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Half baked, Stoner degustation, Darlinghurst

I first heard of this through a friend. She thought I would enjoy it, but she herself couldn’t make it. The description didn’t really say much, I have heard of the chefs and have eaten at their restaurants, Dan Hong (Lotus), Thomas Lim (Duke), Mitch Orr (Duke). I love Lotus, especially THE CHEESEBURGER and also love Duke for its CHICKEN WINGS.

Here is the a little blurb about the ‘stoner’ degustation “If it’s deep fried, filled with cheese, dipped in cream or covered in chocolate you’ll be able to find it on the menu, with courses so inspired and over the top that even the most chronic, dutchie induced munchies will be satisfied! Smokers who want to get their drink on too will be able to, with The Dude’s cocktail of choice, a White Russian, free flowing all night plus a few other beverage options. Expect to hear a non stop mix of smoke anthems on the jukebox just to get your mind right. Anyone who’s ever dreamed of a STONER DEGUSTATION should stop dreaming and buy a ticket now!”

The event took place at Duke, which is becoming a favourite and local of mine. The chicken wings are finger licking good – better and ‘healthier’ than KFC. The drinks are awesome, and well, who doesn’t like chicken wings?

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it will deep fried, cheese type, cream and chocolate – hopefully not all mixed together, but I knew I was in for a treat. A ‘Stoner Degustation’ and it was just that, mind blowing and a ‘stoner’!

I went with a dear friend, S, whom I haven’t seen for such a long time. M was there too, and we sat next to each other which was tres cool. As soon as we sat down, we were presented with ‘arizona stoner punch – mint, gin and peach ice tea’. You could definitely taste the gin, it wasn’t strong, it was refreshing and absolutely delicious. Best part, it was refillable! After the day I had today at work, I couldn’t help but drink the first glass fast! Like water it went down quickly, smoothly and absolutely nicely!

First, chip and sambos and it was just that! Two loaves of bread with spread and a bowl of potato chips. Sounds weird? Don’t knock it until you try it.

The potato chips, thin and crispy.

The bread was warm, and had some sort of cheese spread, it was creamy, cheesy and topped with potato chips it was crunchy and burst into all sorts of crunchiness and creaminess. It reminded of something my brother used to eat when he was young, burger rings with rice – its surprisingly good!

Next corn flake milkshake with deep fried corn and bacon pancake – obviously not both together. The corn flake milkshake was weird, it was pretty much just milk with corn flakes, like something you would eat for breakfast. I was definitely not a fan.

The deep fried corn and bacon pancake on the other hand reminded me a little of jagung goreng, corn fritters, and something I grew up with. The corn and bacon pancake was crunchy, and I love the sweetness from the corn (although I don’t think they put enough corn) and the saltiness from the bacon.

Cheese, bacon, sauerkraut spring rolls with butterscotch mayo – you heard that right – BUTTERSCOTCH MAYO! Three words, OH MY GOD!

The spring rolls were cheesy and stringy.The bacon and sauerkraut gave it that extra flavouring. M’s comment ‘Who would’ve have thought bacon, cheese and sauerkraut would go so well together’ – exactly! The butterscotch mayo was just to die for! M wanted to marry it, because it was so fricking good! If she was ‘half-baked’ she would have walked home and licked the damn thing out of its container! Butterscotch mayo – you had me at butterscotch!

Deep fried pickles with ranch. I’m not a massive fan of pickles, I am one of those people that would take out the pickles in burgers, however, this was surprisingly good. Lightly battered, then deep fried, the sourness was a ‘kick’. Dipped in ranch dressing, it was heavenly! Wasn’t my favourite but it was interesting to say the least. S seemed to enjoyed it though and ate majority of it.

The next dish by Mitch is very clever – instant noodles with bong water. Bowl of instant noodles, with fried egg topped with fried onions.

Bong water – soup (which I think is shiitake mushroom) in a bottle in a shape of a ‘bong’ – it was cleverly done. As M would say ‘it was homage to mie goreng, Mitch style!’ It was M’s favourite of the night, the shiitake mushroom broth was absolutely wonderful. The fried egg oozed with yolk, and it was full of flavours and complemented the instant noodles.

Mac and cheese fondue with fried chicken and French onion toast. Oh My God – fried chicken!!!! I squealed like a girl when I saw it. The fried chicken, as always, were sensational! I was tempted to eat all four, but was saving my stomach for what was to come. The French onion toast with crushed doritos was absolutely superb. I loved the crunchiness, the onion flavour, the taste, the dollop of cream cheese on top, it was wonderfully sinful! The mac and cheese fondue I didn’t enjoy as much – it was a little too salty for my liking, and extremely rich! I tried dipping my fried chicken into the fondue and it just made it too salty, which I didn’t enjoy.

Next drink, vodka, kahlua, milk and cream with milo rim. This brought back memories from my uni days, kahlua with milk, or baileys with milk. Again, it was so easy to drink that it was dangerous! I love the milo rim – chocolaty goodness!

The moment I have been waiting for – Juicy Luther by Hongy (Dan Hong) himself. This was utterly sinful, calorific, and frigging evil. So wrong but at the same time, so very right! THE CHEESE BURGER with an evil twist! A tower of wickedness goodness.

Beef patty, bacon, cheese, tomato sauce, pickles and mayo (and other delectable delights which I can’t remember) on a KRISPY KREME donut bun! Yes, you heard me, it was a krispy kreme donut bun. The bun glistened with sugar and gave it that extra sweetness. I had to cut it in half as it was messy, and you know my thoughts on messy burgers. The cheese oozed out of the burger that I had to scrape it back (can’t have a burger without cheese!), the beef patty was tender, and juicy, the bacon, tomato sauce and pickles were great complements. Like last time, sauce trickled down my hands, it was seriously messy, it was seriously sticky, it was seriously wicked, and pure genius. I would like to say that I could probably have eaten another one on my own, but I think I would have had a heart attack! It was THAT FULL ONNN! I am also proud to say, that I did finish the whole thing (probably not something to be proud off!), every single bit of it. If no one was looking, I would have probably licked the plate as well! However, that I believe tipped my fullness right over the edge! Dan – It was heart stopping but pure brilliance! I LOVED IT!

The sinful cheese burger came with a serving of crinkle cut French fries. It was crunchy and crispy, and well, who doesn’t like crinkle cut deep fried French fries? Unfortunately, I didn’t take a photo of the French fries, my hands were just sticky, messy and well dirty!

The food did not stop there, there were more! Desserts! Oh dear god, my poor stomach and liver! Us diners needed a 10 minute break after that mind blowing burger! M went for a walk, and I probably should have, but could not move! So happily sat there absorbing all the delicious goodness I just consumed.

Next the fanta, campari, spider – this had to be my least favourite drink, only cause I am not a fan of campari at all! For me, the campari was strong, couldn’t really taste anything else but I know ‘The Mother’ who didn’t come with me, would have enjoyed this drink very much.

First of the desserts: peaches, ice cream and zomp – that’s right, zomp chocolate. I was getting extremely full by this stage, but couldn’t help but try some of it. The ice cream was deliciously creamy, and the zomp brought back so many childhood memories! It was simple but yet tasty.

And lastly to top it all off deep fried banana split with peanut butter ice cream, peanut brittle, hot chocolate fudge strawberry cream. Oh dear god, my arteries, liver and cholesterol! One mouthful, I just wanted to try one mouthful – infamous last words. The peanut butter ice cream was to die for, large chunks of peanut brittle, sweet, gooey and crunchy were divine – I ate ALL the peanut brittle! So much for just one mouthful! The hot chocolate fudge was thick and chocolaty and the strawberry cream just topped it all off. The deep fried banana was not what I expected, I was hoping it was battered and deep fried, but no batter, just the banana itself. It was ok but the ice cream, brittle and chocolate fudge outshined it all. So good but so bad.

I was ‘half-baked’ and on a high. All that deep fried, the sugar, the cheese and the chocolate – I could feel my heart rate racing. Walking to the car yesterday was difficult, and even worse, the next morning when I got up, I felt light headed. As I walked to the bus stop I could feel my heart rate zoomed and I wasn’t even running, it was a casual walk! Thankfully I am not one of those people that counts calories, cause if I did, I would have probably reached my weekly limit on that burger!

It was a memorable evening, with frigging awesome food, great music, and wonderful friends. I couldn’t do it back to back again but will definitely like to be there for the next one!

Well done Mitch, Thomas and Dan – look forward to the next stoner dinner!

The event cost $100 plus booking fees through mosh tix.

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Half-baked ‘Stoner Degustatoin’

Duke Bistro

63 Flinders Street

Darlinghurst, 2010

Ph: +61 2 9332 3180

  1. December 8, 2010 at 3:12 am

    arghhh im so sad i missed out on this!! lols @ the luther burger

  2. Mel
    December 8, 2010 at 4:40 am

    great photo of the burger…thinking back, i shouldn’t have eaten all the fried gherkins. could go one of dan’s burgers now actually. oh and yes, that butterscotch mayo…really should’ve taken it home with me! 🙂

    • December 8, 2010 at 4:43 am

      hmhmhm i could go for a burger too! Told you you shouldnt have eaten it all! 🙂

  3. December 8, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Ha! What a funny concept for a dinner! I love Peanut Butter Icecream…and pickles (not together ofcourse). Lots of stuff I’d love to try on this menu, but not all in one sitting I think…I’d have a heart attack.

    • December 8, 2010 at 10:47 am

      I think I may have had a mini heart attack! Have had salads for the past two days and it’s so bland compare to what I had on Monday – but I think I do need it! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  4. December 9, 2010 at 5:53 am

    What a great concept for a dinner – I’m sad I’m been so buried under a mountain of rocks that I totally missed this one. Looked like a corker – or is that a stoner? haha.er.

    • December 9, 2010 at 6:11 am

      it was a stoner 🙂 thanks for dropping by! i am sure there will be other events … looking forward to the next one actually!

  5. December 11, 2010 at 12:06 am

    gee louise! that is very sin-full food…. dunno where u put it!

    • December 11, 2010 at 12:11 am

      it has all gone to my big toe? does that count? LOL i ‘hide’ it well!

  6. May 25, 2011 at 12:49 am

    My god I don’t know how you ate all that food! It all looks incredibly delicious though!

    • May 25, 2011 at 1:04 am

      lets just say i ate salads and healthy the following week! it was a lot of food but oh so yummy!

  1. April 14, 2011 at 12:20 am

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