Sunday, September 23, 2012

Huxtable - Excellent Fusion Food

It's not often fusion food works, especially Asian fusion food. However, Huxtable is one of those places that makes it work, brilliantly. Owner and head chef, Daniel Wilson, creates a fine balance between the Asian flavours and using them to enhance dishes rather than just use them because he can.

I heard, or more accurately, saw photos of the food at Huxtable through Instagram. A quick Google search showed heaps of blog reviews, all raving about how good the food is. I quickly made a booking for dinner after browsing the sharing options menu to look for dishes I would like. I knew the Korean Pork Ribs were a must order.

The restaurant is a very tiny space, utilising all of it to sit as many customers as possible while still maintaining a level of comfort. I like the assorted table arrangements and felt a good vibe there. The open kitchen makes for interesting viewing, and you can even catch the man himself, Daniel, happily posing for a photo should you aim your camera in his direction, such as I did.

To start the meal, I ordered the XO Crab Buns, Tom Yam School Prawns and Crisp Filo Lamb Logs. The lamb logs were good, with a crispy exterior while not being too dry inside. The crab buns were excellent, with the soft buns complemented by the zingy crab filling. Lastly, the school prawns were so moreish that you can't stop going back for more.

Next up, on the 'To Share' options, I ordered the Chicken Liver Parfait with Rillettes and Salami, Sweetcorn and Black Bean Salad, the famous Korean Pork Ribs and a Wagyu Green Curry. For me, the liver parfait dish was probably the dish I liked least of the night, and I had thought it would be the dish I would like most. While the items were quite nice, they didn't really excite me much. Instead, the sweetcorn salad was really exciting, with chipotle and lime creme fraiche really making it rich and spicy. It does get a bit heavy by the end when the creme fraiche starts to really kick in. Definitely a dish to share amongst a few people. The wagyu curry was more of a dry style curry, but the addition of the other elements helped to make it less dry. It was a good solid dish. And lastly, the Korean ribs are out of this world amazing. They're quite spicy, so watch out if you can't handle hot food. Served with a spicy slaw and chili gherkin, this was a fantastic dish that I want again and again.

Despite being extremely full by this stage, I forced everyone to eat desserts still. It is the best part of every meal. The Dark Chocolate and Peanut Delice with salted caramel and chocolate sorbet was an excellent dessert. So rich and beautiful. You can't go too wrong with salted caramel, and paired with chocolate, it's a deadly combination. The final dessert we had was the Rhubarb Jam Doughnuts with orange blossom custard and yoghurt sorbet. This was such a great dessert. The rhubarb worked so well with the custard and I couldn't stop eating them.

The service was really friendly and professional. I liked how the waitress help recommend the amount of food as it's really hard to judge how big serving sizes are with a lot of the sharing options at modern restaurants now. She helped cull back some of my enthusiasm or else we would have had far too much food, which is such a waste and I hate that. The ambiance was really good, with the small room buzzing from happy people. I really loved the food and the flavours were very exciting. I'm definitely going back for more and would recommend you go as well.

Overall Rating: 16/20, Exciting fusion food in a comfortable setting.

Scores: 1-9: Unacceptable, don't bother. 10-11: Just OK,some shortcomings. 12: Fair. 13: Getting there. 14: Recommended. 15: Good. 16: Really good. 17: Truly excellent. 18: An outstanding experience. 19-20:Approaching perfection, Victoria's best.

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  1. Looks good, and I'm glad you shoved some dessert down despite how full you were, it sounds amazeballs.

    Now go try Huxtaburger!

  2. Wow, the ribs and the donuts look spectacular! Another one to add to the list. (Although I want to try Huxtaburger first!!)

  3. Always room for dessert ;) especially when its as pretty as that!

  4. I agree with you on how fusion food is SO tricky to master, especially when Asian is involved. But I trust your taste 100% and am sure they really pulled it off very nicely too. Everything sounds fabbb... Why don't we ever have dinners at places like this? Oh wait, I know. It's cause I'm still on my measly student budget. Can't wait to work full time and get to try places like these. YUM

  5. This food all looks incredible - thanks so much for sharing!

  6. I've been dying to go to huxtable. looks so good~

  7. Gosh, I still haven't been! Um, yes, XO Crab Buns now please!!!!!!!

  8. All I keep seeing in my head is crab buns! OMG.. This looks smashing!

  9. I need to try this place sometime! Those XO crab buns look and sound so amazing - hopefully they'll still be on the menu by the time I get around to trying this place out.

    And yes, +1 for Huxtaburger!