When I think of Salaryman, I think of men in grey suits being stuck in their office cubicles, working till the wee hours of the morning. This modern Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills must be the type of place they crave going to after work. The venue was slick and modern, with neon lights and dripping wall art. The menu was really interesting, and definitely not one you would find in your local Japanese eatery. It was a tough choice narrowing down what to eat.
My friends and I started with the Chicken liver parfait. The parfait was silky smooth and rich, and paired perfectly with the yuzu syrup and the buttery madeleines. It's definitely a dish that I would order again.
Next was the Prawn toast okonomiyaki, which tasted as good as it looked. The okonomiyaki sauce, bonito flakes and mayonnaise were great accompaniments to to the crunchy prawn toast.
I love bone marrow - it's rich, gelatinous and luscious. Spread onto the deep fried milk bread, it's like butter but a creamier version. The serrano ham added a salty touch but I must admit, it did get a bit rich towards the end but still, oh so delicious.
Salaryman's Pork and pippies ramen is made with a pork and chicken broth, with cha shu pork, wood fired pippies, burnt garlic and sesame oil, spring onion and pickled egg. The broth is rich and creamy and the noodles had a nice springy-ness to them. I enjoyed the addition of pippies in the ramen,
For dessert, we got the Croissant taiyaki - a fish shaped pastry filled with gooey chocolate custard. The pastry was buttery and flaky and the richness of the custard was offset by the ice cream. It was hard not to reach back in for another bite.
I am a big fan of persimmon so when I saw a dessert featuring persimmon on the menu, I had to order it. The persimmon was sweet and juicy, and teamed perfectly with the delicate sable (a French shortbread) and the creme fraiche ice cream.
I was very impressed by Salaryman overall, the ambiance is great, the food is top notch. Definitely one to visit again!
On my search of unusual cuisines to eat, I came across Queenie's, a Caribbean restaurant in Surry Hills. The place was lively on a Saturday night with music beating along in the background.
We started with the Spiced lamb with green chilli yoghurt bammies - a Jamaican type of flatbread, reminded me of a tostada. Although the serving was small, it packed a tonne of flavour and was absolutely delicious.
For mains, we went with the Jerk Chicken with jungle slaw. The serving was very generous. The spice coating was tasty and the meat very juicy. The red cabbage slaw had a tangy dressing which complemented the chicken well. One of the chicken wings was slightly undercooked which was a bit of a downer.
We also ordered the special of the night, which was a jerk beef curry with dirty rice and naan. Flavours were good without being spectacular. I was interested to know what dirty rice was - turns out it is just normal rice cooked with some chicken livers and peppers to give it that 'dirty' colour. Again, the serving was ginormous so there was no way we could fit in dessert.
Great atmosphere and a good introduction to Caribbean cuisine.
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