Universal - Darlinghurst, Sydney
Universal. This was one birthday dinner, back in March, that I was really looking forward to as I've heard rave reviews about the food, and the desserts, can't forget about the glorious desserts...
Hilarious cocktail list - with cocktail names such as 'Get in Cider', what's not to love?
Funky and colourful decor:
Bitch slap cocktail
Geisha girl cocktail
Complimentary bread to start off the meal with
As we ordered 2 savoury dishes each and it was a table of 12 - I missed out on the names of some of the following dishes, if any of the dining participants can remember, please shoot me a message! Thanks :)
Hiramasa kingfish sashimi, sweet grilled eel, shiso, finger lime, ginger sesame seaweed and yuzu jelly
Sichuan spiced duck, seared sea scallops, palm heart, smoked eggplant sambal
Air dried quail and pork sausage, biodynamic brown rice, avocado and green mango salad
Roasted rock flathead, crisp pork belly, garlic mushrooms, black pepper broth, gremolata
Grilled yellowfin tuna, roasted heiroom tomatoes, potato galette and spicy tomato jam
Sticky rice and salted duck egg cakes, coconut, pomelo and roasted cashew salad
The highlight of the night were definitely the gorgeous desserts, we happily ordered one of each dessert to share around the table of 12 (plus 1 more Gaytime to make up the numbers!) :
Universal's signature dessert - Gaytime goes nuts
Honeycomb ice cream, caramel parfair, chocolate crunch, salted hazelnut caramel
Loved this rendition of one of my favourite ice creams ever
Mocha bomb - valrhona araguani chocolate mousse, dates and espresso caramel, espresso ice cream
ménage à trois - roquefort mousse, walnut nougatine and candied cumquats
Definitely a dessert for lovers of blue cheese, for everyone else... it's an acquired taste. I happily passed this one on.
The mains were interesting with a clear modern asian influence. I can't speak for the other dishes, but I did find that my savoury dishes lacked the 'wow' factor. The desserts definitely stole the show - absolutely loved them and would go back just for these alone.