Tetsuya's is one of those special occasion restaurants that you just have to tick off your 'food bucket list', my birthday was a good of an excuse as any to go for a long and leisurely Saturday lunch.
Lovely sourdough to start the meal off with the infamous truffled butter slathered on for good measure.
Amuse bouche -
Chilled pea soup with bitter chocolate sorbet
This was an interesting concept, I liked the flavoursome chilled pea soup, but did particularly like (or get) the bitter chocolate sorbet component.
Overlooking the beautiful Japanese garden outside the restaurant
Savoury custard with avruga
This on the other hand, was amazing. The custard was like silk and melted in my mouth.
Salad of kingfish with blackbean and orange
Fresh sashimi of kingfish paired nicely with zesty orange flavours
New Zealand scampi with chicken liver parfait and walnut vinaigrette
Confit of Petuna ocean trout with fennel, unpasteurised ocean trout caviar
The signature Tetsuya's dish.
Steamed tian of Queensland spanner crab with curd, foie grais, junsai
Roasted breast of quail with quail leg rillettes
Seared fillet of grass-fed Cape grim beef with wasabi and braised mustard seeds
Pear sorbet, Bread and butter pudding
What's better than one dessert? 2 in 1, of course!
Floating island with praline and creme anglaise
This was such a heavenly and light dessert, with fluffy meringue under the delicious praline and creme anglaise
Petit fours - truffles and pink macarons
I don't know if it's the extremely high expectations I had for Tetsuya's, but I'm not quite sure it lived up to them. The meal was great, and the service was impeccable, but I wasn't blown away.