Guest Post: The Quay Restaurant – Overseas Passenger Terminal & FMC’s 1st Birthday Giveaway!
Posted on August 6, 2012 by DL
What a ride it has been, 1 year on and so much has happened. We’ve gained some very supportive readers and lost a loved one. After Al’s passing, I didn’t think FMC would make it to it’s 1st birthday, but here it is with a new spring to life and a new direction. So this weeks will be a little different.
Firstly, the article you’re about to read for Quay is written by a special friend KT. KT’s is a chassis engineer with an empty wallet just like me (as his also into photography and food). We usually dine with KT because we intrust the finances to him, the guy is a bloody Casio calculator, he is able to calculate the cost per person in his head in the matter of seconds, as such we use him as our financial adviser for every meal, to ensure we don’t end up cleaning the dishes to pay for the meal.
Secondly, to celebrate our first birthday, We’re doing a give away! I’ve been working with a friend on a new online store called whatthefad.com.au, We’re sick of the prices we have to pay for stuff here, so we’re looking at import goods a a fraction of the price and one thing we’ve bump into was the instax cameras, I’ve fallen in love with fujifilm’s instax, so I’m going to give one away!
The competition is insanely simple, upload a picture of your favorite dish and upload it to our Facebook page the photo with the most votes by September 6th 2012 wins a Instax 25!
For those who didn’t run off searching for a photo, check out the guest post by KT!
The Quay Restaurant – Overseas Passenger Terminal
The Quay is much more than an eight course degustation. As much as the food continuously wows all those fortunate to partake in it, dining at the Quay is as much about the experience as it is about the food. As such, the six of us find ourselves at the Quay to celebrate two occasions: WX finally landing a stable career role and KT soon departing to Melbourne to begin a new career building a side-parking car the group have been striving for. Although food blogs don’t normally consist of photographs of the bloggers, I thought this one was worthy given the occasion.
Thanks DL for allowing an engineer to take the reins of FMC for this occasion and AL, this one is for you. Six months has just passed by and we still miss you dearly.
Being the spontaneous fool I am, I preemptively decided that we should keep the tasting menu faced down in hope of perhaps enlightening our taste buds. Needless to say, the first dish had us stumped and by the end of the second dish, WX the party pooper decided to reveal the menu…and with good reason too! We were accidentally given the wrong menu (the menu was incorrect, not the food). However, given the subtle but beautiful flavours resonating through each dish, I’m sure I could’ve posted the incorrect menu on this blog and you’d be none the wiser.
Amuse-bouche of goat’s curd with an oyster and ginger consommé
Sashimi of Corner Inlet rock flathead, Tasmanian trumpeter, salt cured wild oyster cream, black lipped abalone, raw sea cabbage, nasturtiums, warrigals, periwinkles
Over the next 4.5 hours (Yes that is correct) the six of us wined and dined over some of Peter Gilmore’s greatest creations. Is there much that needs to be said about the food? It is AWESOME. You’ll love it. One or two dishes perhaps lacked a little bit of balance, but otherwise the culinary experience was second to none.
Congee of Northern Australian mudcrab, fresh palm heart, egg yolk emulsion
Gently poached southern rock lobster, hand caught Tasmanian squid, golden tapioca, lobster velvet
Roasted partridge breast, steam truffle brioche, confit egg yolk, new season white walnuts, fumet of Vin Jaune
Smoked and confit pig cheek, shitake, shaved scallop, Jerusalem artichoke leaves, juniper, bay
Pasture raised milk fed veal poached in smoked bone marrow fat, wild grey ghost mushrooms, raw buckwheat, young orach, parsnip
Your eyes are probably salivating over the gorgeous cuisine that is present before your eyes. But to be honest, I think the six of us would agree that the night was about much more than just the food. It was a night to sit there and laugh at all the stupid shenanigans like KT devouring two quenelles of butter and three slices of bread, SY eating the Southern Rock Lobster despite slight allergies and the look on WX’s face when she was denied an extra plate and AX ordering a martini for the olives. It was a chance for everyone to wind back a little, sit and catch up in a cosy environment and not a booming nightclub. AL would’ve fit right in. If it weren’t for the six oompa loompas at the table, AL would’ve had a spot. Then again, she has the best view anyway right?
Guava Snow Egg
[ NB: KT failed as an engineer, he forgot to recharge the battery, so this is where the photos end]
So the next time you think about heading out to the city for a massive night of drinks, 3am taxis and hangovers, consider what a night of fine dining could do for you. Generation Y is so busy these days that many of us fail to appreciate what good company with those closest to us is truly about.
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