Tag Archives: Seafood

L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer (Paris)

Since the first time visiting this bar (in 2014), it has become one of the favourites.  We’ve been here every time we visit Paris as it’s an easy, casual bar with fantastic food.  The guys who work here are never shy about recommending a good wine to go with the food, and believe you me, the wines are brilliant.  Here’s a couple of pics of the yum yum dishes.

Fried soft shell crab…

Lobster in a cream sauce (it’s really good!)…

Octopus on tiny baked potatoes….

Prawns wrapped in potato strings

Cured salmon wrapped in nori...

Cured tuna... which taste like bacon.  Must be the same curing technique.

Prawn gyoza...  super delicious…

For more info, visit the restaurant site here.

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Dandelion

Went for a group dinner to Dandelion and chose to have the 7 course menu aptly named “The Sea”.   The description attached to the menu was “Vietnam has 3260 km of perse coastline. This menu is a seafood lovers dream. Luxury and quirky ingredients, simply and lovingly prepared”.

As we are all foodie gluttons, we also opted to add “The Age Good Food Guide Dish Of The Year – BBQ Pork spare ribs with a refreshing lychee and mint salad” to this feast.  I was so excited about that dish that I scoffed it down before I could get a picture!  It was good, but I’m not sure if it warrants being the dish of the year.

First up, we had “coconut roast rock lobster rice paper roll with rambutan and Thai basil, coconut chili sauce“.  Was a fresh tasting entree.

coconut roast rock lobster rice paper roll with rambutan and Thai basil, coconut chili sauce

Next up was “green rice fried tiger prawns, butter lettuce and pickled daikon wrap, green chilli nuoc cham“.   Crunchy and savoury.

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The “Morten Bay bug salad with pomelo, spearmint, chilli and lime juice” was delightful.  This is a winning combo which can’t go wrong.

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The “diamond clams steamed in a lemongrass and chilli broth” was lovely.  Clams were delicious.

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Todays seafood selection from the coconut grill with our own herb and spice rub, wrapped with citrus leaves” was prawn and fish, which were both fresh and well cooked.

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The last main before desserts was the “claypot of smoked eggplant, black vinegar, spring onion, chilli“.   Mmmm I love eggplant and this dish was awesome.

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The description for dessert was “Che co hai ‘aunty 2’s che’ toddy palm, grass jelly, jackfruit and jasmine scented syrup , avocado sorbet” but we got two items.   I’m not even going to try to figure out which was which.  All I’ll say is that they were good, even though I’m not usually a fan of Asian desserts.

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Overall, food was good but if you’re after a substantial meal, go for something else.  I have mixed feelings about this dinner.  The seafood was fresh and aplenty, but it felt like there was something amiss.  Perhaps that I didn’t feel the “lovingly prepared” that the meal had promised.

For more info and reviews:
Dandelion on Urbanspoon

Deliciously hot and fiery food at Spice Temple

I love spicy Chinese food and Spice Temple delivers on many different levels of it.  The restaurant decor is very modern has a certain sexiness to it, and the food is wonderfully exciting and made from great fresh ingredients.  Was here as for a reunion dinner with 2 of my favorite ex-workmates and it was a blast – spicy food and lots of wine!

We started with “fried salt and pepper silken tofu with chilli“.  The tofu was delicately fried on the outside and silky on the inside, and served with a fresh chilli sauce.

Fried salt and pepper silken tofu with chilli

The “fish fragrant eggplant” was absolutely delicious.  Eggplant that had been fried so it’s crispy and then coated with a powerful tangy spicy sauce.

Fish fragrant eggplant

The “king prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing” had chunks of prawn meat in the wonton and the was swimming in spicy sauce.  Loved it!

King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing

The “stir fried sea scallops with handmade egg noodles and chilli paste” was a lovely dish that had sweet scallops thrown into wonderfully thick and tasty noodles.  No surprises here – the dish taste exactly as the description.

Stir fried sea scallops with handmade egg noodles and chilli paste

The “steamed snapper with salted chilli and black bean” was the dish that the waitress recommended to us and it was a good choice as the fish was fresh and tasted wonderful with the chilli and black bean.

Steamed Snapper with salted chilli and black bean

Given we were having such a great time and the food was superb, we decided to have dessert!  The “caramel chocolate and peanut parfait” was a rich and delicious.

Caramel chocolate and peanut parfait

And I love a good mango pudding so the “mango pudding with condensed milk chantillyhad to be ordered!  It was creamy and delicious.

Mango pudding with condensed milk chantilly

Upmarket Chinese food that delivers a punch – I think it’s a difficult feat to accomplish and Spice Temple does it wonderfully.  The food does not hold back on flavour and chilli.  Coupled with great atmosphere, location and service, it’s a winner for me.

For more info and reviews:
Spice Temple on Urbanspoon

The Atlantic… great seafood cocktail!

Decided to take my mom to Atlantic for her birthday, as she loves Donovan’s (St Kilda) and wanted to try his new restaurant.  First impressions upon walking in is that this is nothing like the casual beachside atmosphere of Donovan’s, instead we have a sophisticated Crown Casino friendly fine dining restaurant.  The decor and furnishing is stunning.

The menu changes daily, but I’m guessing that only applies to fish dishes and that the more steady dishes are seasonal.  We were there mid Jan, and the food was fabulous and fresh.  Note:  I’m naming these dishes based on what I can remember but I’m sure they had nicer/fancier names on the menu!

Started with really great strong entrees such as the “seafood cocktail with lobster, prawn, scallop” – which was totally awesome!  If you’re only going to have one thing whilst there, have this!  The other entree we had was a “crab and cantaloupe cold dish” which was also delicious.

The other dishes were good.  My only criticism of the meal is that the mains are huge!  And given they are quite rich, it may be too much of a good thing.  The three mains we had were grilled fresh snapper (looks scary but tasted very good and was very fresh), panfried hapuka in a seafood broth and snapper cooked with a tomato sauce in a paper bag.

This was the dining experience that prompted me to go back again in the next few weeks for the 5 course crustacean celebration degustation – which turned out to be one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in awhile.

Atlantic – 5 Course Crustacean Celebration

My first visit to Atlantic was so great, I had to go back again ASAP!  I discovered that there was a 5 course “Crustacean Celebration” on at the end of Jan, and booked it in!  Service was friendly and efficient, setting was gorgeous and atmosphere for a Monday night was bustling.

First course was “Golden Beetroot Carpaccio – spanner crab, basil, lemon, beetroot jelly“.  The crab and beetroot were both sweet, which was offset and balanced by the burst of lemon.  It was a great start to the 5 courses.

The “Raviolo of Scallops and Coriander – sauce jacquline” had a wonderfully round and firm ravioli, surrounded by a buttery sauce with veges hidden underneath adding a crunchy texture.  The sauce was the outstanding element that brought the dish together.

The “Slow Cooked Morton Bay Bug Tails – confit fennel, cherry tomatoes, black olive oil, tarragon” good, but unfortunately not my thing as the bugs were slow cooked and therefore very soft in texture.  Looked amazing though!

The next dish, consisted of the most exquisite and perfect lobster I’d had in awhile… “Roasted Tasmanian Crayfish – wagyu beef cheek, kipfler potato, brown onion marmalade, red wine bordelaise“.  The lobster was fresh and had that wonderful taste and consistency.   The sauce, onion marmalade and potato mixed through mashed potato were perfect companions.   Wow and wow.

Dessert was “Honey and Goat’s Cheese Parfait – citrus sable, summer berry salad” which was a nice light way to end the 5 courses.   Pretty as a picture, and tasted lovely.

Overall, Atlantic has stolen my heart.  I’m thoroughly in love with this restaurant.  Sure some may hate on it as it’s a bit pretentious and expensive, but the food is outstanding in freshness and quality, and the cooking is executed well.

For more info and reviews:
The Atlantic on Urbanspoon

Boston Food Trucks and Lobster!

In the lovely city of Boston, surrounded by historic sights and endless amounts of clam chowder, I saw my first food trucks! There they were, like a mirage in the city, serving burgers and tacos! As an afternoon snack, the food was tasty and satisfying.

I was so excited to be in Boston… we went to Harvard for a day, walked the Freedom Trail, but most of all, we ate our hearts out!  Clam chowder, lobster, crab cakes… the list goes on!

First stop for seafood action was Tia’s Restaurant which is located near the waterfront.     Between the two of us, we chose to share the “Award Winning Boneless Buffalo Wings” followed by the “Baked Stuffed Lobster” with a side “Basket of Onion Rings“.   The buffalo wings and onion rings were average but the stuffed lobster was awesome!  It was half a pound of lobster, stuffed with crab meat, scallops, shrimp and buttered cracker crumbs.  It also comes with fries and coleslaw.  It was sensational!

Boston is known for clam chowder, and upon a few recommendations (including local’s in Boston) we decided to try Legal Sea Foods.   There are numerous outlets in Boston, and we went to the one by the waterfront.  The clam chowder (apologies, I don’t have a pic of it) was too creamy for my taste.  We also had the crab cakes – which were amazing!   It was a whole lump of crab meat, with a creamy mustard.

For more info on Tia’s:
Tia's on the Waterfront on Urbanspoon

For more info on Legal Sea Foods:
Legal Sea Foods - Long Wharf on Urbanspoon