Momofuku Seiobo, Pyrmont

While I spent my actual 30th birthday in Fiji (side note: I highly recommend spending the Big 3-0 on a tropical island), the night before we flew off to Nadi, Eric took me to Momofuku for my birthday dinner. The 10-course meal is without a doubt in the Top 10 of my 2014 eating adventures.

First off, I love the casual vibe – there’s something cool about the space and there’s something awesomely satisfying about the voyeurism as you sit at the bar watching chefs cook for you. It’s also refreshing that there are no white tablecloths in sight and that the chefs serve you straight from the kitchen. No menu is provided at the start (but you get it at the end), and for each course a brief description is given by the chef.

The food is superb. I had heard mixed reviews, so I was a bit wary. But seriously… There are chicken butts with roe on top, there’s marron with a gutsy layer of pistachio and peas, and there’s an insanely good choux pastry filled with ewe’s curd paired with rose syrup. That last one is saying a lot because I don’t even like choux pastry – nor things containing roses.

The ultimate course for me is the scallop dumpling with a kombu and duck broth. Gawd, it’s so good, I still randomly dream about it. Delicate, full of umami, and there are even noodles hidden underneath. That’s a tick from this carb-lover. Eric’s favorite was the partridge with truffle and endive – it’s so, so tender and bursting with flavor.

The only downer was that the famous pork buns are no longer part of the degustation. On the upside this just means I’ll have to return to taste the bar menu (pork buns ahoy!).

Note: This meal was independently paid for, but our reduced wine pairing was complimentary due to a mix-up with the order of our courses.


Momofuku Seiobo
The Star, 80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont
Dinner Mon-Sat, Lunch Sat

The first round of snacks
The first round of snacks: crab and chickpea, zucchini and black garlic, sea urchin and furikake.
Still the first course of snacks: parson's nose, roe
Still the 1st course of snacks: crisp parson’s nose with roe on top.
1st course: cep (mushroom), hazelnut on toast
And still the 1st course: cep (mushroom) and hazelnut on toast is earthy and crunchy.
2nd course: scallop dumpling, kombu, duck broth, and noodles underneath
2nd course: scallop dumpling, kombu, duck broth, and noodles underneath – my favorite!
3rd course: Beef, radish, fermented black beans
3rd course: beef, radish, fermented black bean deliciousness
4th course: the marron, pea, and pistachio is a flavor party.
4th course: the marron, pea, and pistachio is a flavor party in my mouth.
5th course: john dory with broccoli, activated almonds, and lemon. I've decided I don't like activated almonds.
5th course: john dory with broccoli, activated almonds, and lemon. I’ve decided I don’t like activated almonds.
6th course: crazy delicate partridge with truffle and endive is another highlight.
6th course: crazy delicate partridge with truffle and endive is another highlight with umami galore.
7th course: duck, rye, and swede is probably the least memorable of the night.
7th course: duck, rye, and swede is probably the least memorable of the night.
8th course: stellar ewe's curd in a choux pastry with rose.
8th course: stellar ewe’s curd in a choux pastry with rose.
8th course: innards!
8th course: innards!
9th course: sweet corn meringue, chervil sorbet, anise on a blob of sweet corn custard.
9th course: sweet corn meringue, chervil sorbet, anise on a blob of sweet corn custard.
9th course: post-cracking of the meringue.
9th course: post-cracking of the meringue.
10th course: artichoke, pear, sunflower seeds, sunflower petals.
10th course: artichoke, pear, sunflower seeds, sunflower petals.
Petit fours: my first time trying a canelé, and I love the spongy, soft interior.
Petit fours: my first time trying a canelé, and I love the spongy, soft interior.
Petit fours: after I've bitten into the canelé! It's crunchy outside and soft inside.
Petit fours: after I’ve bitten into the canelé! It’s crunchy outside and soft inside.
Complimentary birthday cake: this is an INSANE chocolate mousse cake that we sadly couldn't finish :(
Complimentary birthday cake: this is an INSANE chocolate mousse cake that we sadly couldn’t finish 😦
And here's the menu, featuring my awesome burger nail art.
And here’s the menu, featuring awesome burger nail art by I Scream Nails.

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