I can’t believe the month of October is almost over. I have been looking forward to going to Dan Hong’s ‘Dude Food Deg’ since I saw it on the Crave event. It was supposed to be a one-off event, five course degustation of junk food ($70 pp, extra $50pp for matching drinks), but it was sold out so quickly that they decided to add two more, which was also sold out! I have always enjoyed Dan’s inspiration so knew I was in for a treat.
We started with the cheeseburger ‘spring roll’ and empanada ‘doner kebab’. Oh my goodness, the spring roll really tasted like a McDonalds cheeseburger, including the pickle, mustard, tomato without the bun but the pastry. It was absolutely delicious and could have definitely eaten a dozen on my own.
Like the spring roll, the empanada did taste like a doner kebab. I remember many drinking nights ending with a doner kebab, but it wasn’t quite the same, it was missing some sort of sauce, chili and barbecue. It was good but my favourite would have to be the spring roll.
Next, Indomie with fried quail egg, deep fried essays and ‘pulled buffalo wing’ sauce. I grew up on Indomie, it’s a dish I know quite well and love. Definitely one of my favourite, it had lots of flavour, the buffalo wing sauce really gave it a nice kick, and the fried eschallots really gave it that extra crunch and flavour. (I did ask my fried egg to be cooked longer, other diners had their yolk oozy)
I really enjoyed the pepperoni pizza with napoletana consomme. It was definitely different. I love wontons, usually filled with pork mince and vegetables, but these ‘wontons’ were filled with cheesy pepperoni pizza. The consomme was very similar to the tomato base of a pizza, it was so delicate and tasty.
Tasting of hotdogs – corndog, chicago style hotdog, foie gras and truffle hotdog. Definitely a fun idea.
The corndog was lightly battered, it was simple but yet tasty. It had the right amount of batter to sausage, and topped with mustard and tomato sauce, it was delicious.
The chicago style hotdog of Frankfurt style sausage, tomato, pickle and mustard was simple and possibly my favourite out of the three. Could have easily polished another two or three.
The foie gras and truffle hotdog was probably the craziest, A generous chunk of foie gras and drizzled with truffle oil. I opt for no foie gras, I know, call me crazy but I just didn’t want it. There were mixed reactions, some loved it and some thought it was crazily sweet!
And if you thought the above was crazy, dessert was donut ice-cream with candied bacon, banana fritter, pretzel praline, peanut butter and raspberry jam. Three words – OH MY GOD! Candied bacon! A guy from another restaurant, who happened to be sitting near me was in awe about this candied bacon. He couldn’t believe it was on the plate, I did offer him some but he politely declined!
The banana fritter was wrapped in kunefe, it was incredibly light and possibly my favourite. The donut ice cream, rich and delightful and eaten with the candied bacon, pretzel praline and peanut butter was just calorific but excellent. I thought my heart stopped for a mini heart attack! I have to admit though, I couldn’t finish the dessert, I was full and it was a tad rich but fantastic!
It was definitely a fun event! I can’t remember the last time I ate so much junk food in one sitting! Dan said that this was ‘probably my last dude food deg forever’. NOOOOOOO!!!!! I was looking forward to more dude food deg in the future! Service at Lotus was fantastic as always! I have enjoyed dining at Lotus, and no doubt will be back for their awesome cheeseburger!
22 Challis Avenue
Potts Point 2011
Ph: +61 2 9326 9000
Spiedo is an Italian restaurant headed by Alessandro Pavoni of the one hatted Ormeggio at the Spit. I have yet to try Ormeggio, it is on my list of places to go. Spiedo can be found on the sixth level of Westfield in Sydney. I love the relaxed vibe, the open kitchen and the friendly atmosphere.
I haven’t done many Crave SIFF events this year. I was meeting up with a friend, and she suggested we do lunch, ‘let’s do lunch’ part of the Crave SIFF events. We both couldn’t go past the Spiedo ‘Let’s do lunch’ – which was slow-cooked pork neck, agrodolce glaze, green peas, silver beet.
The pork was melt-in-your-mouth tender, with sweet and sour sauce which was absolutely delightful. The peas and the crunchy silver beet was a very nice touch. My only gripe would be the size of the serving, it was quite small and I could have definitely eaten two servings of it!
For dessert, we thought we would share the tiramisu, Spiedo Tiramisu ($14). I have to say, I was a little disappointed. I LOVE tiramisu, however this didn’t really hit the spot. It was a deconstructive tiramisu, all the components separated, coffee sponge cake, chocolate, espresso sorbet and mascarpone. The sponge cake was very light and airy, the chocolate nice but bitter, and the espresso sorbet unbelievably bitter that I couldn’t eat it. I think I would have preferred the whole thing assembled together!
I thought the lunch option was quite ‘small’ however pretty good value – two courses for $45 and three courses for $55. Might try their dinner menu one day, it is a larger menu and the pasta did look very good.
Level 6, Westfield Sydney
Ph: +61 2 8072 9999