Your week in food: A Madame George x Ozone collab dinner, Lunar New Year festivals
Is it just me or are we spending all our money on chef collabs these days?
The menu is yet to be revealed, but expect a seasonal focus across a three-course meal of both shared and plated dishes, curated to achieve minimal wastage. Your $95 ticket includes drink matching, with low-alcohol and non-alcoholic options available on the night.
Saturday 1 February | Ozone Coffee Roasters
Celebrate the Lunar New Year at some of these neighbourhood lantern festivals, all with ample food options and all on Saturday 1 February.
Greenhithe Lantern Festival: Food trucks from Love Street Food NZ and traditional hand-pulled noodle demonstrations. 24 Greenhithe Rd
Whau Chinese New Year Festival: More delicious food stalls, lantern making, cultural performances and calligraphy. Olympic Park
Northcote Chinese and Korean New Year Festival: With a large stage for music performances from both Chinese and Korean cultures. Northcote Town Centre
The Cult Project pops up with Zennon Christian (of Paris Butter) and Colere Wines (two of which made it into our Top 50 wines 2020; one is Top 10) for a four-course meal, inspired by the season and fusing Southern Filipino flavours with French cooking techniques. Tickets are $90, with $15 from each sale donated to Australian bush fire relief funds.
Sunday 2 February | Paris Butter
Bistro La Poste
A new French restaurant in Devonport, opened in the pale yellow post office heritage building. 10 Victoria Rd, Devonport
What we ate this week
Jean Teng and Alex Blackwood
Chonqing Noodle Dominion road’s spicy beef noodle soup
These guys don’t mess around. There was so much Szechuan pepper, you’ll feel like your whole face is vibrating. It was nearly overpowering and did make it a little difficult to taste the other elements but I relished the intensity. Other than that (maybe opt for not-spicy if that doesn’t sound like your cup of broth), the soup was rich and fragrant, with delicate, very thin noodles and beef that I wished was just a little more cooked and flavoured. – AB
The peking duck flour pancakes at Huami are the thinnest I’ve ever seen, perfectly circular, and yet somehow strong enough not to tear despite clumsy handling. What are these? Either way, they were good enough with the tender duck (though I wish the skin was crispier). With the amount of dishes on offer, you could easily steer your menu to different regions of Chinese cuisine. We’ve always been partial to Cantonese, so we had a steamed whole blue cod (live from the tank – they don’t have any other whole fish option), crayfish noodles and spinach egg tofu. Subtly salty and gloopy sauce never tasted so good. – JT
Fort Greene pain au chocolat
There’s no way to calmly and politely eat such a decadent little delicacy. I’m sorry to the people who saw me spinning on my desk chair in delight while eating. Alternately soft and crunchy pastry with dark, dark, bittersweet chocolate has to be properly appreciated. – AB
Almond croissant from La Cigale
We approached the stall as they were taking the almond croissants out of the oven so we waited a few moments till they were sprinked with icing sugar and ready to be sold – and thank god we waited. The soft, warm almond cream and still-hot pastry were worth even a much longer wait. I do not say this lightly: chef’s kiss emoji. – AB