What a wonderful place for absolutely any events!! from romantic dinners to weddings to the Asian Gala Dinner event on 8 Feb 2017. The view was absolutely gorgeous. Such an honoured to attend such a well organised event to dine during such a beautiful sunset setting. Having never been the 89th Floor – I’d never realised Melbourne by night is so beautiful.
Menu and thoughts:
Canapes on arrival: Sesame seared tuna with yuzu, pineapple, chilli & coriander salsa and Steam prawn dumpling. I loved the presentations of these mini-bite size delights. The flavours of the the seared tuna complemented each other and the tuna was seared to perfection. The steamed dumplings was juicy and steamed very well.
Shared entrees to the table: Spanner crab with lime & seaweed cracker, Crispy duck with watercress plum sauce, Tasmanian oyster with ginger dashi dressing and Seared scallops with black bean sauce. My absolute favourite would have to be the duck with the plum sauce. The dish was presented beautifully and the flavour was definitely en point for the CNY theme.
Main course – Master stock braised chicken with shitaki mushroom & black rice crisps and Barramundi with asian noodles. Alternating between eating the two with my partner, I must say both dishes were presented beautifully on the glazed plate. The chicken was moist and tender and the black rice surprisingly was not as plain as I thought it would be. Likewise for the fish, cooked to perfection with a slight crispy skin on top. Both dishes however lacked the sauce element. It was agreed around the table that a good gravy or fruit sauce would have completed both dishes.
Dessert – Coconut pannacotta with mango textures and freeze dried passion fruit Poached fruit with lychee & coconut ice cream. Although both looked like artworks, unfortunately I found that both desserts had way too much ingredients on the plate. It’s nice sometime to have less then more for me. The sweet and sour and creamy flavours were too confusing for my amateur pallette.
But overall a very enjoyable meal with great company!! Thank You to the teams for the great communications and services (Eureka 89 team and the event organisers) from the get go to the end of the night.
“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate .” ~ Julia Child
Till next time
| Courtesy tickets from RACV for the Asian Gala Dinner 2017 event. Opinions are my own. |