Ester

Ester
46/52 Meagher Street, Chippendale NSW 2008 Australia

Not another boring restaurant!

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Crispy squid dumplings  AU$ 4 ea

After the first bite of the dumpling, my initial thought was it tastes exactly like a Cantonese dim sum 咸水角 (there is not a proper english translation of the dish). I was wondering if the chef got his inspiration from the dim sum that he once had. This is a very unique twist and addition to a western menu. Be aware that the dumplings could be quite filling.

 

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Roasted oysters  AU$ 4 ea

This is my first time having roasted oysters! The roasting warmed up the shell but the oyster flesh was still raw and fresh, very nice.

 

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Brussel sprouts  AU$ 18

The dish is more like a salad, mixing cooked and raw brussel sprouts together with a fried egg. I have never had brussel sprouts this way. Normally you can only get the plain and boring roasted brussel sprouts at other restaurants. Moreover, the plate was beautifully presented.

 

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King Prawn  AU$ 32

We added an extra prawn so that we can have two each. The prawns were served with brown butter and capers. They were perfectly cooked.

 

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Honey roast duck crown, it was on the specials menu. My asian taste buds were acting up again. I even joked about having roast duck with a knife and a fork for the first time. The skin of the duck was very crispy. I could hear the crackling sound when I chewed it. However, the skin was quite oily, I guess it resulted from the way they roast the duck. Nevertheless, it is a nice dish.

To sum up the experience: Out of the ordinary!

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