Modern Asian fusion with Japanese, Korean and Thai influences. Decor is ultra modern, which means lots of hard surfaces and a corresponding level of noise. It's a funky look but chairs are hard (Unless you're lucky enough to snare a seat on the padded bench along the wall) and it's definitely not a place for romance. We went with a group of ten and the party type atmosphere suited us just fine.
Because of the size of our group, we were placed in the Bistro/Bar area and had to order our meals from the bar. Staff were very friendly and extremely helpful, but full table service might have been expected, given the prices.
At first glance, the prices look high and its hard to judge how much food to order. The menu offers a selection of "small plates" (most plates under $20 each) and a further selection of large plates( $34 to $42) and its obviously designed to share. Between three of us down one end of the table, we ordered Crispy Pork Hock (3 cm cubes of pure indulgence) and Grilled Prawns from the small plate menu and the Lamb Mussaman Curry (a shoulder joint in a huge bowl of curry sauce with veg and small slices of potato) and Black Angus Short Rib with soy caramel and Wombok Slaw from the large plate Menu ($120 in total). The food was fantastic and I would recommend any of the dishes. The flavours are strong and the "fusion" actually works, with dishes like none I've tasted anywhere else. As it turns out, there was way too much food for the three of us, so the value for money at $40 each was pretty good.This isn't food that takes 10 minutes to cook in a wok and you can appreciate the effort and quality ingredients that went into each of the dishes.
I also followed up with a desert of vanilla and coconut panacotta with rasberry "cloud", palm suger jelly and basil salad. The panacotta was superb; smooth and creamy with small slices of fresh coconut on the base and went beautifully with the rasberry cloud (I think an aerated rasberry coulie). The palm suger jelly wasn't jelly; it was well over gelatinised which left us with beads of hard chewy stuff that wasn't pleasant to taste and the texture was awful, as were the small white pieces of what appeared to be a really bland candy stick. The basil salad ingredients could also have been left in the kitchen for me. Fresh basil gave a really good herb hit, but the flavours just didn't gell with the panacotta and rasberry. This was probably one case of being a little too clever with the fusion and I think the panacotta and rasberry made a great desert without the weird extras.
Great Food with a difference and some real creativity in the menu
Great looking place with funky modern decor
Friendly, helpful staff
fast service and fair value for money
Overall a really enjoyable night and we'll definitely go back when next we have a group dinner.
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