Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans - John Lennon
Published July 28th 2014
Where is your favourite modern Asian restaurant in Sydney?
Growing up in Asia means I can't go a week without rice or noodles. Sad but true. Luckily for me, I live in a city with a myriad of restaurants that take pride in challenging the notion of traditional Asian cuisine by producing sophisticated food with a modern twist.
If I have to name one restaurant that I will always go back to for modern Asian cuisine, it will be Ms. G's. The menu changes quite regularly, so you can never run out of new things to try. On Sundays, they do a $50 banquet from 1pm to 5pm, which includes 8 courses and a glass of wine / beer / slushie. I have yet to try it out, but sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
My love affair with Sake began before Masterchef brought the crowd in. While I love the savoury dishes there, the chocolate fondant I had years ago won me over. Apart from the unforgettable fondant, another standout dish for me was the steamed prawn dumplings. It cleverly uses layering of individual skin strips to create a unique textural effect, and when paired with that spicy ponzu sauce, it is possibly the best modern interpretation of traditional shumai.
steamed prawn dumplings - chinese-inspired shumai with spicy ponzu
Similar to Ms. G's, this is also a Merivale restaurant with Dan Hong as the chef. Initially I thought it was going to be overpriced Chinese food, but I couldn't be more wrong. Well, yes, it was relatively pricey, but that's because it is not an easy feat to turn classic Cantonese dishes into something extraordinary, and it is apparent that the chefs have put a lot of thought into it. If you happen to not like the food, just order a cocktail and enjoy the bustling yet intimate atmosphere.
I went to this restaurant rather recently. We were starving and decided to give this place a go. I love that the interior and exterior of the restaurant reminded me of Manhattan, but that's just me. In terms of food, the dishes are designed for sharing, so expect smaller portions. My favourite dishes were the Hokkaido Scallops and King Crab Omelette. My friend had the Silken Tofu and according to him it was the best tofu he ever had.