Montrachet inTetsuya's Cellar
There are somethings in life that really do exceed your expectations. Our lunch at Tetsuya's restaurant in Sydney was one of those occasions. Fortunately I made the reservation before it was listed as one of the top restaurants in the world. I had planned on taking notes and reporting every little detail. Then I decided the note taking was distracting and I would prefer to just eat and savour the sight, smell and taste of the food. Sometimes I even forgot to take a photograph until part way through the course.
Spread over three hours, lunch was a set degustation menu of 10 courses, costing A$175 a person. I wanted to keep a clear head and concentrate on the food so I decided against drinking wine . Before coffee was served I ordered a glass of champagne.
Flavours, textures and combinations were perfect. Tetsuya's signature dish, the Confit of Salmon was my favourite with the oeufs à la neige(with the chocolate and raspberry surprise in the centre) coming in second.
While Bryan was paying the bill the Maitre'd gave me a personal tour of the restaurant, explaining Tetsuya's art collection and finishing with a visit to the wine cellar. And to complete the day we discovered it was Tetsuya's birthday that day. How lucky were we to have Tetsuya cook for us on his birthday?
I expect every trip to Sydney will include a visit to Tetsuya's now.
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