2016 in review

As we all scramble to finish off things before end of the year (this must be how an accountant feels in June) and set high expectations for the next, I sit here thinking about all the delicious things I’ve eaten. I usually do a list of Canberran eateries,  but I’ve been travelling here and there and some interstate dining has been very memorable.

– 2016 memorable eateries review –

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal (Crown casino, Melbourne) – Wow, this was a magical experience, I would go just for the tipsy cake alone! Definitely worth the trip to Melbourne.Mr. Wong (City, Sydney) – I have been slack and haven’t gotten around to posting about this yet but my oh my I still dream about their dumplings, roast duck and mango pudding like it was yesterday.86 (Braddon, Canberra) – Not only have I been enjoying their all you can eat for $86, I am absolutely in love with their pasta and their pate surprisingly blew me away.Gradi (Crown casino, Melbourne) I’m starting to notice how slack I’ve been with my blogging; I also haven’t written about this yet but I was so impressed by everything from pizza to pasta and their cured meats.Lolo and Lola (West side village, Canberra) – Their grilled meats are next level and I am always on the look out for adobo, chicken wings or pork belly on their lunch menus. If you’re lucky enough, their pop up dinners give you an amazing insight to the diverse range in Filipino cuisine.af158a68-ec17-4026-a5f2-c3d83f80833aMolto (Kingston foreshore, Canberra) – Molto took me by surprise this year and every time I’ve been I haven’t been disappointed in their pasta, pizza, mozzarella or service.Frugii (Braddon, Canberra) – John has always blown my mind with what flavours he can recreate in a delicious smooth ice cream but this year he has brought out a New York cheesecake that brings tears to my eyes.

New York cheesecake ($6.00). XO (Narrabundah, Canberra) – I don’t know why I’ve stayed away for so long but my next visit to XO will be very soon. Their Asian bolognese is still amazing but their new vanella stracciatella is absolutely beautiful.

Vanella stracciatella ($18.00). So cheesy, sooooooooooooo good.img_1466Attica (Ripponlea, Melbourne) – We had this very early on in the year but it was definitely one of the most memorable dinners that I’ve ever had. I love how the restaurant is very humble and you would never assume Australia’s only restaurant in the World’s best 50 restaurants to be tucked away in the suburbs. We had a very long dinner where the time just seemed to fly by and we just kept on being amazed with every course.Noma (Barangaroo pop up, Sydney) – This was definitely a polarizing meal as some people loved it and some people were less than impressed. I loved how they have taken Australian native ingredients and showcased it back to us in a way we have never seen or experienced. Their snow crab, marron dumpling and abalone schnitzel dishes still make me smile when I thinker of them.Ali King’s Desserts Cakes and Events (Canberra)Again, this is one of those events I didn’t get around to posting about yet but I was seriously impressed with this girl’s talent. Check out Ali King’s instagram to see where she will be popping up around town. I hope she gets to do a few high teas early next year.

“I used to be a lot boulder” chocolate mousse, passionfruit crème, peanut caramel, brownie, chocolate crumb.img_1294Ginseng (Hellenic club Woden, Canberra) – I have been here countless times as it is one of the best places for yum cha in Canberra. My go to dishes are fried dough stick in rice noodles, egg custard bun and their prawn and chive dumplings. 

I hope you have a wonderful new year and may 2017 be even more delicious.

 

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