I’ve joined the Amateur Gourmet meet-up group already a while ago and I’ve been to an amazing Filipino dinner and a pie baking disaster. Since last Friday I can also add also add a great Christmas dinner to my list.
Amanda and Makoto prepared an amazing eight-course menu for a small group of selected guests. Amanda is known for her amazing desserts at her restaurant Riquiqui (which unfortunately closed now that she is returning to Canada) and Makoto is the star chef who had set up Liberty Private Works and Liberty Exchange.
The menu was a mix of Western dishes like Curry Bouillabaisse…
… and Carbonara Gnocchi with Caviar and a fried egg:
We also experienced some amazing Japanese dishes, of course, presented with a little twist! We loved the hamachi fish marinated in citrus, with cucumber, daikon (radish) coconut shavings and fresh coconut ice cream.
The main course was a lovely piece of beef with vanilla potato mash (very rich!) and a soy-lime reduction. Some radish on top added to a nice experience in terms of texture and taste.
Grilled foie gras on a bed of rice with chestnuts was very filling, but tasty too!
We had three different desserts. The lemon souffle with honey-ginger ice cream was nice and the chocolate mochi in ginger tea refreshing, but the best one was the salted peanut caramel. I know it does not sound nice, but a deconstructed snickers bar was what the dish resembled: great salty caramel, with a creamy caramel mousse on top of shortbread, with dark bitter chocolate. Very yummy, but too rich and filling to empty my plate!