For SH's birthday dinner this year, she chose Pei Modern. It opened in the latter part of 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel near Circular Quay.
Mark Best, the renowned Sydney chef, opened his first Pei Modern in Melbourne a few years ago and when news filtered through of a Sydney opening, the foodie world was abuzz!
We initially booked to meet in January but I got so sick we had to postpone until late February.
Bread was served in a rustic mini sack. Interesting...
We decided to start with something 'Clean and Green' - Cucumber and young coconut salad. I don't think I have ever had young coconut flesh on a salad but I did like its sweetness and bite. It was a fresh and rather summery salad. There were bits of jellified coconut water which offset the crunchy cucumber.
We then had the Tiger prawns, vadouvan and caramelised yoghurt. It was beautifully cooked. There was a smoky flavour and the prawns were sweet. I didn't think we needed the yoghurt but I think it's a personal preference.
Ricotta dumplings, zucchini flowers, lazy man's pesto was the large dish we went for. So glad we ordered this, the dumplings were pillow soft and there was a lovely texture to the ricotta. It was a well balanced dish of flavours and textures.
Salmon tail cooked on the bone, with samphire and rouille. There was a lot of salmon meat at the tail end, a lot more than I anticipated. Which is a good thing but by this time we were starting to feel a tad full. I did enjoy the flavours of the salmon and liked the saltiness of the samphire.
How could we not order the Sebago hand cut chips! We couldn't resist and I must say it was a mighty fine bowl of hot chips. Quite addictive really!
For dessert I had one of their specials of the night. It was Mango sorbet with ginger granita. I enjoyed the freshness of the summer flavours. SH had a taste and thought the the ginger granita didn't taste natural. But I actually liked it!
The service I would say is good. The number of people serving us throughout the evening were friendly, attentive and made an effort to chat to us when they were at our table. I couldn't find fault with the service and the food as a whole was good.
Four Seasons Hotel
199 George Street
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