Update (30 August, 2018): This competition is now closed. Broadsheet would like to thank all who entered, and congratulate our winner Daniel F.
It’s no stretch of hyperbole to say Dan Hong is a superstar of the Sydney dining scene. As executive chef for the Merivale Group, Hong oversees a clutch of the city’s best Asian-inspired must-dine venues, including the Cantonese-driven classic, Mr Wong and the more experimental Ms G’s. Hong’s food is synonymous with adventurous Sydney cuisine.
Now Melbourne has a chance to find out what the fuss is about. For two nights only, Hong will be the resident chef at Maha’s Unrestricted Dinner series, in collaboration with Kennedy. Setting up in the kitchen of Shane Delia’s Middle Eastern fine-diner, Hong will demonstrate why he’s considered one of the best chefs in the country with a bold three-course banquet matched with premium wines. The event – on Monday September 3 and Tuesday September 4 – will undoubtedly sell out. So we’re giving away a table for one lucky winner and a friend.
The first course on the night will include signature wild items from Hong, including cheeseburger spring rolls with caviar; a warm Pacific oyster with XO sauce, ginger dressing, and brown butter; and a special “moments in time” dish created exclusively to mark the occasion: lemongrass steak tartare served on a betel leaf.
Second course will consist of kingfish sashimi with kombu and aged ponzu, “strange flavour” prawn dumplings, and char siu roasted Glacier 51 Toothfish (considered the “Wagyu” of fish). The third course features steamed marron with white soy, ginger and shallots; Mr Wong’s mapo tofu; salt and pepper lamb cutlets, fennel and cumin; and steamed rice. Cap it all off with a dessert of chocolate chantilly, coconut sorbet, cherries and coconut mousse.
The Unrestricted Dinner series at Maha is an initiative in collaboration with luxury watch and jewellery retailer Kennedy, which shares Maha’s passion for offering customers a truly exceptional experience. Each dinner in the series presents a bespoke menu which captures the chef's distinctive style, and features one dish inspired by Kennedy as creators of “Moments in Time”.
The series kicked-off in May with Lachlan Colwill of Hentley Farm, who brought the flavours of South Australia to Melbourne. In July, Paul Carmichael of the mighty Momofuku empire, presented standout dishes from Sydney’s Seiobo. Hong’s appearance in early September further cements the series as a marquee event on the Melbourne dining calendar.
To win a table for two at the Unrestricted Dinner with Dan Hong, enter below. Once the winner is notified, they will be able to book a table for any available time on Monday September 3.
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