There’s always that one restaurant, that everyone has been to but you. For me, for four years, that was Momofuku Seiobo. Everyone I knew went, and I always seemed to be away at the wrong time. After missing another opportunity last week, it was time for action.
Time for action
I got on their website to book the next available date. Amazingly, Monday at 6.30 was available, only a few days away. Perfect! Then Monday morning my dining companion pulled out sick. Bugger it, I’m going anyway.
The Momofuku experience
Walking into Momofuku, on the coldest day in Sydney for 21 years, feels like being hugged by a room. The staff greetings are warm, the very clean, modern, dark and brooding interior is welcoming and warming. Here is a great place to eat solo, there is so much going on, from the bar seats with up close views of the open kitchen, to the chefs personally delivering and describing the dishes to you. Here comes the tasting menu!
The first three dishes are presented as tiny flavour packed snacks, making heroes of caviar, snail and black pudding.
The first wine was a delicious chenin blanc
An unexpected highlight at Momofuku Seiobo
One of my favourite dishes was a warm creamy chicken salad with crispy skin wafers rubbed with jerk – a taste explosion with crunchy and creamy textures melting in the mouth.
Onto a refreshing cider from Normandy.
Getting serious now
The mulloway is a very tender tasty fish with spicy rice both soft and crunchy. I loved the decadence of marron dripping in butter, while the roti with its little mayonnaise style sauce was so moreish, cleverly cut through by tart mulberries. And the buttery melt in the mouth roti, so rich but not greasy at all.
The Georgian dry white wine was a surprise, a good one, well matched with the next dishes.
The cassava dumplings with mud crab were the only miss of the night for me, the tiny dumplings seemed quite heavy and the sauce overpowered the crab.
The perfectly pink pork came out with the what seemed like triple fried crackling, so crunchy and soft and pure fat! The vege sides helped balance it out.
And then it was the dessert wine from France.
This passionfruit/coconut mess was the stand out flavour hit for me, great tartness from the passionfruit.
The shiny darkness of Momofuku.
Got to take home the Momofuku brand tea to use at home, a nice touch.
And here’s the menu de jour.
Best things: The warm chicken salad (intense jerk flavour), and the (intense) passion fruit & coconut dessert. The seamless and faultless friendly service. Paul Carmichael’s caribbean touches (coconut, jerk, plantain).
Worst things: Only having one snail. Waiting so long to get there!
Where was I?
Level G, The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont, Sydney 2009
So tell me, did you enjoy this restaurant, let me know what you think?