Friday, January 8, 2010

13-course Degustation at Tetsuya's


Rumour has it that the waiting list at Tetsuya’s is up to six months. So lady luck was definitely on our side when we managed to secure a table merely a week before our 10th anniversary lunch.

Oh, in case you are wondering, I suggested lunch instead of dinner because, well, there’s more time for the digestive system to work through thirteen courses. It turned out that Mr foodwink did not need the additional time, but more on that later.

Back to one of the top restaurants in the world. After starting off with some French champagne, thirteen dishes soon marched from the kitchen. One by one they came, each impeccably prepared and plated:
1. Soup of chestnut mushroom & cepe with shaved mushrooms
2. Smoked ocean trout & aruga caviar
3. Leek & crab custard
4. Marinated crystal bay prawns with soy caramel
5. Confit of petuna tasmanian ocean trout with konbu, apple, daikon & wasabi seasonal green salad
6. Terrine of Queensland spanner crab with avocado
7. Grilled fillet of barramundi with braised baby fennel
8. Breast of duck with beetroot treviso & black pepperberry
9. Seared fillet of veal with wasabi butter
10. Cannellini beans with mascapone
11. Green apple sorbet with sauternes jelly and caramelised apple with calvados & vanilla ice cream
12. Lemon scented floating island with vanilla bean anglaise
13. Chocolate ganache with green tea & red beans
14. Coffee & petit four

One of our favourite courses was no 6 – the terrine of spanner crab was silky and the avocado cream underneath highlighted the sweetness of the crab like a best supporting actor. While waiting for the next course, my thoughts momentarily went out to the kichenhands who diligently extracted enough crab meat for our terrines.

Tetsuya’s signature dish was good, but the let down for us was the salty konbu on top. However, there’s no doubt that the ocean trout was perfectly confited (in olive oil and grapeseed oil at low heat) and the interplay between the ocean trout and the shredded daikon and apple was meticulously calculated.

Desserts came 11 courses later, all three of them being some of the best that I’ve had (hello Zumbo). The meal drew to a perfect close with the chocolate ganache, my favourite dessert of the three. Okay, I just love anything with green tea and red bean.

So, you may want to know: at $195 a pop, is it worth it? What I find amazing is Mr Wakuda’s ability to hit that perfect balance between textures, flavours and colours like a French artisan. Perhaps the meal would have been perfect had there been more surprises. Mr foodwink reminded me that perhaps we had set our expectations too high. I relunctantly concurred.

Oh, back to the talk on digestive system. The combination of French champagne with 13 courses proved too rich for Mr foodwink. He threw up THE ENTIRE MEAL after we left Tetsuya’s. I did feel bad for the poor chap, but boy, our 10th anniversary was definitely memorable.

TETSUYA’S RESTAURANT
529 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000
+61 2 9267 2900
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10 comment(s):

joey@FoodiePop January 16, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Six months waiting list? You have to be kidding! Anyway, great post and photos. I enjoyed Tetsuya's but I've enjoyed others more, but it's still great food and ambience (except for that bloody noisy table next to us!).

foodwink January 17, 2010 at 8:55 AM  

I agree joey@foodiepop - not the best meal of my life despite the price tag. But then again, my expectations were probably set too high.

Renita (the raw noodle) January 20, 2010 at 4:23 PM  

Oh I am still yet to dine at Tetsuya's! I never get around to making a booking, knowing that there is always a long waiting list!

Nice blog by the way! :)

foodwink January 21, 2010 at 12:46 AM  

Renita, thanks for dropping by :) I think fellow foodies should try Tetsuya's at least once!

Simon Food Favourites January 21, 2010 at 6:07 PM  

i've been once before and hope to revisit again. i can't believe it all came back up :-( oh well, at least it didn't add any weight to the tummy :-) i wonder how it'll compare to Marque's and Sepia degustations

foodwink January 21, 2010 at 9:22 PM  

Hi Simon - we're not in a hurry to revisit. Throwing up actually took as long as the degustation itself!

I would like to try Marque and Sepia as well. And Quay and Berowra Waters Inn.

p/s: thanks for being my first ever follower!!!

Fat Belly Club February 2, 2010 at 10:46 PM  

Ha,ha.. I can totally sympathise with Mr Foodwink. I went to Tetsuyas last year with my husband (also for our 10 year anniversary!!) and I nearly threw up as well. The food was absolutely fantastic (I liked the confit of tuna the most). However, I also ordered matching wines which went really well with the food but accelerated my journey from being 'full' to 'I'm going to be sick'. The tipping point for me was the decadent and rich chocolate ganache. By the time I reached the tea and petit fours I was feeling very sickly and needed to leave the restuarant asap to walk off dinner (I left my husband to pay the bill). And yes, my poor,poor husband walked all the way from Tetsuyas to Broadway with me (we live in the inner west)to assist in keeping my very expensive dinner in my stomach.

foodwink February 3, 2010 at 11:16 PM  

Hi FatBellyClub - Haha, at least the food stayed down in your case!

For mr foodwink, he was fine while having the degustation but felt sick as soon as we left :(

Trissa March 13, 2010 at 11:33 AM  

Oh my - poor Mr Foodwink!

Anonymous October 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM  

I have a comment to make and I know it won't be well received. I ate at Tetsuya's 4 months ago, and again last Friday night.
4 months ago, when it came time to delve into the dessert courses, I suddenly felt anxious. My heart started beating incredibly quickly and I felt like going to sleep. Sleep obviously wasn't an option at that moment so the next best thing that would make me feel better was to cry. My partner freaked out and said "Oh no! Dont cry!"... We went home immediately after the last course and I fell asleep and all was well.

Last Friday I went with a friend of mine. Dessert courses were about to start and the EXACT SAME THING happened to her. In fact, she felt so incredibly tired it was as if she had been drugged. She and I both do degustation with matching wines often, so we know that we werent drunk. On Friday we did not have matching wines, only 2 bottles, which we did not even finish as we had to get the bill and leave before dessert was even served.

I can't find any other blogs where these same comments have been made, but I wanted to let you all know...

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