I was treated to a dinner like no other. Hosted by celebrity chef, Luke Nguyen in his new establishment, Fat Noodle at The Star Casino, Sydney. Being the foodie I am, I was in an Asian inspired heaven. Luke Nguyen’s Vietnamese background is evident in his recipes as he adds a delectable twist to classic Asian Street Food.
The restaurant although situated in The Star, makes you feel like you have stepped into an Asian inspired paradise. With plenty of seating, centrally located on the main floor and situated amongst the casino vibe – it truly is a great place to dine. We started the evening on a five star note, with canapes paired with Chandon Brut. Luke’s team presented us with Pacific Oyster’s in an apple vinaigrette as well as crab and spinach rice paper rolls which set the night off perfectly.
I loved how the menu consisted of sharing plates. It allows you to try a little bit of every dish, and to really immerse your tastebuds in Nguyen’s flavourful dishes. The vietnamese herbs mixed with grilled beef tenderloin and green mango was my favourite of the entrees. The flavours of this dish were incredibly fresh and I believe really showed off where Nguyen gains his inspiration from – his home country of Thailand. Nguyen is also renowned for his Vietnamese heritage which is evident in ‘Fat Noodle’s’ varied fusion style dishes.
As the conversation and champagne flowed, the main dishes appeared. Steamed Barramundi in a tomato and pineapple broth, wok tossed broccolini and Hong Kong style jumbo prawns were the standout dishes for me. Let’s just talk about those prawns though. I loved the way these were served in the shell as they really kept in the authentic flavour of toasted garlic, fried shallot and a black bean sauce. I felt as though my tastebuds had been transported to an Asian street market. Amazing.
The mango cream and sweet purple sago pudding finished the courses off exquisitely. It was a fresh twist which complemented the lime and chilli flavours from the previous dishes. I enjoyed how light this dessert was, it was an ultimate favourite amongst my table guests and I.
The service was impeccable and ever so prompt. Even though it was a busy night nothing was too much trouble for Luke and his team. I am so looking forward to returning to Fat Noodle sometime soon to devour more of Luke’s amazing dishes.
When she’s not globetrotting Caitlin Martin loves to scope out Sydney’s hidden gems, with a camera and coffee in hand. Follow her adventures @caitlineliseeee
The Star, 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
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Image credit: The Star Sydney.