monkey magic | dinner club four

Japanese fusion was on the menu for Ian’s pick for April’s Dinner Club.

Monkey Magic in Surry Hills is a beautiful space; it’s industrial but warm; an open warehouse feel with a mix of concrete and wooden floors and exposed wood ceiling beams.

the entrance stairs
the main dining room
downstairs entrance lounge

Entree

Sake

For Jay’s starter he has sushi roll; it’s so good I have food envy!

SPICY TUNA AND AVOCADO ROLL

raw tuna, avocado,cucumber, anchovy crumbs, orange zest and spicy sauce

For Ian’s starter he has Japanese Skewers:

MONKEY MAGIC SKEWERS

assorted skewers of prawn, chicken, cheese and vegetables

Neen and I shared duck pancakes:

JAPANESE HOISIN DUCK PANCAKES

wholemeal pancakes with roasted duck and hoisin sauce

MAINS

Ian & Neen both have the pork belly:

TWICE COOKED PORK BELLY

it’s served with with wilted cabbage, sweet potato and “yakiniku” sauce

Jay and I both have the chicken:

TERIYAKI CHICKEN

it’s served with with sweet corn, baby spinach, speck, miso butter and candied orange

we all share some side dishes

STEAMED ASIAN GREENS & MONKEY MAGIC SALAD

The steamed greens come with a citrus miso dressing, and the salad is mizuna, radish and baby beetroot with yuzu dressing.

EDAMAME & RENKON CHIPS

My absolute favourite!!! Edamame with pink salt and crispy renkon chips!

Dessert

Neen & I share dessert; it’s actually not that good. The flavours, chocolate and apple, don’t compliment.

NOUGAT GLACE

frozen meringue cream with sable biscuit, apple puree and chervil

Ian has an experimental trio of mini desserts with a sesame theme. He’s not a huge fan of his dessert either.

TRIO OF BLACK SESAME

creme caramel, profiterole and biscuits

Jay has sweet spring rolls and he loves them. He definitely made the best choice!

BANANA , WHITE CHOCOLATE AND SHISO SPRING ROLL

with creme chantilly and green tea ice cream

Monkey Magic | 3 & 4/410 Crown Street  Surry Hills NSW 2010
http://www.monkeymagic.com.au/ 

They currently have a great deal – 20% off Mon-Thurs.

Food: 3 out of 5
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5
Price: 4 out of 5 (with the 20% off) 

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

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