Sydney has always been compared to Melbourne- the city of arts, crafts, culture and apparently good food (I have a lot to say in regards to this ongoing debate between the two cities but for now, let's just sum it up by saying I am totally team Sydney). Despite my disagreement with the idea that Melbourne is comparable to Sydney, I'd hate to admit that their Casino, Crown, is way better than our Star City. At least, when it was Star City!
Star City, or what it was formerly known as, has been reborn and given a new name - The Star! Not just in its name, The Star offers a fresh new look with new restaurants and high end retailers such as Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo and Bottega Veneta are just to name a few.
However, this post is all about the FOOD!! There are a lot of expectations for the new signature restaurants at The Star. These includes; the famous Momofuku Seiōbo by David Chang, Stefano Manfredi's Balla, Black by Ezard, Sokyo and Golden Century!
I, as a food lover have been anticipating and dying to try one of the new signature restaurants.
Last night, finally, after months of anticipation, I dined at Black by Ezard.
I can't recall the last time I had such an amazing dining experience (I'm running out of new places to try). Yes, amazing will be overly used in this post.
From the staff welcoming to the actual seating - the entire experience was pleasant. From the waiters, to the food runners, to the bartender to the Maitre D', all extremely friendly and helpful!
The food, well, what can I say? Every dish was (pardon me for the mediocre language) "licked clean".
From the free Brioche bread to the starters to the mains to the sides to the desserts, every bite was a party in my mouth! Expressions around the table were "oh my god this is so yummy"!!! I think the only non-amazing taste we had throughout the entire experience were some of the cocktails. But hey, the blame is on us for being weak drinkers ;)
Price = affordable. Mains are $40+, entrees $25-30, Sides $10- $20, desserts $18-$22 and cocktails average around $18. Between us 4 girls, we had 2 entrees, 2 sides, a main each, a dessert each and 2 cocktails each and worked out to be only $120+ per person. I'd say that's a bargain for such great quality!!!
Ambience = unique dining experience, modern elegance, intimate and romantic. A combination of fine dining with great service.
Food = Contemporary Australian Grill with fun seafood dishes.
Overall, yes here it is again, AMAZING!!!
|The Ipad cocktail menu|
|Entree 1 - Spanner Crab|
Avocado, butter lettuce, apple remoulade, parsley ginger meringue
|Entree 2 - Oysters|
Crème fraiche pearls, fresh lemon
|AMAZING bread! It's Brioche which according to the fabulous waiter is baked with extra additions of butter and egg which allows it to be puffy in texture. Tastes like croissants :)|
|King George Whiting - pan fried, spinach pudding, mushroom salad with champagne sauce|
|Lamb Rack - warm spring bean cassoulet with black garlic, cooked medium rare|
|Veal tenderloin - crispy sweetbreads, asparagus, wild mushrooms|
|Side 1 - Asparagus, quail eggs and fried prosciutto|
|Side 2 - COS with cos salad, chorizo and shaved cheese|
|Dessert 1 - warm couverture ganache, banana ice cream, hazel nut mousse|
|Warm chocolate poured on top of the ganache for melting effect|
|Dessert 2 Apple Pound Cake - Calvados Ice Cream, walnut crumble with golden raisin syrup|
|Dessert 3 - Honey Crunch: Clover Honey Parfait, ginger biscuit, honeycomb and cinnamon|
|Dessert 4 - Passion-fruit cream, macadamia financier, mango sorbet and dried coconut|