Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Century - 金唐薈

Gonna cut this post between my New Zealand Trip posts for a little change.

So, I was fortunate enough to be invited for a sneak peak banquet at the newly opened restaurant in The Star - The Century on 19 July...thats 3 days before anyone yo!

Since it was a VIP banquet, the food was served in small portioned plates rather than in communal dishes in Asian countries.  I went again the following Wednesday and it was back to normal.

I was late so I missed the cocktails and canapes :( but don't worry, I got all the entree, mains and desserts so it's all good.

 
The Century

The entrance have massive tanks filled with crazy amounts of live seafood including head sized abalone and monster crabs.

 
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc

No night out is complete for me without drinks so a couple glasses of nice wine is great way to start dinner.

 
Chinese Tea

They had a little candle lit so it kept the tea warm!

Appetizers

Cantonese Style Barbequed Pork
Braised Bamboo Shoots

I love braised bamboo shoots as its got an unique crisp texture.

Eggplant Cubes Drizzled with House Made Sauce

Eggplant covered in a light batter, fried then covered in a drizzle of sweet home made sauce. It is slightly crunchy on the outside but moist and juicy on the inside. 

Salt and Pepper Fried White Bait

Northern Style Cucumber with Garlic and Sesame Vinaigrette

The Northern China family's must have dish (sometimes it is mixed with shrimp). It's really easy to whip up but super healthy and delicious. It has the crunchy texture of the cucumber, the fragrance of sesame and a little punch on the taste buds from the garlic.

Tasting Menu

Drunken Prawns

Marinated with fragrant Chinese rice wine, it has real alcohol content. Some light weight guests on my table was slightly flushing after this dish...WEAK!

Seafood Roll

Live Pipis Stir Fried with XO Sauce

One of my favourite and must order dish at the old Golden Century.  I was slightly disappointed with the dish as I think they tried to alter the flavours a bit to try cater for Western customers on the day.  I returned the following Wednesday to give this dish a second chance and it was back to its original deliciousness. Phew!

Peking Duck with Pancakes

 
Halved Live Lobster with Salt and Pepper 

Interesting way to cook lobster this way as usually I have half lobsters with mornay - salt and pepper is usually served chopped up and in a huge bowl.

Steamed Live Coral Trout with Ginger and Shallots 

The Century Fried Rice

I was so full and about to burst at this stage but fried rice is served for the still hungry...if there are any. I only ate the condiments on top which was some sort of deliciously crunchy fish? and roe.

Desserts

Black Sesame Sticky Rice Ball

 
Seasonal Fruit Platter

The glass fruit platter was brought out steaming with smoke and a carved watermelon feature. The fruit bowl consists of two layers; on the bottom, liquid nitrogen was poured then a plate with slits is placed on top to let the smoke seep through and fruit is laid on top to create the most impressive platter.

The Century - 金唐薈

Location: Harbourside - Entry on Pirrama Road, Pyrmont NSW 2009
Opening Hours: Lunch: 11.30am-3pm, 7 days Dinner: 5.30pm-11pm, 7 days Supper: 11pm-2am, Friday & Saturday only
Phone: 02 9566 2328

The Century on Urbanspoon

22 sugary comments:

Julie said... Reply to comment

omgggggggg droooling like an idiot on the keyboard. Why do you do this to me :P

Vivian - vxdollface said... Reply to comment

Can't wait to go! Going with family when dad comes.back from Vancouver in late august ^^ haha I just really want the fruit platter lol

Wendy @ obesebaby said... Reply to comment

The fried rice looks so declious especially w/ the fish roe :)

joey@FoodiePop said... Reply to comment

Looks pretty good to me, but not worth a trip to The Star just for it.

Tina @ bitemeshowme said... Reply to comment

Looks pretty good. Like Joey, not sure if I'll make the trek to the star to try it but if I'm around I'm sure I'd want to try it :D Now I feel like a good chinese banquet dinner. haha

minibites said... Reply to comment

I love that tea light for the tea idea.. Haha so awesome! Chinese banquets are so good, but I like the twist that they have done on some of the dishes like the lobster, mmmm!

tastyfoodsnaps said... Reply to comment

peking duck pancakes will always be a highlight! the lobster looks so good too!

Food is our religion said... Reply to comment

It looks so good! esp the lobster nom nom nom

Sara - Belly Rumbles said... Reply to comment

Food looks fantastic, but I didn't expect anything less.

Nic@diningwithastud said... Reply to comment

Ugh that eggplant! YUM!

ChopinandMysaucepan said... Reply to comment

Dear SugarP,

The food eg fried rice, lobster and XO pippis looks a little uppity for my liking and I might prefer the honest, no fuss style at Golden Century. I guess you won't have prices since you were an invited guest sampling this VIP banquet. Does this mean you are a VIP?

Ming said... Reply to comment

Great post :) ! the photos are wonderful!!
Love the Century <33 best Chinese food and seafood in sydney!

F.Javier said... Reply to comment

Nice! You sound like a very important person.

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