My top dishes of 2013

When a dish really impresses me I'll label it with a SIMON FAVOURITE :-) which means I'd happily order it again and recommend others to try. During the year I'll keep adding my favourite dishes (and drinks) to this page so it becomes a quick reference for anyone that is keen to try them. If you do try a dish that I recommend and you don't enjoy it please let me know. Please be aware restaurants do close down from time to time so the dishes I mention may possibly not be available if this is the case.


Ananas Bar & Brasserie, The Rocks (13 June 2013)
Snickers Revolution ($18) — good technique and texture, flavours work well together making it a very enjoyable dessert

Cornersmith, Marrickville (26 May 2013)
Poached egg roll with free range salami, quince aioli, pickled fennel & brussel slaw ($12) — great combination of fresh and tasty flavours, egg perfectly cooked, nice soft bun, mint goes well in the salad. Ordered as takeaway from friendly and efficient service. Watch out for the runny egg when eating as it can get messy.
est., CBD Sydney (5 Apr 2013)
Moreton Bay bug raviolo, snow pea, tomato, coriander, lemongrass & shellfish vinaigrette (March into Merivale 1 course $33, 2 course $55, 3 course $70 with a glass of wine) — nice presentation and excellent flavours

Palings, Ivy, CBD Sydney (25 Mar 2013)
David Blackmore skirt steak, stuffed peppers, green sauce (200g, wagyu, marble score 9+) ($38.50) — excellent flavour and outer crust, tender meat, decent size

Movida Sydney, Surry Hills (14 Mar 2013)
Churros con chocolate: Spanish Doughnuts with Rich Drinking Chocolate ($12.50) — melt in your mouth texture, good hit of smooth chocolate

Movida Sydney, Surry Hills (14 Mar 2013)
Rosita with Campari, Tequila, Vermouth, Bitters ($20) — great balance of flavour and lots of alcohol to satisfy

Méjico, CBD Sydney (12 Mar 2013)
Grilled Ocean Trout tacos - Chipotle mayonnaise. Pickled red cabbage. Jalapeño ($16, 3 pieces) — great flavour combination, very tasty, soft taco, nice chilli pop

Méjico, CBD Sydney (6 Mar 2013)
Pacific Scallops ceviche with Avocado, Pomegranate, Jalapeño, Crispy eschalots ($16) — nice fresh flavours, bite sized
Sepia, CBD Sydney (1 Mar 2013)
New Zealand scampi  cooked over Japanese charcoal,  sudachi lime shellfish mousse,  Japanese land seaweed — very nice flavours work well together

Universal, Darlinghurst (1 Mar 2013)
Gaytime goes nuts: honeycomb ice cream, caramel parfait, chocolate crunch, salted hazelnut caramel — great technique and combo of flavours and textures

Toko seasonal menu launch, Surry Hills (27 Feb 2013)
Seafood gyoza, ponzu, mache ($18.40) — visually appetising, nice flavour and technique

Rice Paper Vietnamese Cuisine, Newtown (3 Feb 2013)
Papaya Salad w- pork, prawn, fresh herbs & sprinkle fried onion, peanut & prawn crackers ($15) — good crackers, nice flavour, decent sized prawns

Chiswick, Woollahra (4 Jan 2013) 
Prawn popcorn, jalapeno sauce, iceberg ($12) — good flavour, crisp batter, nice with jalapeno

Sepia Restaurant, CBD Sydney (23 Nov 2012)
Grilled Western Australian marron tail, grain mustard and herb butter ($38) — cooked perfectly, easy to take out of shell, flavoursome, juicy, meat in claws if you try although watch out for spikes

Sepia Restaurant, CBD Sydney (23 Nov 2012)
Fried potato crisps seasoned with seaweed and mayonnaise ($16) — expensive but very good, nice flavour, thin, crisp, tasty


Unknown said...

Oh yum. Cracking list you've started putting up. I went to Sepia at the beginning of the year but it looks like the bar is as much of a destination as the restaurant itself.

Simon Leong said...

hi neil, i was quite impressed with the bar food that i was happy to try their degustation dinner.

Martine @ Chompchomp said...

Awesome list, looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring!

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