Category Archives: Michelin Restaurant

Amazing Arzak

We had an amazing meal at Arzak when we were in San Sebastian this year.  There were just so many things that were so right about the experience.  The phenomenal food only represents one part of the experience.   The service is spot on, the decor is lovely and inviting, the ambiance is lively and calming and you don’t have to spend big bucks on the amazing wine that they have.   Elena Arzak actually comes out to great each table personally for a chat and she was so lovely.  I was really impressed that she remembered so much about her trip to Melbourne a few months ago.

I am definitely going back the next time I’m in the region!

Started with a few small bites for the table…

Fish of the day with “patxaran” and purple corn – full of taste and textures

Scarlet prawn with krill – this is perhaps the greatest dish I have ever tasted

Lobster – so much drama on a plate, and so pretty to look at

Egg with corn

Fish according to the sea – there’s a choice of which fish you’d pick.  Honestly don’t remember what we chose but I do remember it being amazing!

Sailors lamb

Orange pigeon

Summer frost

Square moon

Petit fours –  how pretty!

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OMG Osteria Francescana

Believe the hype.

It’s been over a year since our visit to Osteria Francescana but it’s one of the greatest meals I’ve ever had and so memorable that I had to post the pics.  We had the Greatest Hits menu which had no less than 11 dishes, not including the little entrees and the additional dessert and petit fours.

The first 4 pics below are of the little bite sized treats we started with and the beautiful bread.  After that it was dish after dish of perfection.  Super tasty, inventive, surprising, and beautiful.  Enjoy!

Tribute to Normandy

Lentils are better than caviar

‘Riso Levante’

Mediterranean sole (yes, there is some fish hidden under there)

Autumn in New York so beautifully presented and then when the broth was poured in, it was stunning.

Five ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures.  People say that the crunchy part of the lasagna is the greatest dish but I actually think this one is.  It was seriously out of this world amazing with the different types of cheese.

The crunchy part of the lasagna.  I know I said the dish above was my favourite but this was mind blowingly good.  Like unbelievably good.

At the dinner of Trimalchione: fowl in the ancient Roman style

Croccantino of foie gras I loved this one.  Bite sized, rich in foie gras and with balsamic vinegar running through it.

Caesar salad in bloom

Oops!  I dropped the lemon tart  Highly anticipated and did not dissappoint.  It was a piece of art to look at and to eat.

Dinner by Heston

Dinner by Heston exceeded all my expectations and has ended up being one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in Melbourne. Everything was perfect.    The atmosphere of the restaurant is unpretentious and casual, the service was attentive and prompt and the food was amazing.   I would highly recommend going to Dinner by Heston, so much so that I’m re-visiting in March!

Great thing about the menu is that it’s a la carte, so you can pick the courses you want.  I was here with a party of 5, so we had a chance to see most of the dishes that were on the menu.   Impressively, all the entrees and mains were winners.

Food highlights: Meat Fruit (classic) , Rice & Flesh (super tasty), Mash Potato (as good as Joel Rubechon), Powdered Duck Breast (amazing – I can’t begin to imagine how they cooked it so well) and Tipsy Cake (watching that pineapple slow roast speaks volumes for how amazing this tastes).

Maybe give a miss: Fries (nothing out of the ordinary), Spring Tart (was nice, but compared to other desserts a bit dull).

Enjoy the pictures!

Meat Fruit – Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & grilled breadIMG_6665

Rice & Flesh -Saffron, curried kangaroo tail, red wine & amaranthIMG_6668

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Singapore

We were in Singapore for our post wedding holiday (read: mini honeymoon) and could not resist going to L’Atelier which is located at Resort World Sentosa.   We were at the L’Atelier in St Germain Paris two years ago and it is one of our favourite restaurants.   Whilst the restaurant was great, food was perfect and service was good, it didn’t have the same feel as the Paris restaurant (and let’s face it, it never would have… it’s Paris!).

So first up we had bread and an amuse bouche of potato and leek soup… SONY DSC SONY DSC

Entree of prawn in wonton skins…. it was perfect!

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Scallops and jamon which was a totally perfect combination!

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Wagyu beef with grilled mushrooms was great!

SONY DSCThis was the ultimate dish… bone marrow on toast!   It was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten.

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Mains were next, I had the perfectly cooked John Dory with a lemon butter sauce…SONY DSC

Hubby had fillet steak…. super tasty.
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And of course, we both got sides of mash potato, which is their signature thing.  It was rich, silky and buttery!

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For desserts, we share a serve of gelato and a chocolate delice dessert (which was chocolate mouse, chocolate base, with chocolate crackle).  All very good.
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Food was sensational, service great, restaurant is beautiful.  Yes, yes, for the prices we paid one should expect nothing short of perfect.    We would definitely revisit (and visit any of the other 10 in the world!).

For more info and reviews check out TripAdvisor.