Booked out months in advance, this is the 'foodie experience' of a lifetime. Internationally recognised chef, Tetsuya Wakuda is a maestro of his ... More
Booked out months in advance, this is the 'foodie experience' of a lifetime. Internationally recognised chef, Tetsuya Wakuda is a maestro of his craft. He has cooked all over the world and impressed palates everywhere. His award winning restaurant is a fusion of French and Japanese and offers a single degustation menu at AUD180 (ten courses). The menu changes from time to time and offers such specialties as slow-cooked trout, seared scallops, venison and quail. Corkage fees apply and it is also fully licensed.
Four of us had the most expensive, pretensious and inferior dinner at Tetsuya. The best part was the outside gate. How can so many people rave about such phony mediocrity?? The staff is robotic and humorless. The room is totally boring. The food is laughable....especially the raw duck and tasteless beef dishes at the end. Even the deserts were lame, consisting of ice cream and other goo.....totally uncreative. When will people stop fawning at "In" restaurants? Surely people who have "eaten in the best restaurants around the world" can identigy hype?? Lastly, the supercilious sommelier was the final straw....strutting around and offering expensive, and ofter ordinary wines?
At those prices, it had BETTER be good. Honestly, food is food. This restuarant is quie pricey, and one wonders why that is necessary. It all comes out the back end eventually, so....
But it was tasty.
With great sadness, I must agree with the opinions of others that this restaurant is extremely overpriced and the menu uneven. I had hoped that for $180A that this would be the greatest meal of our lives. Regretably, I cannot say that it was.
Our meal consisted of 10 courses. An 11th course of raw oysters was offered for an extra cost but we declined. The first course was a beet gaspacho which was very good. This was followed by a three appetiser plate of sashimi. One piece was a yellow fin tuna which was incredible. However, the other two were average. The third course was a crab ravioli which was very good which an asian accent. Then came according to the waiter the chief's signature dish of ocean trout. This was probably the least favorite dish as it frankly was devoid of flavor. The reaction of the other diners around us was similar. The fifth course was quail. Unfortunately, it was wrapped in so much prociutta bacon that the taste of the quail was overwelmed. The next course was a veal which was average. The meal was then followed by three dessert courses, all of which were good except the ice cream which has some type of a bean which added nothing to the dish.
I also ordered the wine pairing which consisted of five glasses of wine for $75. I have no complaints about the wines as they matched the dishes.
The service was excellent and I did not feel that the waiters were pretentious. We felt welcomed.
In summary, I believe that this restaurant is overpriced and the quality of the food uneven. Clearly, for $180 per person, it should have been an unforgetable experience. Unfortunately, it was not.
Tetsuya's is the best restaurant I have ever eaten in. I come from New York City. I travel a lot. At home I eat out frequently at better restaurants. I do the same when I travel. After eating at Tetsuya's twice, I am convinced that Tetsuya's is one of the best restaurants around. The food is very good. But the outstanding feature of Tetsuya's is the service, the timing/pacing of the meal and the amount of food offered. We sat there for 4.5 hours, had 13 courses with the matching wines and never felt rushed or ignored. And, when we got up at the end of the meal no one felt uncomfortably full. For a 4.5 hour meal of 13 courses that is incredible.
The place is practically strategic, it is only a walking distance from the hotel where i stayed during the holiday few years back.. The fascinating thing is that the French kind of allure it got in to each course from hors d'oeuvre to dessert , feels like being in France except you are having a Japanese ambiance (charming garden by the way)in fascinating Australia!. It is absolutely good value of food and service of very fine dining. It is fine, very fine.
I would suggest this for a romantic, elegant, and value holder people..
Outstanding in all facets of dining. The balance of the food and wine was a real experience. This place is not for those who believe a meal should flop over the edges of your plate (go to Sizzlers), or all-you-can-eat for $5.95 is value for money. It is rated highly internationally and I can only agree with that assessment.
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