FOOD is fashion . FASHION is food . a VICTIM of fashionable food*

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


"My passion is eating. More than taste... I love food.
I made a lot of things up along the way, and luckily for me, people like the way it tasted."

There has always been an unresolved debate as to whether Tetsuya's is really one of the best restaurants or just overrated. For me, Tetsuya Wakuda is an inspirational chef: achieving success despite an accidental meagre beginning; with respectable mentors Danny White, Armando Percuoco and Tony Bilson; and praised by some of the world's best chefs such as Ferran Adria and Heston Blumenthal.

I recall the first time I drove through those black iron gates in 2008, to which I was greeted by the valet parking attendant. After waiting six months for the reservation, I was extremely relieved that the long wait was finally over. So many expectations, yet also a fear of disappointment. As I walked up the stone steps into the main reception, coats were taken to the cloakroom and we were lead to our table. For the next five hours I would be taken on a "culinary journey", where the wait staff would seamlessly describe each ingredient in the dish and the cooking process involved. By the end of the thirteen course degustation, I was overwhelmed with happiness and a taste of satisfaction. It was one of my first fine dining experiences, so it was particularly memorable.

Since then I have had the privilege of dining at Tetsuya's two more times- yet I still feel like I am falling in love with the place again... and again. I was somewhat outraged when it only received Two Hats in 2010, but at the same time, I understand that the lack of menu change may be a fundamental flaw. Regardless, there is a special mystique associated with Tetsuya's and it shall always be Sydney's Holy Grail of food in my eyes.

Dishes I have sampled over the years:

The only white bread I eat, spread with Tetsuya's signature truffle butter.

Warm Chestnut Soup

Avocado Soup with Potato Ice Cream & Tonburi

Pacific Oysters with Rice Vinegar and Ginger

Sashimi of Kingfish with Blackbean and Orange

Grilled Scampi Wrapped in Pancetta, Scampi in Sea Water & Lemon Scented Olive Oil, and Marinated Scampi with White Miso and Passionfruit

Marinated NZ Scampi with Curd & Junsai

Main Courses
Signature Dish: 
Confit Petuna Ocean Trout with Konbu, Celery & Apple

Calamari with Squid Ink

Ravioli of Queensland Spanner Crab with Tomato & Basil Vinaigrette

Slow-Roasted Breast of Duck with Leek & Sansho

Fillet of Barramundi with Grilled Artichoke & Garlic Puree

Braised Ox Tail with Sea Cucumber & Yuzu

Seared Veal Fillet with Sea Urchin and Wasabi Butter

Cannellini Beans with Mascarpone and Soy Caramel

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with White Beans & Dates

Pear Sorbet and Bread & Butter Pudding

Nyoho Strawberries with Candied Pistachio & Enriched Cream

Chocolate Pave with Cream Cheese Ice Cream & Cinnamon Twigs

Dark Chocolate & Orange Crème Caramel

English Breakfast, Skim Latte & Macarons

... and Tetsuya's Pursuit of excellence continues*

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Tetsuya's Restaurant
529 Kent Street, Sydney
(02) 9267 2900
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