All I can say in answer to that is, thank goodness for mightily persuasive friends. (I'm looking at you Andrew!). And thank goodness for truffle butter on a piece of wholemeal bread. The butter was so good that le hubby just did away with the bread and ate it as it was after a while.
The first dish to arrive was the savory custard with avruga; to be known hereby as the smoothest, most luxurious chawan mushi I'd ever tasted to date. It quite literally melted completely in my mouth. I believe I also speak for both my dining companions when I said that.
We had the carpaccio of snapper with umeboshi next. While I remember that it did taste good at the time, the flavors proved to be entirely forgettable. And this was just from the fact that none of us raved or even mentioned it afterwards.
Have I mentioned that I was slightly allergic to scampi? I am quite flummoxed as to why, because I have always been (and still am) able to eat every other type of shellfish with no problem whatsoever. Every time I eat scampi, my lips will swell up and there will be a tightness in my throat and chest. Which is a total shame, as I really, really love scampi! Tetsuya's marinated scampi with walnut oil and egg was absolute perfection; sweetness and flavors that just exploded in your mouth!
But boy, did I pay dearly for it for about half an hour or so.
Couldn't resist rubbing my hands in glee when I saw the famous slab of ocean trout being brought to our table. Oh hey, we finally met, confit of Petuna ocean trout (accompaniments not too important as they didn't bring much to the dish imo)! Jason loved this to bits, heaping praises after praises upon it about how everything went very well together. To me though, it didn't quite live up to the hype. Don't get me wrong; it was good but it just wasn't as mind-blowing as you'd think.
First hot dish of the night was the slow cooked flounder with yam and scallop gnocchi. A solid one with tender slices of flounder in an addictive savory sauce. The latter more than made up for the mild tastes of the former.
The roasted partridge with chestnut risotto and nettle was hands-down my favorite of the night. Not only was it as tender as a well-cooked chicken, it also won in the flavors department! The accompaniments complemented each other really well in terms of their flavors and textures. I especially enjoyed the chestnut risotto.
Do you like kebab? If you do, you'll probably like the lamb backstrap with jerusalem artichoke and pumpkin seed yogurt. Not that it was a bad thing, really, that it tasted like Middle Eastern street food as it was delicious! That just means that it was done right in my books. :)
Was looking forward to their chocolate cake. Andrew said it was surprisingly light.
If he meant it as light in the "effortless to eat" sense, then yes, it was light alright. I thought it was one of the best chocolate cakes I'd tried. This was definitely chocolate cake done right; creamy and super decadent with its multitude of different textures and... Oh, just take my word for it, it was the perfect chocolate cake.
We have finally come to an end of the blog post with the petit fours of yuzu macarons and caramel-filled chocolate truffles. I couldn't care for the yuzu macarons but absolutely loved the chocolate truffles (refer to title of blog for reason why).
Worth a visit. But not unlike Quay, once is probably enough for me. :)