Since the last time we visited Grand Pacific at their launch party, we knew we wanted to come back and try more from their enticing menu. You can check out the previous post here. Luckily on my bloggerversary I was invited back to try some more of the Far Eastern delights. Upon arrival we were greeted by the host downstairs who walked us up and through the bar to our table. Its a busy Friday evening and the bar is lively with people having after work drinks, ready to take on the town. There was a nice buzz to the venue, we knew we were in for an enjoyable evening. Once again I did feel the music a little loud for an intimate meal, however this is a place that merges the best of both worlds.
We opted for two different items for each course to share as everything looked amazing. I am also a HUGE fan of plate swapping, mainly because I am greedy, but secondly because I hate food envy. There are so many flavours within this delicious menu it was so hard to make a choice.
Asparagus With Crispy Egg and Yuzu Hollandaise ★★★★★
We absolutely love eggs Benedict and knew instantly we had to try. The egg was perfectly cooked and somewhat different with a crispy sesame shell. The asparagus was al dente – perfectly cooked (just how I like it). The hollandaise sauce paired beautifully with the nutty texture and taste of the sesame crispy egg.
Crab, Vermicelli & Pineapple Salad ★★★★★
I for one am a huge fan of fresh crab, and this did not disappoint. The salad was so light and refreshing, the crab was soft and moist. The sweet pineapple, apple and coriander compliments the kick of the chill and radish.
Sesame Crusted Tuna ★★★★★
This was perfectly well-seasoned and cooked. Tuna steak for me HAS to be served seared, super rare in the middle. It was absolutely gorgeous. It was served with a side of crunchy vegetables and lovely butternut squash and miso puree. Perfection! I personally would have loved to have seen it with a fresh crisp salad rather than warmed sides, but that is my personal preference and it was still delicious even so.
Beef Tsukemen ★★★★★
The beef was cooked very well. The sides complimented the dish well, a mixture of bok choi, noodles, egg and mushrooms. Although sauce too faulty? for me would have been better if I poured on myself.
Butter Lead Salad ★★★★★
We opted for a side salad as we just wanted to try everything on the menu, so went all out. It was as amazing as last time, and it didn’t disappoint. The fresh crispy salad with shredded crispy duck skin. Nom!
Chocolate Fondant ★★★★★
I am a huge chocolate fan, and as soon as I saw this on the menu I knew I had to try it. It was melt in the mouth and chewy in the middle – the fondant was cooked to perfection. The honeycomb, vanilla icecream and salted caramel sauce added a perfect mixture of textures – crunchy, sweet, warm and cold. Nicely decorated with edible flowers, always a cute touch. Lovely sweet to finish off the amazing dinner.
Mango Mousse with Coconut Panna Cotta ★★★★★
I was so full after all the delicious food and wine that I wanted to opt for something light and not too heavy. The panna cotta was refreshingly light and extremely tasty, with a good wobble. The mango and coconut flavours came through well. And sesame Tuille adding the perfect crisp/crunch to the soft and creamy panna cota. Perfect dessert for the end of a three course meal
Wine/drinks: We opted for a bottle of Pinot Grigio (our favourite). Served from a champagne ice bucket – regularly topped up by staff so we didn’t have to. Bottled water was also provided. Next time we will have to try the cocktails!
The staff were extremely attentive, we weren’t left without wine or food all evening. Would I revisit? Hell, yes. Everyone was super friendly we chatted to the manager, waitress and bouncers.
The environment is always fab and really chilled. We even ended up chatting to the table next to us to compare food ☺. What I love about living ventures is that all of their brands are completely different, no two are the same and each comes with a different experience and food.
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