Friday, 8 February 2013

Taste Test - Nine Fine Food

 It's Friday afternoon and CP, HS, LD and I were all frocked up and ready to go out for a nice dinner at Nine Fine Food to celebrate CP's birthday.  The last time I went there was four years ago, and it wasn't great but it was finally time to give them a second chance.

We decided to go with the omakase menu or trust the chef menu which consists of 8 courses at $95 per head.

Our menu
Amuse
Sashimi
Steamed scallop
Toothfish osumashi
Salmon & chasoba noodle
Wagyu beef sirloin
Duck breast & pork belly
Dessert

Food & presentation - 4/5
As soon as the amuse-bouche came out I was excited, the dish was beautifully presented with well matched flavours - my taste buds were dancing and that hasn't happened for a while.  The rest of the dishes were all pretty good but not comparable to the amuse-bouche.  The Wagyu beef sirloin was cooked to perfection, that is, if you like your steak medium-rare.  My stand out dishes were the amuse-bouche, the steamed scallops and the duck breast and pork belly.  The servings at Nine Fine Food were large for a degustation style menu and we were all very full by the time we finished the salmon & chasoba noodle.  Unfortunately, their dessert was a bit of a let down, I didn't like their take on tiramisu both in presentation and taste but I have to give them credit for creativity.

Amuse
Sashimi
Steamed scallop
Toothfish osumashi
Salmon & chasoba noodle
Wagyu beef sirloin
Duck breast & pork belly
Dessert
Service - 3.5/5
For a fine dining restaurant, their service wasn't fantastic.  The wait staff were polite, our water was refilled at regular intervals but the staff didn't seem to be professionally trained.  A handy tip for those of you who like to have a glass (or two) of wine with dinner, Nine Fine Food is B.Y.O and they charged us corkage at $3.50 per head.

 
Atmosphere - 4/5
The decor is simple and sophisticated but lacked that Japanese "feel".  It was really noisy when the restaurant was full and it wasn't because people were speaking loudly, the noise just seemed to bounce off the walls.

Value for money - 4/5
For a fine dining restaurant, the quality and quantity of the food you get, I thought, was value for money.  $95 for a 8 course degustation style menu is pretty awesome.

Will gladly return for another round of the omakase menu but I'll need to fast during the day.

Taste Test Total Score 15.5/20

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