It was my sister’s birthday, so why not make the most of this special occasion to dine our hearts out? My sister has been into cooking new things lately and Bar H came to mind as a good place to sample some interesting dishes. Bar H’s menu is mostly a marriage of Asian (particularly Japanese) and Western flavours. The ingredient choices are no doubt interesting like… kangaroo…raw… never thought that’ll get near my tastebuds! We ordered a few plates to share, serving sizes are small for the 7 of us so we had to double up on a few things.
L: Hiramasa kingfish sashimi, yuzu kosho,nori
R: Aburi bug tail, wakame butter, yuzu kosho
The kingfish was super fresh, a simple dish but one of our favourite dishes from the night. Instead of dipping into wasabi & soy sauce we had an option of a yuzu based paste and nori. The nori was delicious giving that extra saltiness while the yuzu was slightly sour and a hint of spice.
Little pieces of smoked bug tail sitting in a shallow pool of burnt buttery sauce – whats not to love??
Tempura corn, smoked corn and black salt
Fried corn?! Never thought this was even possible while making sure the corn kernels were juicy on the inside. This makes an awesome snack, I wonder if we could make this at home… ;P
Kangaroo tartare, rice cracker, soy cured yolk
I’ll admit I was a bit hesitant to try this but the entire table was keen to, so lets be adventurous! Luckily it didn’t have that strong game-y taste which made it easier to eat. Interesting is all I can say.
Warm charred duck breast, tomato dashi, sichuan oil
We had high expectations for this dish, but it turned out to be the most underwhelming. For ‘charred’ duck breast, it was barely pink.. more well done. The broth, however was nice but that was it.
Twice cooked pork belly, quandong, black vinegar & Sichuan pepper
We each got to try a piece of pork belly, and tasted as good as it looks! Saucy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
Organic soya bean salad, crispy pigs ear
This was meant to be the ‘green dish’ to balance out all the meat, but was a little too ‘beany’ for my liking. The pigs ear was fun to eat and wished there were more to balance out the amount of beans.
Honeydew melon, sake granita, passionfruit ice cream, saffron
What a sexy looking dessert topped with saffron flavoured Persian fairy floss! This was such a fun dish to dig in to, spooning up the different textures and savouring it slowly. You can definitely taste the alcohol in the sake but wasn’t too strong. We ordered 1 to share between 2.. thought I honestly could’ve had 1 to myself! 😛
It ended up costing around $42/pp without any drinks, even though the dishes seemed pretty small, we were full by the end of dessert. The menu is quite limited but there are definitely dishes that you’d return to have again and try out the others. It’ll be interesting to see what other interesting pairings they come up with in the future!
Apricot peach & tonka beans from Textbook Patisserie
We went home for another round of dessert! Cake time! Pre-ordered the above cake from Textbook Patisserie. We’ve tried most of their other cakes and this was the newest one on the menu. A mousse kind of cake with different layers inside, so refreshing on a summer’s night!
Happy Birthday to my dearest sister, Courtney! She’s sister #3 (I’m the oldest) but many times she could step in as the big sister! So glad to have mum in Sydney celebrate her birthday too 🙂
Mmm that pork belly looks amazing! Happy birthday to your sister!