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529 Kent St Sydney
Ph: 0292692900
Prices: Degustation $195, matched wines $90 extra
Style: Modern Japanese
21st Mar 2018

Our top 5's:

Dave and Alicia's Best :
  1 : Tetsuya's
  2 : Attica
  3 : Vue de Monde
  4 : Bistro Guillaume
  5 : Rockpool Bar and Grill
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  1 : Attica
  2 : Jacques Reymond
  3 : The Lake House
  4 : Pearl
  5 : Matteo's

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Review by Dave.
The next level...

This is by far the most difficult review I've had the pleasure of writing, simply because even after a month to think about it, I still can't find a phrase which adequately descibes our experience at Tetsuya's. This understated restaurant at the rear of a heritage listed site in the middle of Sydney's CBD has showed me that Sydney can and does still compete on the Australian food scene. To say that Tetsuya's made number one on our top five list is an understatement: it completely obliterated the competition. Given the names on that list, perhaps that gives you some idea of just how much I enjoyed it.

I won't begin to describe the dishes, as I don't possess enough synonyms for "awesome". We visited for lunch (we couldn't get a Saturday dinner booking eight months in advance!), passing through the somewhat imposing Kent street vehicle entrance on foot. Something told me that arriving on foot was a little unusual, given the chauffeured cars lining the driveway, but we received the same welcome as the guests emerging from behind tinted Mercedes windows.

Our table overlooked a rather peaceful Japanese garden, in a room that seated around 20 people. There are several rooms, cleverly allowing for larger numbers while maintaining an intimate setting. There isn't a menu, per se; rather a waiter explained the degustation menu for the day and asked if there was anything we preferred to skip. Naturally, there wasn't. Also on offer that day was a special extra course of natural oysters. We got that, too, of course.

What's amazing is that the food isn't just original and stimulating, it's downright delicious. Flavours, textures, smells, visual presentation are all at a level I hadn't previously experienced. It's not a cheap outing (we were well over $500 for the two of us) but all I can say is that I can't wait to go back.


We ate:
Chilled Corn Soup with Saffron & Vanilla Ice Cream
-Smoked Ocean Trout & Avruga Caviar
-Leek & Crab Custard
- Marinated Crystal Bay Prawns with Soy Caramel
-Confit of Petuna Tasmanian Ocean Trout with Konbu, Apple, Daikon & Wasabi Seasonal Green Salad
- Terrine of Queensland Spanner Crab with Avocado
-Grilled Fillet of Barramundi with Braised Baby Fennel
-Twice-Cooked De-Boned Spatchcock with Foie Gras & Red Wine Jus
-Grass Fed Beef Fillet with Nameko, Shimeji & Enoki Mushroom
-Comte with Lentils
-Green Apple Sorbet with Sauternes Jelly Strawberry Shortcake
-Lemon Scented Floating Island with Vanilla Bean Anglaise
- Chocolate Ganache with Green Tea & Red Beans
-Coffee or Tea & Petit Four

We drank:
Matched wine course, $90.


Your Comments...
  Posted by Darren , 06:41pm Sun, 20th Mar, 2011
    I have to agree Dave.

Its been a few years ago now that I went to Tetsuya's and the memory still remains bright in my mind.

In addition to the excellent service, food and wine my partner and I had the privledge of talking with Tetsuya.

On the Thursday we went towards the end of the meal he came over and chatted with us for a few minutes, not about how the good the food was, but his love of entertaining and cooking for friends, and other passions of his, all the time interested in our thoughts and feelings of the like.

At the end of the night he waited at the door and farwelled every guest, offering a signed book to all that would like one.

A most brilliant, humble and warm man.
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