A getaway trip can’t be complete if there isn’t dinner plans at a hatted restaurant and of course, trusty Mr D had made a reservation at Aloft for our anniversary dinner and I’m glad he did because it did get quite busy. Stepping inside, it was beautiful. Set in a glassed restaurant that sits over the water, it was totes romantic. The staff gladly showed us to our table by the window and we chose to do the $80 set menu. The good thing about Aloft is there’s set menus for people that eat everything, vegetarian, vegans and pescatarian so there’s something for everyone.
The kingfish sashimi was very fresh and Mr D loved it. I wasn’t a huge fan of it with the buttermilk but each to their own I guess.
Kingfish Sashimi, buttermilk & spring onion
The Pig’s ear freaked me out a little bit and I found it to have a gamy taste but Mr D loved it. I found it to not be crunchy but a more rubbery taste and I couldn’t have any so Mr D ate it all!
Master Stock Pig’s Ear & Prickly ash
The BBQ pork belly with tumeric wafer was AMAZEBALL! It reminded me of a Vietnamese dish Banh Xeo but in mini form. There’s even a hint of fish sauce in there too!!! Oh, you’re also meant to eat it with your hands like a taco and it does get messy but definitely have fun!
BBQ Pork Belly, Fig leaf & tumeric wafer
Mr D had the original menu which included the drunken chicken wing and he absolutely loved it. It was crispy on the outside and oh so juicy on the inside. The cream combined with the caviar, my gosh it was oh so heavenly!
Drunken Chicken Wing, Cultured cream & avruga caviar
I exchanged my chicken wing for the wood ear mushroom dumplings and boy was I glad I did. The flavours were just amazing and I couldn’t get enough of it. However, there was one thing I did find was the dumpling skin was quite rubbery and tough which was a bit disappointing.
Wood Ear Mushroom Dumplings & Alliums
The yellow fish curry was creamy, light and sweet altogether. The pickled fennel gave it a hint of freshness.
Yellow Fish Curry, Coconut pickled fennel
The Korean Beef came out and boy oh boy, Mr D almost fell off his chair. It was the most succulent, juicy and oh so much flavour piece of beef that he’d seen. Just an FYI, this dish is a touch spicy so be prepared.
Korean Beef, Gochuang & pear
The best dish was saved for last and of course it was the dessert. Inspired by Vietnamese coffee, this was a mixture of AWESOME SAUCE. From the bitterness of the coffee, to the sweetness of the condensed milk ice cream to the texture and buttery biscuit of the sable, it all worked so well together. I would definitely come back just to have dessert if I could.
Condensed Milk Ice Cream, Coffee & Sable
The food was amazing and for the price tag, it was quite reasonable. I would recommend the tasting menu if you do come here and let Aloft do the hard work of planning your meals and you can just sit back, enjoy a glass of wine and of course the company that you’re with!