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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My night cooking at SIDART!

Three Lamps Plaza
Level 1/283 Ponsonby Road
(09) 360 2122

I won a night helping out at SIDART restaurant in Ponsonby via Ruby’s List. I was nervous but excited as I walked the steps up to the sliding door of the restaurant – it’s fine dining so not only do the clients expect the best, the chefs do too. Head Chef Sid Sahrawat is backed by two extremely talented Sous chefs, Jason and Ed. You can see why SIDART is so successful, the team gel so well and the food they produce is simply stunning. They take such pride and precision in what they pass through to the restaurant – if it’s not perfect it doesn’t go out of the door.
'Rebecca it's terribly important to taste'

'Total concentration'


'Team work'

'Watching now, your turn next'

I assisted Ed on the “cold larder” section of the kitchen for the night – this included helping prepare starters such as yellowfin tuna, aloe vera, radish, wasabi and the cured salmon, goats cheese w peas & smoked eel dish. Such intense flavors and beautifully presented. I also helped with a couple of desserts, which are named vaguely so that the customer is intrigued and surprised by their choice. These included lychee & pineapple and also mandarin with meringue – “WOW” was all I could say as they passed by me.

'Sid you're far too fast'

'Dish completed'

'We're talking all the senses here'

'On it's way to the lucky diners'

SIDART recently won “Dish of the Year” in the 2011 Metro Magazine awards for their John dory with paua, miso and vanilla – all I can say is go there, you really won’t appreciate SIDART cuisine until you experience it yourself. 


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