Tetsuya's

Tetsuya's

The bottom line: Steep in price, but a great dinner for a special occasion (that you’re planning way in advance).Tetsuya Wakuda is a world class chef with a very schmancy restaurant in located in Sydney’s city center. Two things you need to know about this place: 1) It takes about 3 months to get a reservation there; 2) It’s $200 for an eleven course meal—plus another ~$100 if you want wine pairings.  So as they would say in Sydney, “it’s not cheap, mate.”But that being said, Tetsuya’s is one of those once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences. Despite being located in the heart of city, is that it has a sizable Japanese garden in the middle of it.  It’s a very quaint, modest-looking restaurant; a great place to for a quiet, delicious dinner.

The menu had a wide range of food, starting with seafood, moving on to meat, then ending with sweets. I think the thing that wowed me most about Tetsuya’s was that considering the range of food, everything was cooked perfectly.

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SEA URCHIN CUSTARD

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SASHIMI OF KINGFISH WITH BLACKBEAN AND ORANGE

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CONFIT PETUNA OCEAN TROUT WITH SHAVED FENNEL & UNPASTEURISED OCEAN TROUT CAVIAR
This is Tetsuya’s signature dish and it was a close second to my favorite thing on the menu. The seasoning on this looked like it would be kind of a coarse, crunchy salty seasoning but it was actually super fine and almost velvety.  It’s an absolute winner.

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GRILLED RED SNAPPER WITH PEPPERS AND NEW ZEALAND SCAMPI

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STEAMED QUEENSLAND SPANNER CRAB WITH BEAN CURD, FOIE GRAS & JUNSAI

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Each dining room faces this garden. An absolutely beautiful view.

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BREAST OF SPATCHCOCK WITH MANJIMUP TRUFFLE, NETTLES & HAZELNUT
I absolutely love spatchcock.  And this was just wow.

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SEARED LOIN OF VENISON WITH SALT-ROASTED BEETROOT
This was my absolute favorite thing on the menu. The venison was so juicy and tender.

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HAY-INFUSED ICE CREAM WITH SORREL GRANITA
Yes, that’s green.  I know it looks/sounds weird, but it was really good. Tetsuya isn’t horsing around with this first dessert.

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BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING & TARTE TATIN

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I forget the name of this CHOCOLATE CAKE but it was the best dessert of the lot.

Not shown: POTATO SOUP WITH CODDLED QUAIL EGG & AVRUGA

Would I go back? Definitely if someone else was paying and it was on a night when I wasn’t working the next day and could go through 11 wine pairings. Yes if I had a family member in from out of town who really wanted to go. Not necessarily if it was for a special occasion with some of my friends.

One of the most talked about elements of this restaurant is that, according to the Sydney Good Food Guide, it’s “only” two hats. Of the two hatted restaurants I’ve been to, this one is the best from a food standpoint. But considering the price and the very grown up atmosphere, I wouldn’t rank it my #1 Sydney restaurant.  However, if you’re looking for an uber classy dining experience, Tetsuya’s is a great choice.

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