My boss had called me early one morning and told me, “We’re sending you to Sydney next week.”
Before the phone call had even ended I got online, and made a booking at Momofuku Seiōbo via their web site. I had no idea when my flight was leaving, or where I would be staying when I got to Sydney, but I definitely knew where I would be having dinner on my first night in town.
Before making the booking I’d read about the buzz surrounding Momofuku in New York, and somehow recalled the fact that they’d opened a restaurant in Sydney. Other than this, I had no information about the place. I had no idea what kind of food they served, nor that I was sitting down to a 14 course degustation menu (15 courses if you include the large sachet of kimchi given to each patron as a parting gift).
As is usual of me and degustation meals, the food experience was somewhat of a blur, and it wasn’t until I looked at the photos that I remembered which dishes or elements I really liked.
Momofuku Seiōbo isn’t a place I’d be going to frequently, but I’m glad I went because it was an experience. However, if they started serving their steam buns as an a la carte menu item, that would be a different story.
Before I wrap up this post I’d like to say a big thanks to Dan, the chef/owner of Jazz City Diner and fellow solo diner, who really helped make my time at Momofuku Seiōbo incredibly memorable. Keep on living the dream my friend.
The Star 80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont, NSW 2009
02 9777 9000
Steamed Bun: pork, cucumber, hoisin
One of my favourite items on the menu. If you’re at all interested in making some of your own, try out this recipe at Epicurious
Shortrib: eggplant, arame
This shortrib could have been served on it’s own, with no accompaniments, and it still would have been the tastiest dish I have had in a very long time. There are no words that could express how good it’s flavours were.
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