The Century restaurant at The Star, Pyrmont (aka. the belated Chinese New Year post)
We booked a private room and a waitress to stay with us in the room for most of the meal. The service was quiet, efficient and unobtrusive. Especially considering we ended up shuffling seats several times.
Fish Head Bean Curd with Vegetable Soup - well seasoned. Not a fan of fish soup, personally, but this wasn't bad.
Beijing (Peking...) Duck - one of the better ones I've tasted in Sydney. I do prefer the ones where you can make the wrap yourself, but this was alright. Unfortunately, my wrap was a little dry at the edges and split when trying to wrap the contents.
Steamed Eggplant in Special Sauce. It was a really lovely sauce and not oily either
The main highlight was the seafood platter (Lobster 2 Courses), which was styled truly beautifully. I don't pretend to know much about seafood, but the lobster and salmon were fresh and really lovely.
Braised Fresh Bean Curd and Vegetables (Spinach, I believe). I love bean curd and the sauce was great. It looks like it's quite oily, but I think that was just the sauce.
The Century had the most awful prawn chips I've tasted, unfortunately - barely lukewarm, so oily you could see the oil on the chips and just generally terrible. I think they were complimentary though, so at least no money was spent on them.
This was the rest of the lobster, cooked and stir fried. Loved the taste and finally did that Ouran High School Host Club thing with the lobster leg *A* (it's possible)
And then N popped into Adriano Zumbo's The Star for some macarons (or 'zumbarons').
I'm really only a fan of the macaron's photogenic qualities. I'm very ambivalent about the texture, they're usually too sweet for my tastes and it doesn't help that they're so exorbitantly priced.
The green and blue macarons were laden with colouring - N ended up with purple lips and blue teeth. If that's your thing...cool. I find it a bit of a turn-off in my food.
To Zumbo's credit, the donut-flavoured macaron really did taste like a donut (though I question why you wouldn't just buy, you know, an actual donut...the subtlety of this is lost on me). The kids seemed to love them though, so there's definitely a market.
But, like I said, you can't beat a macaron when it comes to food visuals (gold leaf sprinkles~).