Remember the days when we got dressed up (out of PJs), our hair didnt look like we had been dragged backwards through a hedge (where are those GHDs?) and Instagram provided our daily make-up inspriation (RIP makeup bag – in fact where is it?).
Getting take out or home delivery isn’t much of a revalation, except when hatted restaurants bring their food into your home for the fist time. That’s a reason to get dressed up and celebrate!
The Star closed its hospitality doors some time ago, but this week Sokyo, Black Bar & Grill along with Luke Nguyen’s Fat Noodle have each created a dinner series called ‘Dinner for two’. This means we can get all the sexiness, at a fraction of the cost, save on an Uber and instead of putting it all on ‘red’ we can splurge on great cocktails from the beverage list at The Star Sydney.
We tried out ‘Fat Noodle’ mainly because we can’t say no to Luke’s famous laksa. In the morning we received our confirmation email and by 7pm a Drive Yello driver dropped off a large paper carrier bag – even Santa Claus hasnt delivered us this much fun!
We kick off with a spanner crab and pomello salad. It’s an elegant starter that has us scoping the bowl like a vigalante for delicate spoonfuls of crab. It’s tossed in a chilli lime dressing with crushed peanuts and beansprouts. Let’s face it, we are really here for the Singapore Seafood laksa, but if you are laksa lovers this could mean someone is in the dog house. The portion is a bit on the small side for sharing without resentment (but maybe that’s us being greedy). Oh! its good. Russet orange ladles of goodness laced with fishcake, scallops, squid, tofu and perfect halves of soft boiled egg. We recommend a strategy of haggling – try offering your dining companion more of the Hainanese Chicken Rice. The bowl is prettily presented with thick slices of poached white cut chicken, tomatoes and cucumber. A side of chicken rice is accompanied with the essential pots of ginger shallot relish and a balanced chilli garlic sauce along with a bowl of chicken soup from the poaching liquid. Desert is a chilled mango sago cream.
All you need for the perfect evening is to add your favourite cocktail. We opted for a ‘Coconut Martini’, a far too drinkable blend of coconut washed Japanese Gin, Maidenii Vermoth and lemongrass. If you need a pick me up then the ‘Reviver’ is a nifty combo of Tassie vodka, Lillet Blanc and Cointreau.
For a total of $70 its incredible value for dinner and with cocktails only $13 a pop, it is a steal. So do your hair, put your lippy on, heck even put on that sexy black dress. Celebrate fine dining at home while it lasts!