dessert, dessert, French, Meal Type, Modern, Newtown, Price, Restaurants, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

I’ve been to this place a few times before and have always enjoyed the food here. There are a few savoury items and a whole heap of sweet items. Lovely patisserie and right next to Oscillate Wildly (a wonderful Jap-French fusion restaurant).

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Tabou – Dinner – Surry Hills (Closed)

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Cuisine, Dinner, European, French, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30), Surry Hills, Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

I was here in Feb 2011 and since then, this place is no longer in business. It was strange, the website is still working and there are still chairs & tables inside.

*sigh*

It was good and I had yet to try the dessert menu so I was very much looking forward to returning but alas!

Complimentary Baguette

You know a place is going to be fantastic when all you want to do is eat the bread all day.

Such soft, fluffy interior with a lovely crunch on the outside – I wish I could bake bread this good. After we had devoured the bread, our waiter asked us if we wanted more & though we had several dishes to get through, I couldn’t help but say yes please.

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Oscillate Wildly – Degustation Dinner – Newtown

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Asian (South), Cuisine, Degustation/Tasting, Dinner, European, French, Japanese, Meal Type, Modern, Newtown, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30), Sydney with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

Before leaving for a 2 month overseas holiday, I decided to meet up with a few friends for a lovely dinner at Oscillate Wildly – a Japanese/French fusion restaurant. It is a very inventive restaurant with creative uses of different flavours & textures.

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Marque Restaurant – Lunch – Degustation – Sydney

Posted in 1 - Laudable :D, Cuisine, Degustation/Tasting, European, French, Lunch, Meal Type, Price, Restaurants, Super Splurge (>$30), Surry Hills, Sydney with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2011 by Monitor Muncher

I’ve always wanted to go to Marque restaurant and what better option than to take off on a Friday and enjoy a phenomenal lunch.

When chefs become famous, there’s this temptation to open 20 restaurants, write books & be on tv constantly – basically to get away from the restaurant & the cooking that made you famous.

But not at Marque, as we walked in, Mark Best was behind the counter doing the kitchen service – it’s so nice to see a chef be a chef.

When I initially made the reservation, I was told there was no degustation at the Friday lunch, just the special 3 course lunch deal 😦

Fortunately, the person I was talking to was wrong. Unfortunately, the booking I made (thinking there was no degustation) was for 2 hours.

Anyway, I can’t fault the food – that’s for sure. Below is the 4 course $95 lunch degustation at Marque (they were also offering an 8 course degustation for lunch but I could only fit so much in 2 hours).

Chaud-Froid Free Range Egg (Ala Alain Passsard 1998)

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