Last week we had the opportunity to go for dinner at Tetsuya’s with some friends from overseas. Our little group consisted of 5 and we were in for a great night of dining.

The evening started with a torrential down pour around five, which meant that I had to wade through a stream (otherwise known as our street) to get to the bus stop. Thankfully it settled down to a drizzle by the time I got off the bus at QVB.

We met our first dining companion at Zeta Bar for a pre dinner drink and then made our way over to Tetsuya’s and were joined by our other two companions.

Our waiter bought us over a complementary glass of Larmandier-Bernier Champagne to get the night rolling and explained the extras we might have if we so desired. The guys ordered the oysters as Asi and Luke hadn’t tried Pacific oysters which happened to be from South Australia. Tetsuya’s serves a 9 course degustation menu which you can have with your own choice of wines or you can opt for the matched wines, which is what we decided to do.

The bread with truffle butter was so good we all had seconds:

Bread roll with truffle butter. Yum!!!

Our courses were

Corn soup with soy cream

Pacific Oysters with rice vinegar and ginger

Savoury custard with sea urchin

Sashimi of king fish with blackbean and orange

Confit of Petuna ocean trout with shaved fennel and unpasteurised ocean trout caviar

Confit of Petuna Ocean Trout

Steamed Queensland spanner crab with bean curd, foie gras and junsai

Braised veal shank with broad beans and smoked bone marrow

(Alternative: Olive oil poached Bonito with onion petals)

Breast of quail with paleta iberico and garlic puree

Seared fillet of Cape Grim beef with wasabi and braised mustard seeds

(Alternative: De-boned rack of lamb with eggplant, white miso and blue cheese)

Hay infused ice cream with sorrel granita and bread and butter pudding

Chocolate pave with cream cheese ice cream and cinnamon twigs

Pave of chocolate with Cream cheese ice cream

Macarons

The wines we had were a great selection and included one sake:

Tamano Hikari Tokusen Junmai Ginjo Sake, Kyoto, Japan

2009 Grosset Springvale Riesling, Clare Valley, SA

2008 Pierro Chardonnay for Tetsuya’s, Margaret River, WA

2008 Felton Road Pinot Noir for Tetsuya’s, Central Otago, NZ

2006 Torbreck Mataro for Tetsuya’s, Barossa Valley, SA

2010 Heggies Botrytis Riesling, Eden Valley, SA

Seppeltsfield Cellar No. 6 Tokay, Rutherglen, Vic

Asi, Alex and Luke

During dinner we able to grill two of our friends on where to eat in New York in preparation for our trip next year. Great to quiz the locals on what restaurants to go to, which to avoid and things to do and see that we might not have thought of. After a fabulous dinner with great company we headed home as poor Rene had a 6am flight.