Happy new year everyone!
2014 has just passed and what a year it has been! Looking back now, I've only started to realise how much fantastic food I was lucky enough to eat last year (as well as how much I've yet to have a chance to write about)!
|The Famous Berry Donut Van|
|Clockwise from top-left: Lavender fields in Furano, Miso ramen at Ichiryuan, Salad of 20 vegetables at Restaurant Asperges in Biei, Lake Mashu, Furano melon with soft cream, Sushi set at Masazushi in Otaru|
|Not a cheese board! The best yuzu cheesecake ever at Takazawa!|
|The view from Pilu at Freshwater|
|Signature Frozen Kangaroo dish at Mister Jennings|
|MEAT at LP's Quality Meats|
I love coming up with lists, so here were my 10 favourite meals for 2014.
10. Biota Dining (Bowral)
9. Sepia (Sydney)
|Winter chocolate forest|
8. Ormeggio at the Spit (Mosman)
|Biodynamic veal tonnato|
|Risotto with fresh Australian Perigord truffle and pecorino|
7. Momofuku Seiobo (Pyrmont)
|Steamed buns, pork belly, hoisin, cucumber, scallion|
6. Sokyo (Pyrmont)
|Seared sea urchin, Sea urchin salmon roe squid, Sea urchin and scampi, Tamago|
5. Guillaume (Paddington)
|Marron, pork cheek, broad beans, cauliflower, sea spray|
4. Minamishima (Melbourne)
Minamishima is like a dream come true for me. Long have I wanted to see a high-end sushi-ya serving Edomae style sushi in Australia. There's otoro, sea urchin and engawa as well as a variety of shellfish such as tairagai, mirugai and torigai that you can only find in Japan. My meal here was like I was transported to Japan. The unfortunate thing is Minamishima is in Melbourne, not Sydney.
3. Sushi Tanabe (Sapporo, Japan)
|Hokkaido crab (kani)|
2. Tempura Kondo (Tokyo, Japan)
1. Rockpool (Sydney)
|Vacherin pandan custard with coconut parfait, jasmine sorbet and lime granita|
|The famous date tarts|
|Abalone "meuniere" with fried bread and herb salad|
And that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone that has taken their time to read my little blog. And thanks for all your support, kind words and well wishes. I look forward to more good eats in 2015 and sharing these with you!