Ortiga @ Fortitude Valley

November 25, 2013

Was fortunate to be able to score a table at Ortiga before their closure last month.

I was very keen to repay a visit since chef Pablo mentioned us to an interview he did with the Virgin Airlines inflight magazine. Recommendations from fellow chefs/restauranteurs are the ones that I am grateful the most.

Pictured, the inch thick wine list, inspiring dishes delicious and beautiful. My favorite was the eel dish with elegant espuma and lamb tongue with apple-slaw and garlic flower.  The lamb shoulder was as fall off the bone as rumoured and the tanginess of lemon puree and delicious juis, great.  The desert with dehydrated buttermilk was awesome too! Open kitchen in full steam yet composed, and a final pic with Pablo.

Very sad to see such a world class dining venue getting acclaim but the Brisbane public not following.  I also regretted that my visit had to come at the trigger of their closure news.  In the end, I would like to think better late than never and my wife and I were glad and felt fortunate that we were able to experience Ortiga.  A truly memorable evening.  Thanks Pablo and the team!

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Common Magazine

February 14, 2013

http://commongoods.co.nz/COMMON-Magazine

We have been interviewed by a really awesome art and lifestyle magazine. It’s just too cool to describe!

http://flavors.me/common_magazine#2cb/youtube

TARO on COMMON


Recent Media Mentions

August 10, 2012

Thank you mustdobrisbane and theweekendedition for your recent feature! 

http://www.mustdobrisbane.com/

http://theweekendedition.com.au/stumble-guide/detail/taros-ramen-and-cafe/

http://www.theurbanlist.com/brisbane/a-list/two-minutes-shinichi-maeda

Maeda san, thank you once again for mentioning us as your favourite Brisbane restaurant! 

 

 


Gourmet Traveller Review

July 24, 2012

It’s out!

http://gourmettraveller.com.au/restaurant_news1.htm


Thank you Maeda san!

June 20, 2012

We got a mention from one of Brisbane’s top chefs, Shinichi Maeda in an interview he took.  It is so flattering to have him mention our ramen as the best meal he has had in Brisbane!  Well, diplomatics aside, his innovative nouveau Japanese cuisine is one of the most memorable meals I have had in Brisbane too.  I wish I could repatriate the visits more often but a meal at Sake deserves to be left for a special occasion.  Thank you so much Maeda san!


Gourmet Traveller

April 20, 2012

Photo shoot with photographers from Gourmet Traveller!

Hey AJ, yeah, nice angle, make my ramen look good baby!

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What, you gonna shoot me?? No please.. My ramen is appetizing but my face might put readers off.

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気合の入ったラーメンは美味しくとってよーという感じですが、今回はぼく個人にもスポットライトを当てていただけると言うことで、いろいろポーズとか取らされてシャイなぼくは照れちゃいました。


The Best of Brisbane – 30 second movie clip competition by the Good Guide

April 18, 2012

The Good Guide comp for 30 second video clip “The Best of Brisbane” is closing on 30 Apr. You win amazing prizes like 52 super banquets at the best restaurants in town during the coming year and I think they were giving away 11 prizes all up… I wonder if they even have enough entries, their website only shows 4 clips so far and it’s two weeks from closing!!!  Maybe if you submit anything at all, automatic winner!!??  Our prize is a 8 course degustation for two including matching drinks, beer, wine, shochu and sake which pretty much covers everything on our menu! 

The Good GuideさんのBest Of Brisbaneていう動画コンペ。素人作の30秒動画でどしどしGood Guide参加のお店を紹介しちゃおうて言う企画なんですけど、Good Guideさんが更新してないからなのかそれともまだ応募がないのか応募作品が4つくらい?締め切り今月末なのに!いまなら何でも作って応募するだけで信じられない豪華商品がゲットできちゃうかもです!うちの提供商品も店主と(←これオプションなのでご安心を)当選者二名様でTaro’sを飲みつくし、食べつくしちゃいましょう($300相当)という企画。

http://thegoodguide.com.au/win/


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