In the heart of Fitzroy Street lies 'Golden Fields', an upbeat contemporary restaurant specializing in Asian cuisine. But if its undercooked won tons and fried rice your looking for, you will be sorely disappointed, 'Golden Fields' brings a little taste of Asia to your table in the form of small plates and shared dishes- making it a great place to dine for that special occasion.
Exert of the entree' menu
Celebrated chef, Andrew McConnell turns his year spent abroad in Hong Kong and his experiences in Shanghai into a rich palette housing everything from the much acclaimed 'Lobster Roll' (his signature dish) to the mouthwatering 'Peanut chocolate parfait'. So if you're looking to get cultured in all things oriental this is your domain.
If you want to get the most out of this dining experience the best way to go is with a group of friends and order a selection of desserts and mains, it will give you the best opportunity to try a little bit of everything. In terms of entrée's we had the following but also added the shredded chicken salad from the mains menu.
Shredded chicken salad w/ shrimp paste, home made rice noodles & chilli oil
The 'New England Lobster Roll' was heavenly, very light and fluffy with a rich flavor and texture. However it was a little too small to share, so to avoid disappoint order one for each person dining. It's a little steep in price at $15.00 each but definitely worth it.
I didn't the 'Rustic pork dumplings' personally were anything special. The only thing differentiating them was the casing, it was a lot thicker than most and the quality of the pork was much better than you'll ever get in any 'China Town' back alley.
We then moved on to the 'Twice cooked duck' which was a bit of an Asian twist on western style deep fried chicken. This one was a definite favorite, it came with a generous serving of deep fried duck, dipping sauces, slivered carrot and cucumber and a very unusual, but lightly steamed bread. The concept here is for the one dining to make their own Asian style hamburger with the ingredients, this entrée in my opinion definitely suits 'big kids', or just those who enjoying a more 'hands on' experience.
You cannot leave unless you sample 'Golden Field's' dessert menu, this is the stuff of gods. The 'Peanut chocolate parfait', although rich is the perfect size to cap of the night's meal, and is an interesting addition to what else is on offer menu wise.
baked meringue with vanilla rose and lychee'(left) confit apple, hazelnut praline w/ white miso ice-cream
But for those who want something a little lighter in flavor and texture you simply cannot go past the 'Baked meringue with vanilla rose and lychee'. This dish comes accompanied with a fluffy light lemon sorbet which offsets the meringue and puts a little bit of sour into the general sweetness.
Since Golden Field's doesn't take bookings (the only exemption is for a larger table of 12) if your adamant to dine on a Saturday night the early bird certainly, in this instance, catches the worm. If a table isn't available straight away the other option is to have a few drinks at the bar, where the staff is more than happy to come and collect you when a table becomes available. There is ample seating indoors, but at times feels a little too compact, there is additional seating outside which is perfect in summer, but even with heaters in the winter is still a bit of a gamble.
Pimms- w/ lime, orange and ginger
The staff at 'Golden Field's' were incredibly helpful despite the busy atmosphere of the restaurant and had an extensive knowledge of local and imported wines. The drink's menu didn't offer anything too out of the ordinary but it catered for Asian and Westerner taste alike, featuring wine and champagne ranging from a poor mans $50 to a steep $950 a bottle as well as 'Saki' (an odd 10 varieties).
They were knowledgeable enough to give suggestions for cocktails and mixers- and overall provided us with a pleasurable experience.