I once read an amusing quote that said, ” Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everyone rushes to get a piece?”. Birthdays are always good excuses to be spoiled by others, do the things that make you happy and of course, to eat more cake.
I was actually was very busy leading up to my birthday week, but i was lucky enough to secure a lunch booking at Quay on my birthday. We had only booked two weeks prior to the occasion and were surprised to get a spot.
We were deciding between the a la carte four course and the tasting menu but ended up with the a a la carte option because we wanted to try the Famous Eight Textured Chocolate Cake which isnt available on the tasting option.
Our meal began with a serving of sourdough and an amuse bouche. We were off to a strong start because if the amuse bouche was a dish you could order, it would’ve been my favourite savoury course. The amuse bouche came as a delicious warm broth consisting of a creamy spoonful of potato puree topped with a real truffle piece. The flavours were so intense and fragrant from both the broth and truffle, one small cup was definitely not enough.
Congee of Northern Australian mud crab, fresh palm heart, egg yolk emulsion.
Fragrant poached chicken, radish, sea scallops, pea blossoms, smoked white eggplant cream served with virgin sesame oil.
Squab and Abalone, rare cultivated greens, fresh jersey milk curd, anchovy and seaweed broth.
An array of mushrooms with roasted chestnut cream, brioche porridge, truffle and chestnut floss. (Vegetarian version of the gently braised patridge)
Hapuka, potato cream, mullet roe, mountain spinach, crisp white lentils, petals
Berkshire pig jowl, maltose crackling, prunes and cauliflower cream perfumed with prune kernel oil.
I’m not a big sweet tooth and usually prefer savoury dishes, but for this occasion i was most excited for the final dessert course. I have heard a lot of praise about Quay’s signature desserts but i wanted to see for myself whether it would live up to expectations.
Raspberry and vanilla snow egg.
For a first time at Quay, this was a must order, and i was so pleasantly surprised because it exceeded my expectations. The raspberry granita was so deliciously refreshing with the natural sour taste perfectly balancing out the sweet richness of the vanilla bean icecream and meringue.
Eight texture chocolate cake.
I might be part of the minority, but unfortunately i don’t usually like chocolate cake. I tend to find it too heavy and rich especially in a large amount, but very little words were exchanged eating this cake because it was that good. Every spoonful of it.
I enjoyed every part of the Quay experience in terms of food and service. It was a great birthday lunch and it was well worth the praise. Happy Birthday to me!
E i l e e n.