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Food bloggers’ dinner – Bistro CBD

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 12:40 am     English  |  日本語

HI HI HI! Do you remember me?! After more than two months of absence, I’m baaaack, at least for now.
Things were frantically busy that I was barely pulling myself together. Man, I have, like, 3 months worth of back logs… But let’s just put the boring stuff aside, and get to the yummies.

You’ve seen it, read it, done it, been there, eaten with them. Dinning with food floggers always surprises you with something impressive, creative, unique, awesome, tasty, rare to find, incredibly huge, incredibly tiny etc. And that’s one of the things I love about spending time with them – some wow factor with food.

The food bloggers’ dinner was taken place at Bistro CBD by Merivale as one of their winter promotion events, where our favourite four food bloggers take a challenge to work their ass off in the commercial kitchen and serve 70 hungry guests, to be specific, 70 *paying* guests. All of them have been known for their impressive culinary talents and skills, but I had never seen them in a professional kitchen situation – I was so thrilled to find out what they had been busy preparing their courses!

As soon as I walked into CBD hotel, I found familiar faces already enjoying their drinks. I had to miss out on so many dinning occasions with them, it was so great catching up with them!

I know this wasn’t only me who was screaming inside “OHHH MY GWAAAD, WE DONT HAVE MUCH LIGHTING INSIDE!!” – yes yes, nicely dimmed low light can be romantic and it’d set the mood and stuff, but to food bloggers, it simply means extra work with their cameras. I do not have excellent camera skills like others do, and I knew I’d be having hard time taking pictures! (Thanks god, at least I’m a professional photoshopper!)

So, please bear with my poor camera skill – these dishes looked more impressive and beautiful than how they look in my pictures. (But it turned out that iPad was a good source of light. hahaha.)


First course: Sashimi of kingfish, avocado, wasabi, lime and soft herbs – Simun Dragicevich (Bistro CBD chef)

Fresh kingfish with mildness of olive oil was accompanied with tangy lime and wasabi. Sharpness of lime and wasabi and silky kingfish texture was a great combination on my tongue.


Second course: Shish Barak, Middle eastern style dumpling – Fouad

Oh loved these crispy dumplings! He explained that he used Gyoza pastry instead of traditional thick pastry to make the dumplings crispier. Juicy lamb minced was well-seasoned and I love how they tastes as is, but sourness from the garlic and yoghurt sauce worked really well and cut through the richness of the dumplings.


Third course: “Pork you!” twice cooked pork belly – Billy

Billy is the pork man – he has already proven to many of us that he knows how to work with pork! Amazingly tender and succulent twice cooked pork belly was placed on the beautifully vivid red beetroot sauce along with apple gel, cubed beetroot and crumbled black pudding. I really could go for another slice of the pork belly!


Fourth course: Braised Beef in PX sherry – Karen

Oh man, melting tender beef cheeks! I have such a week spot for tender braised meat, and Karen has done such an awesome job on this. What it looks like pureed potato is actually a cauliflower puree, which goes well with the melting goodness. And look look, I’ve got one with fat layers. Me likes!


Fifth course: “This and that” – Linda

So what’s for dessert? The title didn’t give away much clue and some of us were guessing that it would definitely involve macarons – we know she’s a determined macaronian! But we were wrong in a good way. Perfection that it was in fact. The chocolate terrine with salt flakes and lemon olive oil ice cream garnished with a tuile. I wasn’t quite sure what the ice cream was made from until explained by Linda – smooth mild taste and texture with a hint of acidity – it goes fantastic with rhubarb jam! Absolutely fantastic desserts to end the course with. I really loved the different layers of chocolate – ganache, mousse and brownie, works magically with the salt flakes.

Even from their tweets from previous nights, I can obviously tell that they have put so much effort and thoughts into the dinner this evening. All of their wonderful dishes were also accentuated with their personalities- where they came from, passion & love for food, and I enjoyed every bite of it. Kudos for Fouad, Billy, Karen and Linda for successfully satisfying 70 people with amazing dishes!

So who’s the next food bloggers to go through the pressure?

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There was an announcement at the end that Bistro CBD will close its door on the evening, and will be reopening as BiStrode CBD in mid August.

Bistro CBD
52 King Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia



Discussion

16 comments for “Food bloggers’ dinner – Bistro CBD”

  1. so good to see you again, it’s been way too long! And where’s our karaoke night?! God damn it!

    Thanks for coming along and the support! Maybe you should be next food blogger for the challenge, but they don’t open at 3am though. :)

    Posted by billy@a table for two | July 30, 2010, 2:33 am
  2. oh yas how i’ve missed you! we need to see you more!

    Posted by chocolatesuze | July 30, 2010, 5:48 am
  3. Your photos turned out great! What are you complaining about!

    It was fab to see you again Yas. It’s like you live in another country these days. lol. The land of deadlines!

    Posted by Helen | July 30, 2010, 9:15 am
  4. Great to see you after so long, blogging no less! Wouldn’t be surprised if you were in the next group working the stoves :)

    Posted by Simon @ the heart of food | July 30, 2010, 9:22 am
  5. Yay more posts from Yas! LOL thank you very much for providing our light source on the night, if only we’d thought of it earlier! Your photos turned out really nice :)

    Posted by Jacq | July 30, 2010, 10:07 am
  6. The iPad will become a device needed in every photographer’s kit now! And it really was so dark that I couldn’t see what I was eating sometimes =p

    Posted by mademoiselle délicieuse | July 30, 2010, 10:13 am
  7. Aww Yas, nice to see you out again! Please don’t go away for too long again… esp since we didn’t get a chance to talk to you much :(

    So many times, I wished I could duck out and join you all for dinner hehe. But seriously, thanks for the love guys!

    Posted by Karen | July 30, 2010, 11:15 am
  8. Yayyy welcome back for now hee hee! So good to see u again and thanks for letting us use your sanitary ipad for lighting

    Posted by FFichiban | July 30, 2010, 3:11 pm
  9. What I want to know is, why aren’t these people on Masterchef? They would blow the judges away!!

    Posted by Tasty Japan | July 30, 2010, 3:55 pm
  10. soo good to see you back here!:-)

    Love the professional photos!:)

    Posted by hcpen | July 30, 2010, 9:43 pm
  11. Welcome back Yas! It was great to see you the other night! Good work with the iPad!!

    Posted by Betty @ The Hungry Girl | August 1, 2010, 8:11 am
  12. wb

    i love reading ur blogs… please update =)

    Posted by Dolly | August 1, 2010, 5:20 pm
  13. YAY! Yas is back (for now..) What a fun night had by all; filled with yummy food and cool friends, what more could we ask for? Your photos turned out great, you are an ideas man with that iPad of yours, too funny!

    Posted by Phuoc'n Delicious | August 1, 2010, 11:37 pm
  14. [...] Hungry Digital Elf [...]

    Posted by Food Bloggers’ Dinner at Bistro CBD, Sydney CBD | August 2, 2010, 11:46 am
  15. Ahh Yas I miss you! long time no see. I’m so glad to have seen you on Wednesday night =D Hope we’re able to catch up again, please organise a GOOD Japanese BBQ and Karaoke.

    Posted by linda | August 2, 2010, 12:33 pm
  16. @Billy
    Your pork was absolutely amazing, Billy!! So great to see you and others doing fantastic job in the kitchen. Oh yeah, we better plan a karaoke night soon!!!

    @Chocolatesuze
    I knoooooow! Hoping to redeem what I have missed out! It was awesome to see you there, thanks for organising for us :)

    @Helen
    Thanks Helen, but alot of photoshop work has been done to these pictures LOL It was soo great to see you there! Hope to catch up with you sooon!

    @Simon
    It was awesome to see you there! Hehe I really need to catch up on what I have missed out!

    @Jacq
    Hahaha who ever thought iPad is good for this!

    @Mademoiselle Délicieuse
    .. wait, I didn’t even get to talk to you there, hey?!?! Arrgh, so sorry, I had no idea who was coming, and distracted constantly with these yummy dishes LOL Next time!!

    @Karen
    It was soo great to see you and your awesome dish!! Kudos for all your hard work, Karen! Seems like Karaoke is in order soon!!

    @FFIchiban
    Awesome to see you there!! Hope your leg’s recovering soon, duuuude!

    @Tasty Japan
    I know, right?! In fact, Billy was in Masterchef audition!

    @hcpen
    Ahh thanks so much! Haha I’m rather a photoshopper than photographer lol

    @Betty
    Great to see you there! Hope to catch up with you at more eating occasions to come :)

    @Dolly
    Ahhh thanks so much! Yup, I’m going to post more regularly as I used to :)

    @Phuoc’n Delicious
    Haha it was great catching up with you! I guess more bloggers owning iPad these days, it soon wouldn’t be so weird to see many of them using the ipad as light source hey? LOL

    @Linda
    Your dessert was absolutely fantastic, Linda! Ohhh yes, we’ve got to hit the karaoke soooon!! and yes yes, GOOD BBQ this time.. LOL

    Posted by admin | August 8, 2010, 12:08 am

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