Monday, 25 July 2016

Restaurant Hubert, Sydney CBD

Hubert. YAAAS.
Pommes Anna from Restaurant Hubert

We knew we were in for an amazing dinner once we stepped in. Hubert's entrance is truly something; dimmed-lighted staircase with extensive display of miniature spirit bottles. Dust and all.

The dining room is intimate, with candlelight, wine glasses, the timber-dominated interior, and a grand piano on one corner.

And of course, don't forget the basket full of bread and a tub of butter. We kept asking for more.

Bread & butter

Just to note, it is better to get some people to dine with you so the whole menu can be explored. We had 6 sitting around the table and the bill came for $75 pp. We also had some wine and cocktails.

We started off with oeufs en gelee, to which I am skeptical at first, because I am not the biggest fan of jelly. Turned out, the flavours were intricate and just as beautiful as it looked. The bonito jelly had lovely umami flavour that was accompanied with creamy yolk and salty roe.

Oeufs en gelee (soft egg yolk, bonito jelly, trout roe, avruga) - $15

The malakoff was so sublime we had to order a second one after taking one bite. If there's anything you remember from reading this post: ORDER ONE EACH OF THIS THING.

The cheesy, slightly crispy gruyere dome is filled with sharp mustard and melty gruyere. It was rich, gloriously cheesy, and stretchy. Grab the pickle on the side to cut through the cheese.

Malakoff (fried gruyere, Dijon mustard, dill pickle) - $14

How cute are the rabbit-shaped croutons?

The rabbit rilettes with pork fat was not as fatty as I had expected, the flavour was mild but still enjoyable, especially with the crunchy croutons.

Rabbit rilletes with pork fat

What the pickled octopus lacked in flavour, it made up with gorgeous tender flesh, just mildly seasoned with olive oil and espelette (pepper).

Pickled octopus (octopus, kiffler potato, espelette) - $18

Ah, the Pommes Anna. Where do I start?

The whole dish was just perfect. The layered potato cubes were absolutely pretty and golden, and despite the appearance of the creamy beurre blanc sauce, they were not soggy at all. The layers were visible and easily separated, and the edges were satisfyingly crunchy. The addition of the black truffle ($5) was very welcomed.

Pommes Anna (layered potato, beurre blanc) - $12

This was not just another chicken dish. Chicken fricassee involved a whole chicken that had been brined, dried, steamed, and deep-fried, and served whole. Literally, from head to toenails. Not only it had show-stopping presentation, it was ridiculously tasty too.

The flesh was juicy and flavoursome, and the skin was crispy. Even the breast pieces were juicy and tender, something that does not always happen with chicken dishes. The gravy-like sauce was perfect with the table bread.

Chicken fricassee (whole chicken, mushroom, tarragon sauce) - $72

The cote de beauf was almost just as awesome, with that beautiful protein cooked to perfection. It was slightly smoky with gratifying charred edges and tender, succulent meat. We would love the whole roasted garlic more if it was softer but it was delightful still.

Cote de boeuf (1kg Grilled Rangers Valley rib eye, garlic, sauce choron) - $135

The mushroom au poivre was a great addition, something simple but very enjoyable. The mushrooms were juicy, and the peppercorn sauce was perfect to be scooped with table bread.

Mushroom au poivre (confit field mushroom & peppercorn sauce) - $23

We were stuffed beyond measure but there came the extra stomachs for dessert. There is always something satisfying about saying 'one of each, please'.

They are all hard to pronounce, but the chocolate choux pastry with hazelnut cream was not hard to devour at all, although the choux was slightly on the dry side for me.

Beligeusu au chocolat (choux pastry, hazelnut cream, chocolate) - $14

The creme caramel was silky smooth, with sweet notes, and strong egg-y flavour.

Creme caramel (egg custard, bitter caramel) - $18

The melon en surprise was the favourite among the three, with delicious creamy young coconut sorbet, sweet and juicy melon flesh that tasted similar like honeydew, and tangy pops of the finger lime.

Melon en surprise (Santa Claus melon, finger lime, sorrel jelly, young coconut sorbet) - $22

The desserts scored average on my book, but damn those entrees and mains. I would be back even just for the Pommes Anna.


Currency: $1 = IDR 9,200

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Awesome food, impeccable service, price is on the higher side but reasonable with what we get, ambiance is intimate and lovely.



15 Bligh St, Sydney
NSW 2000

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Monday, 4 July 2016

Bar Brosé, Darlinghurst

Bad lighting, great food.
Ox tongue & mushroom from Bar Brose

Who cares about the lightning when you have a ridiculously creamy, seriously addictive strands of pasta. But we'll get to this later.

Bar Brosé will somehow remind you of ACME, and that's partly because Analiese Gregory is running the kitchen. She has previously also played in ACME's kitchen.

Finding the place is just like finding every good thing; it is not that easy. Only because I have familiarized myself with it's logo that I managed to find it quite quickly.

Bar Brose interior

The interior is gorgeously elegant with modern furnitures, with direct view to either the kitchen (front seating) or the bar (back seating). I chose the middle part where I could see the kitchen plus stole a bit of its lightning.

Open kitchen - head chef Analiese Gregory

It was a dinner of celebration, and hence I had all the power to choose the dishes that night. We started with comté gougère, which seemed like an absurdly fluffy warm cheesy cloud. Any person who has sunk their teeth into one of these babies will agree.

Comté gougère - $6 ea

Having a huge soft spot for deep fried thing, blooming onion was solid on my list. The onion was deep fried until golden brown and resembled a flower. It was seasoned perfectly with sweet onion layers inside the crispy batter. The accompanying sauce had a nice spicy kick in it.

Blooming onion - $12

We said yes to the waitress' recommendation of the night's special: the smoked ox tongue and mushroom. The picturesque plate had extremely tender, slightly briny smoked ox tongue pastrami with combination of fermented and raw shiitake mushrooms on top of it, finished with even smokier, slightly earthy and sweet sauce.

The pastrami contained just enough fat - not too much that it lingered on the roof of the mouth for too long. The sauce sliced through the fattiness and gave it an extra layer of flavour.

Ox tongue & mushroom - $16

We had to ask the waitress what Poulet au Vin Jaune d’Australie was, and the chicken had certainly gone through complicated various cooking processes. Brined with salt water, cooked in water bath, then finished on the pan with the stock, yellow wine (skin contact wine - wine made with skin contact), and sherry. It was served with mushroom, foei gras butter, cream, and chicken skin.

The golden sheets on top were crispy chicken skin - almost as thin as paper. The chicken was probably the juiciest chicken I have ever had, succulent and absolutely bursting with flavour. The foie gras butter ended every mouthful with a bang.

Poulet au Vin Jaune d’Australie - $32 (half)

But we all know we need some carbs for the night. The bowl of spaghetti with Tasmanian uni (sea urchin), creme fraiche, and fennel was not a big one, but it was quite filling. While the guy found the dish too rich, it was not the case with me.

Every hair of that spaghetti was coated perfectly with a creamy, slightly salty uni cream, and the zing from the creme fraiche prevented it from being overly heavy. Some breadcrumbs on top added texture too. It was lip-smacking and very addictive.

Homemade spaghetti with Tasmanian sea urchin, creme fraiche, and fennel - $20

Usually, I wouldn't order a dessert that may confuse my tastebuds, but I just had to order the crisp potato, brown butter, and salted caramel. It came rather impressive, an incredibly thin potato sheets sandwiching brown butter mousse.

Crisp potato, brown butter mousse, salted caramel - $12

The potato sheets were almost like pastry - cracks easily on the force of the spoon. My first mouthful was a wee bit confusing, I tasted fried potato aftertaste that I usually associate with savoury chips. And then the smooth, creamy brown butter mousse flavour came like a wave, overpowering the potato chips'.

The next mouthfuls got better and better, as by now the crisp potato layer acted mostly as a texture contrast. Where's the salted caramel, you ask? It was nesting inside the mousse, making it even more interesting and delicious.

It was quirky, but it worked very well.

Crisp potato, brown butter mousse, salted caramel

Just to add, get the bartender to introduce you to an amazing bottle of yuzu liquor. I still regretted that I didn't take his offer to get me a glass of it.


Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Great dishes, price is slightly on the exxy side but still reasonable, service is friendly and accommodating, ambiance is cosy.

Currency: $1 = IDR 9,200



231A Victoria St
NSW 2010

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Wild Pear Cafe, Dural

It is not as wild as it sounds.
Ricotta & rhubard brulee tart from Wild Pear Cafe

But Wild Pear Cafe in Dural is pretty tasty.

The little yet well-known cafe is located among orchards and nurseries in the lovely environment of Dural, and next to it is a colourful pots shop that almost distracts us from the reason we were there. The interior is nicely designed, with homey ambiance and friendly service.

We were seated on the veranda, which has great nursery view and even more relaxed vibe.


We started off with drinks; while I did not try the guy's cappuccino, my chai tea was fragrant and warming in that particular windy day.


Chai tea

I was skeptic of the chicken quinoa salad, mostly because I can't even pronounce quinoa, but it came onto the table looking marvelous with the bright colours. The plate contains a lot of bursts of spicy flavour, which I suspect come from ras el hanout, a spice mix originated from North Africa. The dish is well balanced and the tender, smoky chicken is another bonus.

Chicken quinoa salad (with beetroot, ras el hanout, currants, pine nuts, yoghurt & pomegranate dressing) - $23.9

This is very unexpected, but my beef burger is sadly less exciting. There are melted cheese and bacon, which are two main things needed in a burger, but unfortunately the bun as well as the patty is slightly too dry to my liking, and even the tasty onion relish and mustard cannot do much for them.

Chunky chips served in a mini deep-frying basket, however, are always a welcomed sight.

Beef burger (with cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion relish, mustard aioli, and chips) - $21.9

Their dessert realm is on another whole new level though. The dessert menu seems to change regularly judging from their Instagram page, although some items such as the Turkish delight smashed pavlova appears more often.

That day we settled on the ricotta & rhubarb brulee tart with thyme syrup, meringue, ice cream, and fresh figs. 

Ricotta & rhubarb brulee tart with fresh figs, meringue, thyme syrup, and ice cream

Not only it is picturesque, it gains strong points for taste too. The pastry is short, a perfect vehicle for the creamy, tangy filling of ricotta & rhubarb. Satisfactory crack comes from the torched sugar layer on top, and the syrup adds more sweetness with delicious aroma.

The plump and juicy fresh figs are also an absolute winner, and they are sourced from local farms.


Great nurseries, farms, and killer views - and now that we have discovered good cafes; Dural may have gained a new regular visitor.


Rating: 3/5 (Worth the try)
Great dessert, nice selection of dishes, service is attentive, price is OK, ambiance is great with lovely environment.

Currency: $1 = IDR 9,200



658 Old Northern Rd
Dural NSW 2158

Phone: (02) 9651 6600

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