Sepia was a restaurant that was talked about but we never quite made it to the door over the years. Finally, after being recommended a number of times we went to celebrate my birthday.
A ten course degustation meal that changes each Saturday night, ($160) plus optional wine pairing ($95). I really enjoyed the flavours, textures and aromas coming from each of the courses, and it was hard to pick a favourite. Roasted scampi tail with shellfish mousse, and butter poached squid with citrus scented ink are at the forefront of my memory though.
The signature dish of Chocolate Forest is a real stunner, even for a trained pastry chef like me. Tonight it was served with a raspberry sorbet and it was preceeded by two 'pre-desserts' of poached pear and a lemon verbena curd with alpine strawberry caramel (sounds good? tastes fantastic).
Although I skipped the wine pairing, those that didn't reported that it was exceptional and I have heard that Sepia has a wine list to envy. The Sommelier was very knowledgable about each wine, describing it's origin and processes, even for a non-alcoholic like me the information was interesting to listen to.
The interior of Sepia is comfortable, sleek, a little dark (lets call it 'mood lighting') and all the staff were very attentive and seemed genuinely happy to be there.
Degustations are always long but for the most part this one was relaxing and well timed. The only negative of the night for me was that the air conditioning was so cold that I had to leave the dining room a few times, but every time I went to come back in, I'd feel the cold from the dining room even before I reached the door.
All in all, a great experience that trumped the two times I have been to Tetsuya's, and the meals I've had at Marque and Quay. Not sure why we waited so long to go to this restaurant!
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