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Princess Thai – Clayfield

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As soon as you walk into Princess Thai – it feels like you are on holiday in Thailand. Greeted by a delightful wai and sawasdee from the waitresses.

The decor is lavish, intricate, and typically Thai, and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable with families and friends gathering in this neighbourhood gem.

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The menu is extensive and contains authentic Thai dishes – a nice welcome change – so many restaurants try to be pan-Asian and I always think it is better to specialize in one cuisine rather than trying to be Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Malaysian all at once.

We didn’t want to overeat, so we shared a satay starter. the chicken was succulent and flavoursome and the peanut sauce was a perfect accompaniment.

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For mains we chose fish in tamarind sauce which was really nicely cooked, lovely fresh fish in a sauce that wasn’t too sour or too sweet, with lots of nice colourful vegetables on the plate.

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We also chose a chicken panang curry – authentic, spicy but not too hot, and bursting with all of the typical Thai flavours that we love.

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We also chose steamed rice and a glass noodle salad with minced pork and prawns. Again, the salad was a very authentic and tasty dish with all the elements of sweet, sour, and hot and a nice textural crunch of peanuts.

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We were perfectly full at the end of the meal, and really pleased to have dined here. We will definitely be back.

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Seaduction – Surfer’s Paradise QLD

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Seaduction is a modern Australian fine dining restaurant and bar in the Soul Building at Surfer’s Paradise. It boasts an attractive position overlooking the beach on the main Esplanade road.

When we walked in the ambience was quietly sophisticated with a nice simple and classy decor and smooth jazzy background music playing. The staff were friendly and warm and led us to a wonderful table near the window. The menu has a choice of a la carte, degustation/tasting menus and wine matching.

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Soul Building Foyer

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Seaduction Restaurant

We chose the 5 course degustation menu, which actually turned out to be 7 courses including the tomato bread at the start and the coffee/petit fours at the end.

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The bread with herbs and tomatoes was flavoursome and attractive to look at, quite substantial and a very nice start to the meal while we sipped on a glass of sauvignon blanc.

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The first course from the menu was beetroot and sugar cured ocean trout, local sand crab rillettes, lotus crisps, yuzu pearls and lime emulsion. The little yuzu pearls were bursting with citrus flavour, the trout was fresh and delicious and the crab very moreish. A wonderful start to the evening.

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The second course was Bangalow pork belly, twice cooked in tamarind and yellow rock sugar, green paw paw salad and black Asian vinegar. Tender and tasty, with a hint of spice, this was a beautifully constructed course and a perfect amount.

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Course three consisted of lasagne of Harvey bay scallops, tempura foie gras, caviar and sea foam. Chef was generous with the scallops which were the star of the dish, beautifully enveloped in silky pasta and complemented by the other flavours on the plate.

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Next came green tea house smoked duck breast, duck and shiitake spring rolls, sour cherry gel, hoisin and orange marmalade. A very appealing dish to look at, and a wonderful example of duck served in a combination of ways with classic hoisin, cherry and orange flavours. Lots of nice flavours and textures to tempt the tastebuds.

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Dessert was coconut pannacota, passion fruit sorbet, ginger and passion fruit curd macaroon with elderflower gel. The pannacotta was beautifully silky, the sorbet wonderfully zingy, and the macaron perfectly constructed. A nice light dessert, again with lots of interest on the plate.

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Petit Fours

We finished with coffee and some delectable petit fours to complete a perfect meal. Every course was a treat, well thought out and beautifully put together. Definitely a location to return to for a wonderful treat.

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Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley

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We wanted to go somewhere a bit special, and decided to go for Gerard’s Bistro because it had great reviews.  The restaurant is in the vibrant James Street area, across the road from the markets and tucked away in Gerard’s Lane.

We arrived slightly early for our table and were seated at the bar while it was prepared. The wine and drinks list was quite impressive and I chose a glass of Harvest Sauvignon Blanc which was nice but not amazing.

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We were then seated, given menus and informed that our waitress would be with us soon to explain the menu. On looking through it there were items that I did not recognise like samke nayyeh, laham nayyeh, bekaa wings, and batata harra. It was quite a while before she came to our assistance and it seemed strange that other waiters seemed to be free but we had to wait for our particular waitress to explain the menu. When she arrived she was very pleasant and explained that samke nayyeh was a kind of ceviche white fish, laham nayyeh was a raw meat dish and bekaa wings were chicken wings in harissa. She also explained that the dishes were Middle Eastern style and designed to be shared, with small plates at the top of the menu and larger plates in the middle.

I love raw fish and imagined that it would be similar to a lovely Peruvian version that I had chosen before, so we went with the samke nayyeh and the bekaa wings to start.

The samke nayyeh (with walnut milk, chamomile oil, grapefruit, green almond) came up first and it was quite frankly disappointing. A very small portion for $22. It was also very bland, and even though grapefruit was listed in the ingredients there was no nice citrus hit, which is probably what it needed. The walnut milk was not very plentiful and not very ‘nutty’. It also arrived on a chipped plate – not really acceptable for a top class establishment.

The chicken wings ($18 for 6 wings) came next and they were very very good. Lovely spicy harissa flavoured coating and yoghurt. Very tasty. They arrived with some dehydrated wet wipes which need to be rehydrated by placing them in water – I have seen them before, but most diners are puzzled by what they are, and I am not really sure why anybody uses them instead of regular wet wipes.

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Our plates were changed and the two main dishes arrived together. We chose suckling pig with roasted plum, morcilla (black pudding) puree, smoked almond and perilla (a mint like herb) priced at $39. The second main dish was whole smoked eggplant, turmeric, mint, kashk yoghurt, and blackened onions priced at $18.

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Both dishes lacked seasoning. The pork was tender but not as tasty as you would expect a slow roasted dish to be, the plums were not ripe enough, and the blood sausage puree was frankly unpleasant. I love blood sausage (or black pudding), however this version was thick, sticky and bitter tasting. With two pieces of pork each it was an expensive dish. The eggplant was very bland except for the blackened onions which just tasted excessively burnt and again were unpleasant. I have eaten charred foods before and I love a bit of charring on capsicum, chicken or steak, but the onions had been burnt beyond all recognition and left a bad aftertaste. The dish was advertised as a ‘whole’ eggplant but there was very little of the eggplant flesh to share, and it would have benefited from a really good twist of salt and pepper to give it some taste. No condiments were provided at the table.

Very disappointed at having one good dish out of four, we asked for the bill. I had been excited at the thought of trying the black fig dessert with aniseed ice cream ($16), but I didn’t want to waste any more money. The only dish that the waitress asked if we enjoyed were the chicken wings – which of course were great, and the only reason that we ate the other food was out of hunger rather than enjoyment. I still felt quite hungry after the meal which came to $124 in total.

I will not be returning to Gerard’s Bistro – it is expensive and pretentious. I have eaten at several ‘minimalist’ restaurants before and if premium prices are being charged for small portions, then the food has to be of outstanding quality. Our meal fell far short of this, the food looked good but did not deliver on taste.

UPDATE – I did write to Gerard’s to express my disappointment, however they chose to be rather condescending, suggesting that their menu was different and adventurous and ‘not for everybody’ !

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