I once read an amusing quote somewhere that said, ” Why is a birthday cake the only food you can blow on and spit on and everyone rushes to get a piece?”. I’m assuming that the cake is really good or at least you would hope so for a birthday occasion. Birthdays are always good excuses to be spoiled by others, do the things that make you happy and of course, to eat more cake.

Unlike what i had previously had planned in mind, i was actually was very busy leading up to my birthday week, but i was lucky enough to have such luck with my last minute preparations. One of them was a lunch at Quay on the day of my actual birthday, we were very lucky to secure a spot as we had only booked two weeks prior to the occasion.


On the day, we decided to go with the a la carte four course instead of the tasting menu. We wanted the flexibility to choose our dishes the option of trying  the eight texture chocolate cake, which wasn’t included in the tasting menu.

I wasnt planning to write much for this blog post because it really doesn’t need many words as the photos would have captured more than i could describe. However, the amuse bouche was definitely worth a mention because if it were an actual course, it would’ve been my favourite savoury course.  The amuse bouche came as a delicious warm broth consisting of a creamy spoonful of potato puree topped with a real truffle piece. The flavours were so intense and fragrant from both the broth and truffle which was matched perfectly with the smooth texture of the potato puree. One small cup was definitely not enough.

Course One


Congee of Northern Australian mud crab, fresh palm heart, egg yolk emulsion.


Fragrant poached chicken, radish, sea scallops, pea blossoms, smoked white eggplant cream served with virgin sesame oil.

Course Two


Squab and Abalone, rare cultivated greens, fresh jersey milk curd, anchovy and seaweed broth.


An array of mushrooms with roasted chestnut cream, brioche porridge, truffle and chestnut floss. (Vegetarian version of the gently braised patridge)

Course Three


Hapuka, potato cream, mullet roe, mountain spinach, crisp white lentils, petals


Berkshire pig jowl, maltose crackling, prunes and cauliflower cream perfumed with prune kernel oil.

Course Four

I’m not a big sweet tooth and usually prefer savoury dishes, but for this occasion i was most excited for the final dessert course. I have heard a lot of praise about Quay’s signature desserts but i wanted to see for myself whether it would live up to expectations.


Raspberry and vanilla snow egg.

For a first time at Quay, this was a must order, and i was so pleasantly surprised because it exceeded my expectations. The raspberry granita was so deliciously refreshing with the natural sour taste perfectly balancing out the sweet richness of the vanilla bean icecream and meringue.


Eight texture chocolate cake.

I might be part of the minority, but unfortunately i don’t usually like chocolate cake. I tend to find it too heavy and rich especially in a large amount, but very little words were exchanged eating this cake because it was that good. Every spoonful of it.


On my birthday, I left Quay feeling very satisfied, because i enjoyed every part of the experience both with service and food. It was a great birthday lunch and possibly one of the best dining experiences i’ve had. Sometimes, I find that what defines food as “good” can be quite subjective because everyone likes to eat different things but i think the majority will definitely agree that Quay is worth the visit.


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8 thoughts on “Quay.

  1. Awww what a lovely birthday treat! Apparently you can order the chocolate cake when doing the tasting menu. You just have to ask the waiter for it, most likely as a addition and not as a replacement. So glad you enjoyed it x

  2. How good was that poached chicken? OMG your photos look so much better than mine! :D I should of went to the Quay during the day rather than night. It was a very satisfying experience :D

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