November 12th, 2014

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

This Week's Food News:

As the weather warms up I’ve been pondering my summer drinking by trying out three of the Daydreamer range of teas. Before you roll your eyes, they’re amazing iced teas named for some of the world’s most iconic beaches, which come complete with clever ‘spiked’ tea recipes. Bondi, Bora Bora and Barbados [RRP $16.95/100g] are all available from The Seventh Duchess website. The green tea-based Bora Bora was my favourite, blended with lime and mint, and spiked with tequila; though the black tea and mango-based Bondi spiked with vodka and accentuated by fresh mango slices, was a close second.

I’ve also been trying out Squeaky Gate extra virgin olive oils this week. The Unsung Hero and The All Rounder [RRP $10.45/750ml] are both home-grown Aussie olive oils. The former is bright, grassy and peppery, more of your table oil; while the latter is round and fruity, meaning it will go pretty much anywhere you’d like. Being competitively priced (and available in independent grocers and delicatessens like Zanetti 5 Star Supermarket Delicatessen in Haberfield) means I’m likely to pick one up when I can’t afford more premium favourites like The Little General.
Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - LuMi Bar & Dining

Against a magnificent painted sky, this gleaming glass box on Pyrmont Bay is awash with orange and pink.

It’s the sort of night that begs to be made into a celebration, and this restaurant delivers with an imaginative (and obligatory) eight-course Degustation ($89/head).

Owner/Chef Federico Zanellato balances Italian passion with an intriguing Japanese aesthetic.

The result delivers date night on a stylish series of earthenware plates.

Take Communion together with chef’s explosive caviar-topped spelt ravioli if you don’t believe me.

The opener - Parmesan chawanmushi – should stifle any doubts that these two culinary influences will be anything other than the best of friends.

It’s followed by five excellent savoury courses, which demonstrate Zanellato’s grasp of light and shade.

A delicate mound of crab, Jerusalem artichoke and oyster powder sits in dramatic contrast to a deceptive twirl of stinging nettle chitarra – spaghetti well-coated with intense mussel cream and crumbled pork – packing an umami punch reminiscent of bottarga.

The dish shrieks red wine, and the 2012 Garagiste Merricks Pinot Noir ($95) answers nicely.

While technically excellent, the dessert of milk ice cream loses touch slightly with Zanellato’s culinary narrative.

No matter – his Evergreen pre-dessert is outstanding - a garden of brightly green textures, temperatures and tastes.

Catch this rising star while he’s still underpriced…

LuMi Bar & Dining
56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9571 1999

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