Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beirut & Madame George @ Auckland

Beirut brings a contemporary elegance to Middle Eastern cuisine, imbuing what look like avant-garde creations with everything from sujuk to sumac - start with the scallops, complemented by cured pork jowl, pickled green walnuts, chamomile & macadamia water, then check out the spiced duck with red cabbage, rhubarb & a duck egg yolk flavoured with coffee & cacao, before finishing with a lovely pashmak, a Persian saffron candy floss served here with clotted cream, seeds, dried fruits & apricot tea. Cocktails are also unconventional - try the beetroot shrub drinking vinegar concoction blended with Absolut Vodka, or the hay-&-burnt-butter-infused apple brandy with Angostura bitters & smoked salt.

 Madame George puts its own spin on Asian cooking - hoisin-marinated pork with house-pickled cabbage on fried roti shares the menu with a pairing of butterfly pea-dyed coconut milk rice & laksa paste prawns; the muted flavours & not-quite-there textures won't necessarily impress those of us who live in Malaysia. Cocktails continue the theme - the Caesar-san comprises clamato juice with soy, wasabi & pickled bean.


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4 comments:

  1. Beautiful, Auckland. Now you're making miss New Zealand. Wish I could go again someday...soon.

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    1. Suituapui: it'd be nice of you to return to relive your fond memories ... And hopefully to make some new memories! ;)

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  2. Beautiful night view and the food at Beirut looks pretty too! More and more reason to revisit Auckland, hehehe.

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    1. CK: yeah, very elegant reinterpretation of middle eastern ingredients with global elements. Auckland is fun to stroll around at night, especially near the waterfront ;)

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