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The last month looked a little like this

November 3rd, 2009  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  3 Comments

The ‘Sugar Hit’ dessert plate at Azuma Kushiyaki had so many parts that it spanned two trays. My favourite bit: the vanilla cheesecake that suffered raspberry ‘internal bleeding’ when you spooned deep into it. Will loved the mysterious coconut dessert that you baptised with a glass of maple syrup. The presence of the salty seaweed snacks among the cakes and mousse sparked question marks and amusement – like a mistranslated punchline. Lots of fun, all round, nevertheless.

I was walking by when Ashfield’s Big Yum Cha started. There were no lazy Susans (or instances of trolley-cart rage), just Liverpool Road parallel-parked with tables full of takeaway goods. The street-stall vibe was a nice thing.

Swissotel’s ‘Sugar Hit’ was like a Miro painting in raspberry planes and chocolate angles and drops.

(The surrounds didn’t quite match the Spanish artist’s joyous scribbles and plops of colour, though – why do hotels always shelter a faint layer of sadness?)

And there were a few other things we experienced during October’s Sydney International Food Festival (including a confusing experience at Glass brasserie), but this is just a bite-sized record of the month that just blitzed by …

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  1. Yours is the only Azuma Kushiyaki cheesecake and chocolate mousse that I’ve seen served in cups so far…any more photos to come?

  2. leetranlam says:

    Hi MD, I notice you are quite a fan of the Azuma Kushiyaki dessert plate!
    These were the only photos that I’ve got from Will; as you probably found, they were hard to photograph.
    Maybe they were mixing it up near the end of the month.
    Also, we didn’t have to book for it (on your blog, you mention AK being ‘booked out’ for Sugar Hit), we just turned up & were lucky.

  3. pixelhazard says:

    Oh yum! Your month looks more delicious than mine

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