Sorry. Haven’t posted for a while. Quite a few places this past month i’ve been wanting to write a review. Been to a wedding in Gold coast earlier this month so thought I might write about it as it was interesting.
I had to organise bucks for my mate and thought we might go somewhere nice. I have absolutely no idea where to go in Gold Coast, but his requests were – wanted good view, somewhere high.
Theres a few tall buildings now in Gold Coast. The last time I visited there was around 8 years ago. things have changed. Theres the big Q1 building and now theres the soul building which is in the heart of Surfers Paradise. So googled it up and found Seaduction (which is a restaurant in Soul). Originally we just wanted a small room with some friends to have dinner. However, the lady told me when I booked that there was an event on called Wine Wars. – Basically 2 winemakers battle it out to become the Wine favourite region. The even was hosted by Nick Stock – who regularly hosts these events and through the gourmet traveller as well. The 2 wines were 1. William Downie and 2. Dalrymple. William Downie wines are based in Gippsland and Mornington Penninsula and the Dalrymple is based in Tasmania. Coming up from Victoria, we had a huge advantage as I will tell you guys later on why.
So tonight was a 5 course degustation with matching wines from each region. Started off with a sparkling champagne on arrival and were led to our table. Then we tasted 2 glasses of wine for each course (we had about 10 glasses in total)! There were probably 50 people that night. Menu was based on seafood – thus naming it SEADUCTION restaurant!
First course was the Froe Gras Parfait with WA langoustines, tarragon sponge, and a light truffle powder with brioche soil. This was delicious indeed. Yummy Langoustines, and the froe gras parfait was divine.
Lots of wine. Mainly reds. don’t ask me what was what, was too pissed to remember! There was a game we had to play. Which was everyone on the table had to vote which wine was which. As I mentioned before, coming from Victoria had a huge advantage. Well, I knew where the wines were probably from just by the colour and taste. Most of the reds were Pinot Noirs, Tasmania, being a cooler climate had a lighter colour and lighter intensity. I’ll tell you what the prize was a bit later as we ended up guessing 100% of the wines correctly.
The Second course was Seared diver scallops. (Again the aperture was too high on my camera, totally forgot what else it had. Anyway some great scallops we had there.
The Third Course was an atlantic salmon fifty degree with spheres of goat yoghurt, lightly caramalised chicken wing cauliflower puree. One of our friends didn’t like the sous vide way. I certainly did. As a foodie, you have to be open to all types of techniques, and when its sous vide at such a temperature, the salmon will not be overcooked at all. Portion was small but was tasty indeed.
Our fourth course for dessert was raspberry and beetroot, with rose petal, white peach gel, some chocolate and gold leaf on top. (sorry I can’t read my menu). Again, tasty with smart flavours and combination.
Lastly we have some petit of fours – macarons, honeycomb, some dark and white chocolate. I just wished they had another course or something. There was obviously way too much wine but not enough food!
So in the end, because we guessed all the wines correctly our prize was a bottle of magnum Jansz. Perfect present for the buck!
We also played another game where everyone had to answer questions to the wine given. Again the buck was the last man standing and he won ANOTHER bottle of Janz!
We’ve been pretty lucky indeed!
Finished off with a latte. The barista was obviously quite skilled in his latte art.
Overall, it was a fun night with lots of amazing wines and good fine dining food. The portions were a bit small, but the atmosphere and the quality of food was very good.
Rating – 16/20
Highlight of the day – won 2 bottles of Jansz Magnum (1.5L)
Will I come back – why not?
Dish of the day – the Langoustine with froe grois parfait.