Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Australasia New Menu Review

Myself and Joe were lucky enough to be very kindly invited along to Australasia for a taste of their new menu. Having coming to Manchester all my life I have to say that Australasia was the one restaurant that I really wanted to go and try but never came around to doing so. After being and dining there I can honestly say I have no idea why I didn't go in sooner. The menu itself has a very wide range of dishes making it ideal if you are unsure what you are fancying to eat, or are needing to cater to different taste preferences within a group. Their website states that they serve "Modern Australian cuisine combines Pacific Rim flavours underpinned by European cooking tradition, a blend of Indonesian, Southeast Asian influences and Australia's strong ties with Japan also help determine the taste and style." which describes the menu perfectly. 
Myself and Joe agreed that Australasia was definitely a place to come and try out new dishes, the menu itself is set out into small plates of a tapas type nature and then big plates which were more your traditional main meal style. 

We decided to go for two of the big plates with some of their side dishes to go with them. I ordered the Fillet Steak and Joe chose the Roasted duck breast with shiitake mushroom croquettes and mango. Alongside our big dishes we ordered Satay Spinach, Sticky Coconut Rice wrapped in a lotus leaf and seasoned rough cut chips. 

The food was honestly so wonderful, my steak was one of the most tender steaks I have ever had. I adore rare meat but can't stand it when there is blood everywhere and this was the best steak I have had in a long time! Joe's dish was just as good from the mms and ahhhs I could hear from the other side of the table as he was eating! 
What really amazed me about our dishes and this applied to everything we ordered was the fabulous presentation of all the dishes. It was so nice to receive a plate of food and know that the chef really took their time in not only making the food but took extra time and care in plating it beautifully. 

And now, my favourite part of dining out... Desert! Im going to be completely honest and say that the desert menu frightened me, and by frightening I meant that if I am being truthful I didn't have any idea what most of the choices were. However I knew I was excited to pick one! I chose the Chocolate Soufflé with raspberry sorbet and chocolate sauce and Joe chose the Chocolate dome with salted caramel and blackberries. My desert took 20 minutes to cook but it was most definitely worth the waiting time as when our deserts arrived the presentation yet again was incredible. Joe's excited me the most as it came in a chocolate sphere and the waitress came and poured the salted caramel hot sauce over the top melting through the shell and revealing the scrumptious inside! She then went on to explain my desert too wasn't fully finished. I was instructed to make a hole in the centre of my soufflé and to sprinkle in the vanilla salt crystals on the side of my dish into the desert and fill it up with my beautiful glass jar of chocolate sauce. 
I was apprehensive about the salt crystals as they literally were vanilla flavoured salt crystals but they gave the chocolate such an amazing sharp twist every now and again when I picked one up on my spoon. 

The theatrics did not stop there, we wanted to order a drink before we brought out evening to a close so I wanted to order myself a cocktail. I loved the way you are allowed to choose your drinks at Australasia, you are given an iPad with all of the drink possibilities on there which you can filter out certain spirits or grape type for wine. You are then able to almost 'add drinks to your basket' so to speak and then you hand it to the waiter and your list of drinks is there for them to sort for you, I have not seen this before and it seems like an extremely good idea. 
I ordered a cocktail called 'Bush Fire' which was more literal than I first imagined when ordering it as when it came it was literally set on fire. 

Australasia is definitely not only a fabulous place for wonderful food but also wonderful entertainment through the theatrics and amazing presentation. 

Thank you so much again to Australasia for inviting myself and Joe we had an amazing evening. 

I hope you enjoyed this post!


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