Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

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Momofuku Seiōbo serves a tasting menu for $185 per person for dinner Monday to Saturday.

Executive Chef Paul Carmichael draws inspiration from his Caribbean heritage and the bounty of Australian ingredients.

Momofuku Seiōbo has three hats from The Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, and was awarded Restaurant of the Year 2017 by Gourmet Traveller Magazine.

Momofuku Seiōbo is part of the Momofuku Group with restaurants in New York, Toronto, Washington DC and Toronto.

Tasting Menu AUD $185

Beverage Pairing AUD $105 / Reduced Pairing AUD $65 / Non-Alcoholic Beverage Pairing AUD $60
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London
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Laid back atmosphere and very busy team preparing the food. All dishes featured multi ingredients in small portions. Good wine advice. I liked the dumpling dish and the roti bread the most. The marron was perfectly cooked but did not have a strong taste. Likewise the crab was not very 'crabby', rather bland. It's good to go once but would not say that the food was memorable.

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s
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

The foods so salty and who ever do the matching wine with the food not good , so sweet most of the wine and it’s not worth the money

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Food was over spiced, not worth the price. Poor wine list and small selection of liquor/drinks

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P
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the second time we had dined there and it was an early Valentines I absolutely LOVE the food this place creates. Every mouthful is bursting with layers of flavour and sensational texture. I loved the crab rice, the roti is to die for. I wasn’t so keen on the sauce that accompanied the black marrons as prefer them chargrilled with just lemon and pepper. The palate cleanser between savoury and sweet was out of this world. The BEST thing I’ve ever tasted, a sublime mix of smooth silky sago with a zingy citrus hit and the textural crunch of the ice just made your tastebuds come alive. My husband on the other hand wasn’t quite as blown away. He feels you need an option of two ‘mains’ like they do at Quay. He hates having to get seafood out of any shell and the messiness and time taken for him to do this with the marrons spoilt it for him. He loved the Wagu beef dish which I also thought was amazing. The service is exceptional but I’m not hugely wrapped in the setting, the tables are too big for two and make conversation difficult having to turn at an odd angle and I don’t like sitting at a bar to eat my dinner. My husband liked the wine list. Overall though I love this place and the staff are so lovely. I enjoy watching them in the open kitchen. It is expensive but worth it for the experience I feel.

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a
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A fantastic experience- great selection of food and wonderful service.

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E
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience, particularly when seated at the kitchen bar. Very creative food prepared theatrically however, marred at times by heavy handed use of Caribbean spices masking the local fresh ingredients, particularly seafood.
Overall a very memorable evening.

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DM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Interesting Caribbean inspired menu , great food and quite different to your usual fine dining fare. Excellent drink pairings.

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AY
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overall, the food was mediocre. The biggest letdown was the fact that my girlfriend and I struggled to finish a few of the dishes because of how overly salty the chef had made them. There is a difference between "flavourful" and too salty...
I can see that the chefs were tasting the food (probably to ensure the flavours were on point, which is a good thing), but I'm not sure if they countered in the fact that we, as diners were eating a much larger portion than a teaspoon of it to "taste-test".

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything from the moment we walked in we were impressed by the food and knowledge that momokuku was. We loved our waiter knew everything and answered all our questions we will be back!

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TA
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing attention to detail, we enjoyed the 12 course tasting menu with full beverage pairing. Truly one of the most enjoyable meals I've had in both recent and long term memory. Both the food and the drinks work amazingly well together, clearly paired with great care and consideration. The staff are beyond fantastic, genuinely adding to the meal to create a complete dining experience. I cannot recommend Seiōbo highly enough, a fantastic way for us to celebrate our 5 year anniversary, and definitely not the last time we will be back.

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SH
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous dining experience. We loved every minute of our time there, excellent service and food and each course was fully explained as it was served. Would thoroughly recommend this dining experience to anyone

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J
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Our dinner was outstanding and very special. We had the tasting menu with matched beverages. My husband matched for each course and I had the limited beverage matching. The matches were inspired and imaginative and well suited to the course, ranging from a sake to a cider, to cognac and Sauternes. Max was an attentive sommelier who explained each beverage perfectly. It was wonderful to sit up at the bar and see the chef’s perform their craft on the raw ingredients, be it garlic, marrons, coconut, sea urchin or a prawn. The chefs made a special effort to make sure the course was explained to us fully. A truly wonderful and special experience

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AA
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner and I had been trying to get here since it opened and we finally got there for my partners 30th birthday on Saturday night and it did not disappoint. This restaurant has won many awards for good reason and all 12 of the courses were to die for. The marron was a standout and honestly one of the best fish dishes I’ve ever had in a hatted restaurant also their take on pumpkin pie deserves a mention as it was absolutely delicious. The service was attentive and informative but not pretentious and the menu itself interactive and fun also the non alcoholic drink pairing was a fantastic idea for those not inclined to want so much wine etc
All this topped off by a surprise birthday dessert which was incredible!!!
Hope to return to try the informal bar menu which is a first in best dressed situation but we wouldn’t think twice about travelling from Newcastle.

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TC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Great food overall. Food was great. Not sure if the value for money was met.

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JW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! I cannot recommend the Tasting Menu highly enough, everything we tried was so delicious. And the service was exceptional. Honestly, one of the best restaurants I've ever been to!

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c
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Simply, not worth the $300 per head (tasting plate with matching wines). Some dishes were really lovely, but others were either too small or not to my taste. The menu had a slant towards seafood dishes, which is ok, but again, not all flavours were to my taste. I found the wine pairing interesting, but when you pay $300 a head (and there were four of us), they could have been a bit more generous in the pours. We were also on a corner at the high bar - great to be overlooking the chefs, but very difficult to talk and share our eating experience. Some staff were friendly, others not. It was also a special birthday for one of us - and in spite of telling them this in our online booking, they did nothing to acknowledge it on the night. We flew specifically from Perth and stayed in Sydney to visit Momofuku Seiobo on our way to a holiday destination. We were just disappointed in the inconsistency of service and flavours of dishes. In my opinion, for the price of tasting plates, everything should be a "...mmmmmmm, I want more of that" and all staff should treat customers with top service. It just wasn't like that. The four of us frequently go out for fine dining and degustation meals - this would have been my least favourite. Disappointing, given the efforts we went to go there. I want to be fair though - two others felt the meal was still overall good and they didn't mind where we were seated. But still, not one of the best they've been to. Sorry.

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DG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The staff were amazing explaining all the ingredients in each of the dishes and the match wines. It was also great to have the Sous Chef's come out and explain certain dishes. The food was interesting and definitely something that I wouldn't cook so it was wonderful to experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fantastic food and presentation with great service. However, was a bit overpriced as drinks weren’t included in the tasting menu. The ambiance could have been better with a more secluded and classier layout.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Restaurant for people looking for something unique and alternative

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RT
Brisbane / QLD
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience. Exceptional service. Highly recommended.

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IV
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a restraunt we had been dying to try and the experience was incredible!! Waitstaff are well versed in their knowledge and the chefs even come out with some of the dishes to explain the products used!!

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LG
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

It was not what I had hoped. Sitting at a bar. Chefs being the waiters and leaning over the bar to serve me. Plates being pushed toward me into position. Food was ordinary. The urchin tasted off, the banana decorated course was so small my portion fell into the dried banana slices. The first course that we mashed ourselves was doughy and stuck to the roof of my mouth. The very first course smelt like and tasted just like a pig. Too strong and real. Many of the dishes were just gooy sauces. The beef was ok but you needed a magnifying glass to see it. The Maron was good but I was disturbed to meet and greet my Maron before I ate him. Glad i didn’t order matching wines most were not nice. The red from Spain was great. Staff were nice but the price of the meal far exceeded what I got.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food every time!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!

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FG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Utterly fabulous experience. We don't often indulge in fine dining, but this was such a treat. The quality of the food was above and beyond, and the service was equally as impressive. Loved every moment and feel grateful to have had the opportunity to dine at Momofuku.

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SR
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful experience. This was a special occasion dinner and we weren't disappointed. The tasting menu is delicious and you are trying things you wouldn't normally go out of your way to try. Every dish and beverage pairing is explained to you which helps enhance the experience. Highly recommended.

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JF
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Great staff, knowledgeable and friendly. Looking forward to the next time.

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PJ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, amazing, brilliant.

If it's available, definitely sit at the counter, where you can not just watch your dinner being created, but chat to the chefs

The food was exquisite, a dego menu of outstanding quality, and just the right amount so that at the end, I was full, but not feeling over stuffed.

I suggest choosing the matching drinks option. You’ll get saki, cider, Sherry and wines which are excellent on their own, brilliant with the food.

The service was some of the best I’ve ever had, attentive and knowledgable without being intrusive.

Very highly recommended. A perfect place to bring a date. But also, bring you wallet. You'll need it.

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievable food and service!!!!!

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MR
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night!

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IC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

For the amount of money you pay for the meal the ambience just does not match up. There were cockroaches on the wall as we were eating. The casino just isn’t the place for expensive restaurants. It just doesn’t fit. The service was average- cutlery put down after our meals were delivered, meals not explained, lots of words such as “thingys” and “stuff” to explain the food. Strange music which didn’t suit the place. Live lobsters which we were going to eat were bought to the table which is pretty disturbing for most people.
Toilets had no toilet paper and were dirty.
It just want worth it.

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DV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went here for my birthday and had a great time. I love David Chang's restaurant in LA and finding out he had one in Sydney made it an easy choice for the occasion. The tasting menu was fantastic, each dish was better than the last. I would absolutely come back next time I'm in Sydney.

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DB
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food and the presentation was interesting. We can see the creativity in every dishes they presented on their tasting menu. The service though was a let down. I would say 70% of the staffs were great & friendly however some were doing their job with attitude towards their customers. When you are not genuinely doing the job with a real service mind, people can feel and notice it. And it can destroy the whole experience.

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MD
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely one of the best tasting menu meals I've ever had! Outstanding!

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, wine and service. Perfect from arrival to the end.

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ZS
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

While the food was a fabulous experience, in comparison to other restaurants of this calibre it fell short. The staff were wonderful but at times served my meal pushed across the table instead of next to me.

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TP
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding in every aspect and far superior to Quay. A must visit for any foodie.

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. I was a littler skeptical about a high end Caribbean restaurant but it was one of the most enjoyable meals I’ve had!! Excellent.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

The food was very intricately presented but the taste of the entrees offered in the tasting menu was too experimental for my liking. There’s a variety of food on offer but portions were very small, as it was a tasting menu. The main wagyu beef was smaller than expected. The lobster at the end was the outstanding dish and provided the gastronomical delight I was looking for. Overall, an unexpected but still pleasant experience. Definitely only go for a special occasion and as a once-off experience. If you’re looking for value for money, I wouldn’t put it highly on your list.

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IK
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unique Caribbean degustation menu. Thoroughly enjoyable evening.

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