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Sepia Restaurant & Wine Bar

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 1:29 am     English  |  日本語

Hai. Do you still remember me?

Just like the last time, “I can’t believe it’s been awhile since the last post.” And I have to say that again, but this time, a year later! Sometimes life takes different turns on its own, and you just simply need to go with it, right? That’s pretty much what it was.

But you know what, I’ve got something else to confess. The Japanese double post that is. It’s very flattering to have gotten many requests from Japanese readers to add Japanese translation, which in fact I have started. But it’s just damn hard for me to keep it up simply because I myself can’t even feel the same *vibe* from written Japanese… So that’s the huge reason for the long overdue neglect. Oh well.

Anyways. Now that I’m back blogging again, I’ll just wait and see if Betty the hungry girl would keep her promise – “I’ll get back on blogging if you did” ;p

So the first post after a year of absence is Sepia. I have quite alot of back logs from the past eating occasions, but this is relatively recent. And just as I was thinking of posting this, a good news came in. Sepia won Restaurant of the year. Woohoooooo, congratulations!

You must have read other posts on Sepia like I have. I have to say they definitely live up to their good reputations – the fantastic dishes with eye-opening creativity and attentive, friendly and knowledgeable staff. And that’s why I chose Sepia for this special celebratory dinner with Tomo.

Tomo changes into his fine-dinning cloth. Looking sharp’n’slick? Yeah, until this was revealed.

I’m just saying I wasn’t the only fat one here. And this is even before the dinner, just so you know. ;p

Arrived and greeted by the staff, we seated at our table and went through the menu quickly. As I Looked around other tables, I already spotted some interesting dishes on other tables. I assumed those were from a la carte menu, but we went for degustation menu ($150/pp) this time.

Optional starter dish – oyster

I cannot eat oysters after a bad food poisoning experience, so only Tomo gets this. *sucking finger*

Amuse bouche – Hiramasa king fish

Beautifully seasoned Hiramasa King Fish – I don’t know what it is about the fish, but you can’t fail me with Hiramasa king fish. We both enjoyed the Japanese influence of the dish.

“Scallop Sushi”Nori rolled scallop, pickled ginger, puffed sushi rice, avocado cream

Looking at the menu, I was wondering about the quotation marks and here’s why. The dish visually resembles essential elements of sushi – The pink (Gari: Pickled ginger that’s always comes on the side), White (Sushi rice & scallop), Black (seaweed paper) and Green (Wasabi) I guess this is something you would need to actually taste the dish to get it, but the combination of these flavour and visual elements literally conjures up a real sushi. It’s like eating actual sushi with your eyes and mouth at the same time. Very interesting.

Tartare of yellow fin tuna
warm leek cream, poached egg yolk, soy and wasabi, sprouting caviar lentils, amaranth grain

I should’ve taken this picture differently so the yummy looking poached egg yolk in the middle! This was soooo flavoursome and I loved the texture of it as well. Soft smooth texture of tuna, leek cream and egg yolk against crunchy sprouts and amaranth grains. I wanted another plate of this.

Queensland spanner crab and buckwheat risotto, mustard butter, shellfish essence

Oh how I loved this – it’s just packed with flavour! The form on the top was full of umami from shellfish, and it creates absolutely amazing flavour when mixed with the risotto underneath as recommended.

Scampi & Cod fish with fennel and scampi cream

You know, this was also a great dish, but I guess I was loving the risotto so much that it didn’t strike us too impressive, to be honest.

Angus beef sirloin with Nameko mushroom and miso sauce

The first meat dish! There’s no explanation needed for the angus beef, right? It was visually screaming that it was perfectly cooked and seasoned. I was kind of intrigued by the Nameko mushroom on the side. Sticky & slimy mushroom that is in which I never had thought of putting on the dish along with meat. But it goes really good with all other elements on the dish. And the amazing tenderness of the beef just makes this dish perfect.

Cocoa and sansho seared Mandagery creek venison, baby beetroots, rhubarb, chocolate, beetroot and boudin noir crumb

Again, this dish was also great but the previous dish was so good that this appeared less impressive compared to the angus beef. But the interesting part was the boudin noir crumb. It sort of added bitterness/smokiness to the venison, I wonder if that’s because the boudin noir had been smoked?? Or the cocoa & sansho that is?

Blue and mascarpone cheese with macadamia granita (Optional dish)

This is another optional dish. I always love discovering a new combination to go with blue cheese, and this is something new I’d try. The dish has sort of half savoury half dessert feel to it.

Pre-dessert: Buttermilk, mint jelly and Japanese pumpkin granita

As a palate cleanser. Sourness of buttermilk and chilly granita really cut through the richness of previous dish, and we were so ready for the next dish to come.

“Chocolate Forest”
Soft chocolate, chestnut, elderflower cream, blackberry sorbet, blackberry candy, green tea, licorice, chocolate twigs, crystallised lemon thyme

Doesn’t this just look so pretty? It was a virtual forest in my mouth. As every spoonful of this went in my mouth with the sorbet, and chocolate elements made sounds like I was walking on a path in a forest, snapping off twigs with my foot as I walk. Love it!

As I mentioned earlier, during our degustation course their staff was very attentive and that made our dinner even more enjoyable. Highly recommended, and I definitely would like to revisit soon.

Sepia Restaurant & Wine Bar
201 Sussex street, Sydney NSW 2000
02 9283 1990

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14 comments for “Sepia Restaurant & Wine Bar”

  1. Yay welcome back! I’ve missed HDE so much, especially your late night cooking shenanigans and self-portraits :)

    Sepia has been on my wishlist for so long, I can’t wait to try it!

    Posted by K | Citrus and Candy | September 23, 2011, 1:50 am
  2. welcome back yas!! the pictures of tomo at the start are gorgeous (even the second one haha!) and it looks like you both had a delicious time.

    Posted by shez | September 23, 2011, 9:16 am
  3. Yas…it’s been a whole year already?!

    Good to see you back but I’m sad that there were no oysters for you =( I’ve been trying to get to Sepia for 3 years, haha. From before they got their first hat but, um, something keeps getting in the way!

    Posted by mademoiselle délicieuse | September 23, 2011, 9:38 am
  4. looks nice…what was the special celebratory occasion?

    Posted by Adrian | September 23, 2011, 9:39 am
  5. Great pics! And welcome back to blogland!

    Posted by Tina@foodboozeshoes | September 23, 2011, 2:16 pm
  6. WOOOOOT! Welcome back Yas!!!! Sepia looks amazeballs

    Posted by chocolatesuze | September 23, 2011, 3:06 pm
  7. Welcome back! Does this mean there will be more late night cooking posts? Sepia looks fab!

    Posted by Jacq | September 23, 2011, 3:22 pm
  8. Woohoo! Welcome back to blogging! Food looks amazing here and haha there’s nothing I like more than a man who appreciates his food! 😀

    Posted by Helen (grabyourfork) | September 23, 2011, 3:27 pm
  9. YAY! Welcome back Yas, let’s see if Betty keeps her promise :)

    Food looks AMAZING! Definitely on my hit list but now I think it might be hard with their 3 hat status. But that forest dessert looks to-die-for

    Posted by Phuoc'n Delicious | September 23, 2011, 3:54 pm
  10. its been such a long time!!! glad youre back into blogging. i loled so hard between the sharp lookin pic to the second one with the buttons almost bursting haha!

    Posted by sugarpuffi | September 23, 2011, 5:00 pm
  11. @Karen
    When it comes to late night cooking, I know you’ll be up to be the first one to comment/give me suggestions! Hahaha

    Thanks Shez! Sepia was wonderful, we certainly had a great dinner there :)

    @Mademoiselle délicieuse
    I know right?! It feels like time flies much faster these days. Sepia was on my list for a while as well, and whats next is Etch!

    Thanks! Oh it was just a close-to-anniversary-lets-just-do-it-now kinda dinner as we live far apart at a moment.

    Thanks Tina! I’ve got to put more effort to keep it up this time lol

    Thanks Suuuuze! I decided not to look at pictures from the past, and just move on… so the blog wouldn’t die this time lol

    Thanks Jacq! Hehe yeah, but that also means I need to get back to gym regularly. Why do I love deep fried food late at night?

    Thanks Helen! Hehe Tomo & I seem to retain ‘we had a good meal, and yes our shirts are ready to burst, but what’s that to you?’ attitude lol

    Thanks! Yeah I need to ping Betty and see how she goes haha. Yeah thats what happened to me w/ Marque when they got rewarded! Wait patiently..

    Thanks! Hehehe it’s not even before & after, you wouldn’t want to know what after look is like… lol

    Posted by admin | September 24, 2011, 1:36 pm
  12. Welcome back to the blogging world! 😛
    Great photos, makes me want to go back again, Sepia is one of my fav places to eat 😀

    Posted by Vivian - vxdollface | September 25, 2011, 1:45 pm
  13. A year? Really? Doesn’t feel that long…

    Well, welcome back all the same. Looks like an awesome time at Sepia :)

    Posted by Simon @ the heart of food | September 27, 2011, 12:32 am
  14. Oh dear ….

    Posted by Betty @ The Hungry Girl | September 27, 2011, 9:08 pm

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