Thursday, January 22, 2009

Billy Kwong

  • Billy Kwong, 3/355 Crown St Surry Hills (9332 3300)
Join the queue early to ensure you get a table at this tiny 50 seat restaurant, because if you miss out, it will be up to a two hour wait at the pub across the road. Once inside sit on backless stools and enjoy the theatre of Kylie Kwong's organic authentic restaurant which is carbon neutral. I would suggest the banquet to really experience as many dishes as you can (~$90pp). The stand out dishes to me include:

Sashimi of Hiramasa Kingfish

Steamed Prawn Wontons with Organic Brown Rice Vinegar Dressing

Crispy Prawn Wontons with Sweet Chilli Sauce

Homestyle Fried Biodynamic Eggs with Organic Soy & Homemade XO

Crispy Skin Duck with Blood Plum Sauce

---------> This was absolutely amazing. I think I was actually speechless as the plums just exploded in my mouth. I have never experienced such a burst of flavour and have dream about it ever since. However, due to seasonality, the sauce is altered with the seasons and I have also had it with an orange and cinnamon sauce, also nice but nothing as breathtaking as the plum.

For dessert you enjoy an organic fruit platter and organic dark chocolate to compliment the meal but not ruin the flavours you enjoy during the course of the night.
It is nice to watch the chef's and waitstaff work so smoothly in such a small and exposed space without imposing on your evening.
An excellent place to enjoy a long night with a close group of friends who want to try fresh Chinese or have a blurred vision of what true Chinese food encompasses.

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