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Jackpot and Mr Muscles celebrate one year at Sokyo!

Hello dear readers!

I am finally back with a new post. It’s been a very long time and I am finding it more and more difficult to find time to blog whilst juggling work, basketball and baking. But I’m hoping that I can still maintain this blog and let you guys all know what I have been up to whether it’s baking in the kitchen making new recipes and experimenting with new ingredients or visiting new cafes and restaurants when I can.

Mr Muscles and I celebrated our one year a few weeks ago. Mr Muscles decided to take me to Sokyo to celebrate our anniversary as he had never been before and was eager to try the food. I have been a few times and always thought the food was really well executed so I was excited to come back and try other dishes which I hadn’t tried before. Japanese food is also our go to food when we don’t know what we are in the mood to eat so we know that we will always enjoy our meal regardless as we both have a love for Japanese food more so now than we ever did before.

We booked dinner for a saturday night and the restaurant became quite full quite quickly despite us having a very early dinner booking. There were birthdays celebrated that night, a hen’ s night dinner and lots of families with their little children.

Mr Muscles and I decided to order various dishes that both of us had never tried before and we were really happy with the selection of dishes we chose as each dish did not disappoint.

Scallop Sashimi

Scallop Sashimi served with assorted tomatoes and herbs

This was a really nice dish and usually I don’t eat a lot of raw food but the scallop sashimi was cut very finely and the tomatoes paired wonderfully with the scallops.

Tamago

Tamago

Mr Muscles knows how much I love eating tamago (egg omelette) whenever we go to Japanese restaurants so he ordered this for me. This was unlike anything I had eaten before mainly because it reminded me of a soft fluffy cake almost and not the firm texture in the omelette that I am used to eating. It was soft and melted in your mouth with each bite and I ended up eating most of this as Mr Muscles gave me his share.

Sashimi Salad

Sashimi Salad

Mr Muscles wanted to order a salad so we ended up getting the sashimi salad. I don’t really eat raw food so Mr Muscles ended up eating most of this. The salad itself was quite spicy from the chilli paste but I enjoyed the cherry tomatoes in this dish nonetheless.

Beef Short Rib

Robata – beef short rib, caramelised eschalots served with teriyaki sauce

I don’t usually eat much meat but this dish was really good. The beef melted in your mouth with each bite and it was so tender that Mr Muscles and I ended up eating this dish really quickly. It was rich in flavour but so wonderfully moreish.

Miso Cod

Caramelised Miso Cod served with Japanese Salsa and Cucumber Salad

I had heard that the Miso Cod was one of their stand out dishes so I knew I wanted to order this dish. We were not disappointed as the Miso cod was rich in flavour and also melted in your mouth with each bite as each piece fell apart easily. The cucumber salad cut through all the richness which paired really well with the fish. It was a really well executed dish which Mr Muscles and I enjoyed thoroughly.

Queensland Roll

Queensland Roll

We ordered the Queensland Roll which came out last for the savoury dishes and we were not disappointed by this choice. The sushi rolls were covered in rice paper instead of the normal seaweed which I thought was a really nice change and topped with avocado. It was such a wonderful dish that I really probably could have eaten two plates of this. Definitely something I will order again when I visit the restaurant again next time.

Tasting Plate at Sokyo

The Dessert Sampler: Yamazaki Caramel Macchiato (coffee ice cream, cocoa nibs and whisky foam), Sokyo’s Mochi Ice Cream (Yatsuhashi Kyoto mocha with frozen strawberry milkshake), Goma Street (black sesame ice-cream, caramelised white chocolate mousse sandwiched between 2 pieces of chocolate and nutty brittle pieces and a panacotta with tapioca sago pudding layered on top with tropical fruit served in a glass jar.

Mr Muscles decided to order the dessert sampler as if I had the choice I’m pretty sure I would have ordered 5 plates of dessert but by this time we were both getting quite full and I couldn’t decide between some of the desserts so the sampler was picked in the end.

I ended up eating most of this dessert sampler as Mr Muscles knows how much of  sweet tooth I have. I didn’t eat any of the Macchiato dessert as I am not a fan of coffee so Mr Muscles ended up eating all of this. Goma Street is the best dessert in my opinion at Sokyo – it never disappoints and all the flavours of black sesame and white chocolate pair wonderfully together that it leaves you wanting more each time. I devoured this whole that Mr Muscles didn’t end up tasting this except for a few left over scraps that I didn’t end up eating. The mochi ice cream is always a nice choice for dessert however I find the strawberry milkshake filling to be quite overpowering and sweet.  I was disappointed with the pannacotta that was not really reminiscent of a pannacotta. The texture was quite different than usual and more reminscent of liquid rather than being firm as if it were missing some gelatine. I felt that this dessert was a bit of a hit and a miss as the tapioca pudding layer also didn’t seem to really suit the dish.

All in all we had a wonderful dinner celebrating our anniversary. Good food and even better company – what more can you ask for?

Happy 1 Mr Muscles! Here’s to many more to come ;P

Sokyo

Level G, The Darling, The Star,

80 Pyrmont Street

Pyrmont, 2009

Until next time dear readers!

x

Jackie

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Happy Birthday Mr Muscles!

Hello Readers!

Sorry for the delays in posting lately but it’s been another exhausting week! My mixed basketball team won the grand finals this week so I was super excited and lacking sleep over the joy of winning my first grand final and the fact that it came with a cool little trophy which I have not stopped looking at since we won ;P

But back to what this post is really all about…Mr Muscles birthday! Mr Muscles birthday was a few days ago but due to my basketball final coincidentally falling on the same day of Mr Muscle’s birthday, we decided to do a belated birthday dinner the next day to celebrate. Mr Muscles and I had never dined at Quay before so we decided that this would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate his birthday dinner there. I really couldn’t wait as I had seen so many people visit this restaurant and obviously hearing about the infamous snow egg, I knew I had to try this to see what the hype was all about.

We arrived at Quay on time and we were seated in a lovely isolated area over looking the Rocks area. We had been seated here due to a massive cruise ship blocking most of the view that you usually get when you dine at Quay. We were seated next to another couple who were celebrating their anniversary so there were definitely celebrations all around.

I thought the service at Quay was really impressive. We had a wonderful waitress who was very attentive and informative about certain dishes. She really made the night that much more enjoyable and even offered to take our photo a few times with our desserts. We were given a complimentary box of chocolates for Mr Muscle’s birthday which I thought was very nice and thoughtful.

Quay Restaurant Outside

View

View 2

Quay Menu

Back to the food…

Mr Muscles and I decided that we wouldn’t go for the tasting menu of 8 courses and instead we opted for the 4 courses at $175/person.

Cocktail 2

Cocktail

Our cocktails we ordered before the night – they were quite strong so Mr Muscles finished most of it off for me

Butter

Butter & Salt for the bread

There was a large selection of sourdough bread to choose from but since I didn’t want to end up being too full once the food started coming out, I just settled for the one piece.

Wholemeal Sourdough Bread

Wholemeal Sourdough Bread

Grain Sourdough Bread

Grain Sourdough Bread

Complimentary Starter

Complimentary Starter – forgot what this was but it had such lovely flavours and texture

Poached Chicken Entree

Mr Muscles’ First Course: Fragrant Poached Chicken, White Radish, Sea Scallops, Pea Blossoms, Smoked White Eggplant Cream & Virgin Black Sesame Oil

Mr Muscles chose the poached chicken for his first course. He really loved the dish as it reminded him of a modern take on Hainanese chicken. The chicken was wonderfully poached and soft that melted in your mouth with each bite. The scallops worked wonderfully with the chicken. I tried a little bit of Mr Muscle’s dish and agreed that this was really a lovely dish. The ingredients just all seemed to work well together and each component provided a different taste and texture with each bite.

Congee

My First Course: Congee of Northern Australian Mud Crab, Fresh Palm Heart and Egg Yolk Emulsion

I really loved this dish and definitely thought that this was the stand out of the savoury dishes I ordered for the night. It really reminded me of congee from childhood but with a bit of a modern twist to it. The crab was lovely and soft against the firmer and crunchier palm heart. The egg yolk emulsion just brought the whole dish to another level. I only wish that there had been more of this congee for me to eat. In a matter of minutes, the congee disappeared right in front of my eyes and I only wished I had eaten it at a much slower pace. The waitress mentioned after she was clearing the plates that this has been a signature dish on the menu at Quay for more than 10 years and I can understand why. Definitely a must order when dining here.

Abalone

Mr Muscles’ Second Course: Squab and Abalone, Rare Cultivated Greens, Young Garlic Cream with an Anchovy and Seaweed Broth

Mr Muscles ordered the abalone for his second course and what looked really interesting on paper somehow translated into something he wasn’t really expecting. Mr Muscles probably enjoyed this dish the least out of all his dishes. Though I didn’t try this, he told me that the flavours were all very unique but somehow didn’t really go together. What I did love was the way the dishes were presented for our second courses where a tea-pot was filled with each of our broths and consommes and it was poured onto our dishes at the table. I thought that was a really nice touch in terms of presentation of the dishes.

Mushrooms

My Second Course: Eight Mushrooms, Truffle Custard with a Chestnut Mushroom Consomme

I really enjoyed my second course. The waitress poured the consomme onto the picturesque layers of mushrooms. Everything worked so well together and I loved that each mushroom provided a different taste and a different texture in contrast to the smooth silky custard that was found at the bottom of the dish. The Mushroom Consomme was light but really flavourful and you could really taste the mushrooms throughout the whole dish.

Beef

Mr Muscles’ Third Course: Poached Rangers Valley Beef, Bitter Chocolate Black Pudding, Morel, Ezekiel Crumbs and Shaved Mushrooms

When Mr Muscles’ dish came out we thought it almost resembled some sort of chocolate dessert. Mr Muscles cut open the beef and inside you could see the very pink innards of the beef. It was really amazing how the various flavours worked together to create such a clever dish. The chocolate, the crumbs and the mushroom all paired so well with the beef. Mr Muscles gave me a piece to try and I was so surprised at how tender and soft the beef was and how the crumbs on the outside of the beef gave it a really nice crunch.

Inside of the Beef

An inside shot of Mr Muscles’ beef dish

Snapper

My Third Course: Roasted Snapper, Japanese White Turnips, Barletta Onions topped with Sauce made from the Roe

I really loved my third course as well. I usually love ordering fish for my main as I like eating a less heavy main and it provides me with more room for dessert naturally ;P The snapper was wonderfully cooked and it really melted in your mouth with each bite. The top of the fish was crunchy and the sauce added some lovely flavours to the dish. I liked that there was the crunch from the white turnips and the softness you got each time you bit into onions. All in all, I thought this was a really wonderful dish.

But now to the most important meal of the night: DESSERT!!!

Mr Muscles ended up choosing the eight texture chocolate cake as he thought he should order something different to me. The snow egg had my name written all over it from the minute we sat down! ;P I think Mr Muscles had serious food envy when my snow egg came out and realised he probably should have also just ordered a snow egg.

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake 3

Chocolate Cake 4

Mr Muscles’ Dessert: Quay’s Eight Texture Chocolate Cake

I loved the presentation of the chocolate cake where we watched the waiter pour in more chocolate to add to this already rich and indulgent cake. Mr Muscles dug into his dessert but stated that this dessert was very very rich and that it was hard to finish due to the richness of the cake and all the various layers of chocolate. I tried a bit of the cake and agreed that it was very rich and quite bitter from the dark chocolate.

But drum roll please…..THE INFAMOUS SNOW EGG!!!

I had read about the snow egg on so many various blogs and seen pictures of it from people who had visited Quay and had major food envy every time I saw a picture of this snow egg. I really couldn’t wait to try it! I know that each time the fruit flavour changes so it’s never the same. I’ve heard people eat snow eggs with peaches, nectarines and cherries so I was curious to see what plum would taste like.

Snow Egg

My Dessert: Plum & Vanilla Snow Egg

I thoroughly enjoyed my dessert from the lovely cold hard texture of the granita outside of the egg to the crunch of the outside layer of the egg to the inside of the egg which had a light meringue and some really seriously addictive ice cream. I really could have eaten two of these snow eggs in one sitting. Mr Muscles had a taste of my dessert and really regretted not ordering this for his dessert. As Mr Muscles excused himself to go to the bathroom, I continued to eat my dessert in silence in awe at how wonderful all the flavours were. I couldn’t really taste the plum but I didn’t really care as I was busy demolishing my dessert bit by bit and soon enough as Mr Muscles returned to the table I had literally licked the bowl clean. He was laughing at me at this stage because I had finished the dessert so quickly but YES it was THAT good! ;P I would seriously go back to Quay just to eat their snow egg again but hey that’s just me ;P

Inside of the Snow Egg

An inside shot of the snow egg once I had cracked the top of the egg…dreaming of this right now as I type this!

It was a really wonderful dinner with great food and even better company! I hope you had a wonderful birthday Mr Muscles and that all your wishes came true on your birthday! Let’s go eat a snow egg on my birthday ok? ;P

Quay Restaurant

Upper Level, Overseas Passenger Terminal

5 Hickson Rd  The Rocks NSW 2000

Ph: (02) 9251 5600

Website: http://www.quay.com.au/

Trading Hours: Lunch: Tues-Fri 12 Noon-2:30pm & Dinner Mon-Sun 6pm-10pm

Until next time all!

x

Jackie

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