Stalking Martin

This may sound creepy, but I’ve been stalking Martin for a long time. Following him, turning up unannounced, making demands. It’s not as scary as it sounds – we’re talking about Martin Benn (of Sepia fame), and I’ve been a big fan of his cooking since the Tetsuya’s days (when Tets was in Rozelle – such a lovely, intimate venue, before food bloggers existed; the golden years). Everywhere he’s cooked, the quality of the food – from the ingredients, the composition, to the flavour – has been superb. I still dream about his lobster risotto at Aqua in Hong Kong (good dreams… no, not like that), and the fish at the Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay is some of the best I’ve had, cooked like heaven (but I get why he got sick of cooking the fish pie – it’s such a north shore dish…).

Sepia Restaurant has three well-deserved hats in the good food guide. True to form, they major in seafood, but offer a few meats (wagyu, venison) as well. The wine list is expansive and creative (including a smooth rose from the Bekaa Valley by the glass), service is polished and the staff are friendly. Presentation is excellent too – check out the tuna sashimi below, a work of art.

What’s not to love? My only complaint is it was too hard to pick a favourite dish last night. Oh no, I may have to return and eat everything again. And Martin, please stay put a while, but if you move, I will find you…




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