Wearing a touch of red, I returned to The Eight with nearly a hundred other guests, to celebrate the restaurant’s opening with restaurateur Henry Tang. My own table included restaurant director (and former Miss Hong Kong) Chillie Poon, food writer John Newton and personable actress Carmen Duncan, who spent seven years being both elegant and ruthless on Another World.
The entertainment included watching four waiters go head-to-head at a Peking duck slice-off, and watching fellow food media identities like the Daily Telegraph’s Grant Jones, squirm under the questioning of the Master of Ceremonies, Glenn Wheeler (Radio 2GB).
Our eight-course meal of course included Peking Duck served up as both pancakes and as San Choy Bow.
It was bested by a tasty plate of Stir-fried Spanner Crab with Salty Egg Yolk. I of course drowned mine in chilli, as did our hostess, Chillie Poon. Her love of chillies is how she got her name!
We also had the Wok-Seared Beef Fillet with Foie Gras Paste I liked so much at my last visit. It didn't sing quite so sweetly this time, but they were serving almost a hundred guests at once!
There was also Szechuan Pepper Squid which I barely tasted, as I was starving by the point this arrived and wolfed it down.
This is their traditional Kung Pao Chicken.
We wrapped things up with a dessert which included Fresh Mango Pancake Roll and my preference, a soothing Sweet Tea Jelly.
If you'd like to know more about this restaurant, see my earlier visit HERE.
Level 3, Market City, 9-13 Hay Street, Sydney
Ph: (02) 9282 9988