Momofuku Seiobo

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The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street Pyrmont, New South Wales 2009

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Opening hours Lunch Sat from noon; Dinner Mon-Sat from 6pm
Features Bar, Licensed, Accepts bookings, Accommodation, Degustation, Long lunch, Vegetarian friendly, Wheelchair access
Prices Expensive (mains over $40)
Payments eftpos, AMEX, Visa, Mastercard
Phone 02 9777 9000

In a sleek, dark room, couples lean into hand-crafted Mud Australia bowls, plates and cups, and peer and probe before taking a thoughtful bite. Chew. Pause. Smile. Nod. Confer. And smile again. And so it goes for 14 courses (Is that mochi? Bee pollen? Yorkshire pudding?) until the finale: sticky, slow-roasted, pull-apart caramelised pork that comes out after cheese and after dessert. New York star David Chang is informed by science texts as much as by time-honoured Japanese kaiseki, and chef Ben Greeno's tasting menu is a merry dance, in turn delicate and aggressive. The pleasure principle prevails, dehydrated fish scales (on sea mullet with nectarine puree and Sichuan pepper) and burnt eggplant (a pitch-black puree with marron and rhubarb) notwithstanding. Pea agnolotti in a cloud of parmesan could be the comfort food of the future. The hot seats are those around the shiny, lab-like open kitchen, for dinner-and-a-show, and chefs serve each dish themselves. It's a provocative, focused, iconoclastic and beguiling experience.