‘Cause I see a lady tonight who is havin’ a baby- ok not the exact lyrics to the song, but forgive me! It sort of fits with this post…
Yellow: It’s the name of The Runner’s favorite Coldplay song and the name of a not so new vegetarian restaurant in Potts Point.
Normally, when someone brings up dining at a vegetarian or vegan restaurant I turn up my nose and immediately start thinking of reasons why I can’t go- (organising a wine rack? washing my hair? writing a blog post? Laundry? Any excuse that seems slightly plausible will do!) It’s not that I’m anti-vegetable or anti-vegetarian- I love vegetables (even beetroot on certain occasions) and we tend to have a good mix of plant based and meat based dishes during the week at home. We’ve been vegan and vegetarian during our 30 day challenges, but for some reason I tend to associate Vegetarian/Vegan restaurants with boring beans with tofu and a clientele who look like they should be playing hacky sack on the quad rather than sophisticated, urbane diners.
I was super lucky last week and got to have two of the best meals ever. Well, it was my birthday which is always my favorite time of year, mainly because it’s great to get close friends in the same room at the same time. This year’s birthday lunch was at ACME. It was wonderful, 15 of my closest girlfriends and I enjoying a delicious meal together. As I’ve mentioned before ACME is a fantastic Sydney restaurant and I highly recommend it if you’re in town.
However, as wonderful as my birthday lunch was, the highlight was my birthday dinner. It wasn’t just a highlight of my birthday, it was probably the highlight of my year (or even decade of food). It crossed off a major tick on my Foodie Bucket List and was one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten. As it should be—we went to Sepia- and had all 12 courses- with matching wines.
2016 may only be 9 days old, but already it has been eventful. Hands down, the best thing that’s happened all year was going to Ms Gs for dinner.
For those of you who live in Sydney and have never been, go there immediately. If you don’t live in Sydney, get here immediately- I’ll pick you up from the airport and we’ll go there.
Ms Gs is one of the many restaurants owned by the Merivale Group in Sydney. It can best be described as Funky Pan-Asian Fusion. Head Chef Dan Hong has created a menu that blends his Vietnamese heritage with his classical training and urban 30-something personality- the result is mind blowingly delicious.
I know I’ve had a good meal when I’m too busy eating to take pictures of what I’m meeting—and I’m not sorry to say, I have no pictures to share with you. We had some of The Runner’s family in town from Ireland and we used their visit as an opportunity to go back to Ms Gs and to get the banquet. For $65pp you get 11 different dishes to share- I definitely recommend it if you’re a party of 4 or more. It made ordering easy even if some of the dishes may have been a bit “challenging” on paper—I mean really, “burrata, strange flavour style” hardly sounds like something to order if you’re a conservative diner (spoiler alert- everyone loved it!) Every course was a beautiful marriage of flavour and texture, beautifully balanced and really different to anything to what I’ve had at other restaurants.
However, one dish stole the show. The Cheeseburger Spring Rolls. I know what you’re thinking and no, it’s not a typo. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like. It’s literally an Asian style spring roll with a cheeseburger filling- and it is fantastic! It’s a true fusion dish- east meets west at its finest. When you see them, they look like spring rolls; when you smell them, they smell like a cheeseburger. Continue reading
So my laptop is in the hospital at the moment- the computer hospital that is- so until it comes back, I can’t tell you all about our amazing adventures…..
Stay tuned, it will be worth the wait!
For now, salivate over last night’s dinner.
I didn’t cook it- we went to The bridge room in Sydney! Amazing, understated location but amazing food! Two hats according to the Sydney Morning Herald and the chef has won loads of awards- google it!