Saturday, 29 August 2015

Azure charisma

As well as the beautiful setting, Azure never fails with their dishes, they always come up with creative dishes with interesting pairing of ingredients.

There were three of us so we tried each course on the new Autumn sensations menu.

Autumn Sensations 3-course Set Dinner:

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Starter - Beef Tartare:
With quail egg yolk, crisp bread wafers & parsley pesto

The beef was silky and finely minced which was made even silkier when the quail egg was mixed with bursts of freshness from the parsley pesto.
It was wonderful eating it with the crisp bread wafers.
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Starter -Pan-seared Sea Scallops
With black garlic purée, asparagus papers & Yuzu pudding

Scallop lovers will like this because the sweet and sour notes of the black garlic puree and yuzu make it appetizing.
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Starter -Pineapple Carpaccio
With fresh apples, poached cherry tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella & fresh basil

As expected, I liked this because of the thinly sliced juicy pineapples paired with crisp apples and tomatoes complimented by the creamy mozzarella.
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Main - Roasted Beef Tenderloin
With Rösti, slow-cooked shallot petals, caramelised cauliflower purée &
Gremolata sauce

The beef was seriously good and the cauliflower puree was amazingly flavourful paired with a crispy rosti.

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Main -Black Pepper Crusted Tuna Loin:
With tempura onion rings, poached cherry tomatoes & caramelised cauliflower purée

The star of the dish was the battered shallot rings which are sweeter and crispier than onions and they are so tender that they don't need much chewing!

Again, the cauliflower puree was delicious with the finely seared tuna.
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Main -Pan-fried Duck Egg
With salt-baked beetroot, butter-poached asparagus, couscous & Parmesan shavings

As well as the meat dishes, this one was also my favourite because the couscous was cooked in herb infused chicken stock which makes it flavourful and the runny egg yolk makes it taste richer paired with tasty Parmesan and salt baked beetroot.
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Dessert - 43-degree Slow-cooked Peach
With pumpkin cream, sake sheet & tarragon

The peaches were divine soaked in strong sake so they were not too sweet and the crystal jelly sake sheet on top was beautiful.

The pumpkin cream had a strong vanilla taste which was sweet and smooth with a lovely strong hint of vanilla.
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Dessert -White Chocolate Sponge Cheese Cake
With Yuzu sorbet & sea salt

The cheese cake was interesting, the texture was like a dense creamy sponge cake.
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Can't wait for more new creations by Azure's cool Chef Luke but for the Autumn sensations menu, I recommend the Beef or Pineapple carpaccio as starters, all the mains but I have to admit I liked the couscous the most and for dessert I recommend the peach.

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