Melbourne – 3/16/18 – Cumulus and Lee Ho Fook

Cumulus
I could eat lunch here everyday!

marinated cucumbers, finger lime & buckwheat

raw fish, kohlrabi, creme fraiche & pink peppercorns

charred broccolini, black barley, tahini & barberries

Le Hoo Fook
Yet another great meal in Melbourne. I loved everything and only wish I could have ordered more.

raw hiramasa kingfish, ginger pickled kohlrabi, spring onion dressing


Buddha’s delight – charred sweet corn, garlic stem, peanuts and smoked daikon sang choi bao

duck

Birregurra, AU – 3/15/18 – Brae

In this case I think the pictures speak for themselves. Beyond gorgeous. Stunning drive from Melbourne, fabulous guest suites, and a fantastic dinner.








bonito cured overnight with kelp and mountain pepper

prawn, nasturtium and finger lime

Brae farm vegetables and grilled green tomato juice

herb toast and sea urchin
eggplant and salt grass lamb washed with sweet onion juice, fragrant and acidic plants

smoked eel doughnut

barbecued beetroot seasoned with Brae farm honey and rainbow trout roe

iced oyster

hapuku, cucumber and fermented cabbage, pressed chives and yoghurt whey

crayfish and shiitake with Brae farm egg yolk, meat broth and seaweeds

Sommerlad chicken wood roasted on the bone, zucchini ‘nose to tail’

today’s tomatoes



strawberry gum ice cream and frozen passionfruit

parsnip and apple

early autumn fruit from Brae farm and surrounding orchards

baked meringue and macadamia with ridiculously good cream

rhubarb and pistachio, blood and preserved blackberry

Sydney – 3/11/18 – Saint Peter and Quay

Saint Peter
My first meal on this trip was off to a good start with a G&T with my favorite gin – Four Pillars – which I would go on to drink at every opportunity.  I am so glad that I managed to fit this in and a bit mad that I didn’t come back everyday for lunch as it was that good.


raw diced 10 day aged Mooloolaba broadbill, sour onion & egg yolk

BBQ Coorong pipis, burnt tomato, lemon thyme & garlic mayonnaise

Berry’s creek blue cheese VIC

Quay
Is there another restaurant that has a more spectacular view?  This was overall such a lovely experience and I am so glad I got to try the famous snow egg right before it was taken off of the menu.

Another Four Pillars G&T with an opera house backdrop.

And extra course that unfortunately I can’t remember

new season muntries, sheep’s milk feta, sour cucumber, herbs, pistachios, verjus

congee of hand dived scallops, heart of palm, black vinegar laver

bread & butter

slow cooked quail, fermented mushroom custard, green walnuts, brioche porridge, seed crackling

smoked confit pig jowl, southern squid, shaved shiitake, sea cucumber crackling

steamed coral trout, heirloom radishes, sake, lemon

Arkady lamb, barletta onions, ice plant, oca, lemon puree, roasted hemp seed

snow egg

oloroso caramel, muscovado, dulcet, muscatel, walnut