Betel leaf with prawn, peanuts, caramelised coconut & tamarind.
Poached chicken & prawn salad with peanut, coconut, mint & Thai basil.
Duck pancake with sweet soy beans, cucumber & green onion.
Grilled lamb cutlet, tamarind glazed, spicy green papaya.
Green curry of braised beef with smoked eggplant & basil.
Simple fried rice with egg to accompany green curry in a lovely little paper box.
Grilled banana, roti bread condensed milk, cinnamon sugar & ice cream.
I used to have pretty low expectation when eating at a “mall restaurant” but since the opening of the new Miranda Westfield in the Sutherland Shire, south of Sydney, I am amazed by the quality of the new restaurant scene in these giant commercial buildings.
Charm Kitchen is located on the first floor over the new leafy patio in Miranda Fair. It has an open feel about it with a semi-outdoor section with louvres opening to the patio, a fantastic service with a team of people who remember who you are and finally a great menu of flavoursome and very well executed dishes.
What would be great is if the menu was changed once in a while or if there was a “menu du jour”. Anyhow, I have been there with my family and friends about ten times now and every time I had a wonderful meal.
This week-end I had the degustation menu with 7 parts:
It starts with a betel leaf with a half slice of lime with skin, a prawn, roasted peanuts, caramelised coconut, kaffir lime leaves finely chopped and a tamarind sauce. It is very strong in flavour, and totally delicious. The lime skin looks scary but it is just fantastic. There is so much flavour in this one bite dish that you have to eat it in silence and rest for a while :)
Then, in a Martini glass, is brought to you a poached chicken & prawn salad with peanut, coconut cream (or milk) dressing, mint & Thai basil. This has become my goal salad. I want to make it at home. It is so lovely, fresh and once again full of intense flavours. This recipe will definitely end up here, no matter how many times I will try…
After this came a duck pancake with sweet soy beans, cucumber & green onion. This is nice but probably my least favourite dish. I would have preferred the more traditional pancake and not the crêpe which is served here. The sauce is nice. The duck is good.
Soon after came a tamarind glazed grilled lamb cutlet. This is simply gorgeous. The sweet sticky sauce is to die for. Meat is cooked to perfection. It is a finger licking delight. Another sauce I would be thrilled to have the recipe of. It didn’t taste only like tamarind but also a little bit like plum… I am not sure…
The next dish was a green curry of braised beef with smoked eggplant & basil. I found the meat very moist and melting in the mouth. The sauce is spicy but not too much, very creamy. The smoked aubergine or eggplant is delicious. There are mini bead-aubergines floating in the sauce too. It is a really good dish accompanied by simple fried rice with egg in a lovely little paper box.
For dessert, is served a grilled banana in roti bread with condensed milk, cinnamon sugar & ice cream. I am not a huge fan of roti which is a bit too oily for me. I do not like deep fried dishes in general. But my friends and kids loved this dish.
The previous times I have tried the amazing Salmon tartare as well, the well executed pad siew and chicken fried rice.
Oh and this restaurant very reasonably priced. This delicious menu costs $47 per person, minimum 2. You can come with a mob of kids and still get the degustation menu which I find very nice.
I recommend Charm Kitchen and cannot wait to go back and try more dishes.
NOTE: this post is not sponsored.