Monday, March 5, 2012

@thereddoor




The two entrees; (The menu on the website is different to the one at the restaurant, so it's slightly difficult to remember the names, but the first one is duck and sausage)

The tender ducks did succeed in making me hungrier as i longed for more succulent meat.

To me, they were both delicious, and a good start to the meal (almost better than the actual mains).


Herb baked leather jacket

This was absolutely divine. So soft and tender that it just melts in your mouth. The sauce complements the fish perfectly, and together this combination is a knock-out.


Roasted veal sirloin with mushroom puree, parsnip, upland cress and thyme jus

We were actually looking forward to the meat dishes the most, but overall they didn't meet the standards set by the fish dishes. So if you do ever visit, I strongly recommend one of the two fish plates.


This was my favourite dish of the night, the flavoured crispy skin texture combined with the tender fish was nicely complimented with the crunch of the tangy salad.


The meat was quite tender, well complimented with the bittersweet sauce but i have tasted better, and quite average for lamb chops at a fine dining restaurant.


Mushroom pearl barley, parsley, fondant leeks, crispy enoki mushrooms and carrot air


Interesting mash of flavours but nothing too distinct or memorable about this dish.

This was probably my least favourite, but mostly because it had no meat, so to me it didn't feel like it was worth the same price as all the others, especially if you're only choosing one option.

***

The Red Door, had quite a nice private, mystical yet strict ambience. As the name suggests, a bright red door greeted us at the entrance. Due to its steepness and well established appearance, I walked in with expectations of fine taste. Personally i was a little disappointed (this is what happens when you expect), as the atmosphere of overly hosh poshness failed to equate to the quality of the food. Perhaps if it was more friendly it would of made the "fine" dining experience more pleasant. Not to compare, but Anna and I had a great experience at Masterchef's George Calombaris's restaurant "The Press Club", it was quality food worth the price with very friendly service that topped up the experience. For this reason we may have felt a little alienation to be able to "connect" with the taste of the food.

Overall it was still a satisfying evening, although it probably didn't meet the standards set by the price and snobbery of the place. And don't worry, we didn't eat all this by ourselves. Not only would we have not fit it all in, but it would have been waaaay out of our budget! We went as a group of five, so we had the opportunity to order every one of the five main courses, thus were able to taste most of what they had to offer, rather than having to form an opinion based on one dish. Anyway the fish dishes are well deserving of the praise they received, so those are definitely recommended!

45 comments:

Nina said...

yummy! everything looks delicious;)

Nadiye Meral said...

Oh that looks like amazing dishes! Yum!!

Lena said...

Cool post!

xx
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Anete said...

Looks so delicious! :)

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rolala said...

The entrees at this place look amazing!
rolala loves

MistressCatgirl said...

All the food looks delicious. I hate it when the food doesn't match the ambiance. However, taking a chance on a dive and getting great food is always a great experience.

Sick by Trend said...

Only to see that red door is worth to go! ;) The food looks delicious. Love the post!

xx

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Francesca. said...

Wow, the food looks great, you're so lucky you went in a group and got to try a bit of everything :) xx

Nancy said...

Love the food shots... =)
xo,
nancy

PSbyDila said...

That looks delicious!

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Laura said...

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a sweet comment on my blog hun!
Perhaps you'd like to follow each other?
xoxo,
Fashionhypnotised girl

Jayme and Mendi said...

Looks awesome! Everything is plated so elegant!

Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

jess said...

It looks like a nice meal.

Tibs said...

Luckily I just ate before visiting your blog,
otherwise i would have died for hunger...

Nice blog!
Tibs

ps. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Well... said...

Mmm, well, the food photos turned out looking scrumptious at least! Haha, ah well, at least you got to try this place out. The red door does look very cool though!

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Elly said...

the food looks delicious! :)

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Jenna said...

Wow so fancy!!!

Veronica said...

yum!!! looks delish :)

trishie said...

Oh what a shame that you were disappointed. The food looks beautiful though.

Stevia said...

your blog is full of yummy food pics!
foodporn alert!

<3
The Sweetest Escape 

Chloe said...

How delicious. Going to have to put this on my list of places I must try. Sad to hear that you weren't as impressed as you hoped to be.

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cAtHeRiNeLiNe said...

yummy:) and now I'm hungry:)

mccandie said...

interesting dishes and nice look. ^^

Style Diaries said...

this post made me hungry.

xoxo;
Style Diaries

GiuliaC_Sparkly Fashion said...

Everything seems so yummy!!! I'm hungry now!!!
xoxo

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Bravoe Runway said...

Nothing is more dissapointing when you enter a restaurant with snobby waitstaff, with high expectations and subpar delivery! I love the dress in your fade-out post! Hope you'll stop by, would you like to follow each other?

Karola said...

love your blog guys! cuz food and fashion is what I love most HA! ;)
thanks for stopping by my blog!
wanna follow each other?

hugs!
Karola
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Inggrid Monalita said...

hi dear,
I love your blog. I think, that is delicious! Wanna follow each other? I'm so glad followed by stylish person like you. I'll be sure follow you back, hun.

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Sabrina said...

beautiful post!!!

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Wonder Woman said...

Red doors are LOVE. Reminds me of American Beauty :)

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Ruby And Siel said...

Looking good! :)

Carmen said...

Same here.. Thank you for your sweet comment! I love these pictures, this looks a-ma-zing!

Lau Figueiredo said...

Well from the photos it looked promising but if it is as you say a kind of snobby place that's really bad.

Lau
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Bego said...

ohhh great post!!love everything!!!
I follow you back!
xoxo
bego
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Mary said...

Impressive cousine!
There smth mistique and magnifying about red door)

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S said...

Seems a suggestive place with many interesting dishes!
Nice pics!
xxx
S
http://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

Vicky said...

Thanks a lot :)
Yummy food, now I'm hungry.
xx


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Nee said...

thanks a lot for the comment:)
this food looks delicious!!:)

Mary Kapsi said...

Love your blog my dear!
Check out my blog and maybe we can follow each other if you like :)

http://maryfashionlove.blogspot.com/
Mary
xx

Dilan Dilir said...

wonderful photos :D the food looks yummie"

Analisa said...

All the food looks so good!

M.E said...

yumm!! these look delicious!

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Melissa said...

That leather jacket dish looks soooo good. I am drooling on my keyboard :)

Mel x

VeRo! said...

nom nom nom!!!

michellek said...

smart! i never know how to act in fancy restaurants, i'd rather just have a burger and be done with it but the plating is so pretty!

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