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 – Beef Stock

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Basics, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Simple, Soup/Broth with tags , , on June 28, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

So, not too long a go, I made Heston Blumenthal’s slow roasted rib of beef and the gravy required beef stock as an ingredient.

So here’s the recipe for the beef stock that I used for the roast’s gravy. Stock – so easy, just time consuming.

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Yu-U – Dinner – Melbourne

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Cuisine, Dinner, Japanese, Lunch, Mega Meal ($20-$30), Melbourne, Restaurants with tags , , , , on June 26, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Was in Melbourne recently and had to make a pit stop at Yu-U for dinner. We booked a week in advance for a Thursday night and when we got there, they were turning people away as they were booked out.

The first challenge was to find the place. All I can say is, Melbourne restaurants have a different vibe to Sydney (although Sydney is trying hard to copy Melbourne).

Yes, it is in the basement, although there are no outward signs telling me that.

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Quanjude – Dinner – Melbourne

Posted in 3 - Likeable :|, Chinese, Cuisine, Dinner, Lunch, Meal Type, Mega Meal ($20-$30), Melbourne, Price, Restaurants with tags , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Somehow, all parts of my life seem to tie into Heston Blumenthal. He does some Peking Duck research in Beijing & Quanjude in Beijing is one of THE places to go for Peking duck. Established in 1864 & still going strong in China. Pity for me, I’m just in Australia so I figure when I finally visit China in a few years time, I can try a few places there.

However, I have a stroke of luck as Quanjude has recently opened a restaurant in Melbourne specialising in Peking duck from the homeland. There is no question that I will go here when in Melbourne and I have some very high expectations.

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Cellar Bar (Grossi Florentino) – Lunch – Melbourne

Posted in .My personal ratings, 2 - Loveable :), Breakfast, Cuisine, Dinner, Fair Fare ($15-20), Italian, Lunch, Meal Type, Melbourne, Price, Restaurants with tags , , , , on April 2, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

On my recent jaunt to Melbourne, I had a lazy Saturday wandering around town and happened upon Guy Grossi’s ventures in Melbourne. Not wanting to burn a hole in my wallet, I decided to go for the “cheapest” option of The Cellar Bar.

It was surprisingly, not busy around midday on a Saturday which was a relief for me because I’m not one to wait for food.

The decor is well done and I quite like the cosy brassiere feel to it.

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RECIPE – Heston Blumenthal slow roasted rib of beef

Posted in .My personal ratings, 1 - Laudable :D, Cuisine, English, Main, Meat, Modern, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , on March 31, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Yes, another Heston recipe, maybe I am a bit obsessed but it’s only coz his recipes are so awesome. (More of my Heston experience/recipes here)

This is really a very, very easy recipe, it takes a long time but requires very little involvement and the results are fantastic. Melt in the mouth beef, packed full of flavour and a wonderful, rich sauce.

I can’t describe how wonderful it is, the meat just falls apart, no knife required & the taste is astonishingly good considering how little effort goes into it.

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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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RECIPE – Heston Blumenthal’s Perfect Roast Chicken

Posted in 2 - Loveable :), Main, Meat, Recipe Difficulty, Recipes, Savouries, Simple with tags , , , , on February 14, 2012 by Monitor Muncher

Okay, so I’ve attempted another of Heston’s recipes in his ‘In Search of Perfection’ series.

This time I’ve gone for the ubiquitous roast chook.

It’d definitely simpler than the other Heston recipes I’ve tried before (see list here) but still takes time as there are things that need to be done the night before.

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