Spring rolls, steamed buns and salmon flambé at Sen Bistro
Lormi xiaomai - sticky rice-filled xiao mai riffs on Cantonese-style dim sum
Salmon flambé with oyster mushrooms
Braised pork with pumpkin in soybean paste
Golden honey mustard prawns and wok-fried prawns with garlic-chili sauce
Wok-fried seasonal vegetables include eggplant, mushroom, snap peas, and carrots
Steamed buns and crepes
When it was time for dessert we were poured some of Jam Jar's 2011 Sweet Shiraz.
Pumpkin stick in a yellow yam pudding with purple yam ball coated in coconut
Lormi-zhi - sticky rice balls filled with sweet black bean paste or crushed nuts
My favorites of the night were the flavorful beef curry spring rolls, the irresistible honey mustard prawns, the uber saucy wok-fried vegetables, the tender braised pork and pumpkin, and the cleansing chicken, shitake and enoki soup.
On their own the steamed buns were bland but like any starchy substance if you stick it with flavorful meat you've got yourself a tasty snack. Many people reached for the saucy braised pork to put in the middle, and of course I followed suit, ever so happy that I did.
My love for fire was aroused as the Chef came to each table and flambéed the salmon. It was seared nicely on the outside, cooked medium and juicy in the middle, and coated with a delicious sweet and spicy in-house made hot pepper sauce.
The tofu serving that I received was not crunchy as it claimed to be, something that would've changed the dish incredibly. The simple salt, pepper, chili flake coating was delicious though and made them easy to pop in to my mouth without it burning from too much heat.
The semi-sweet yam pudding didn't quite hit the spot for me as I was craving something sweet, so I opted for the very sweet Jam Jar as dessert instead. That said it seemed to be a crowd pleaser so I can only imagine that it was prepared as it should be and just wasn't for me. Of the plate of lormi-zhi I favored the pink one because of the sweet black bean paste inside (and because I never get to eat pink food). I did however like the textural contrast that the nut-filled ones offered.
The presentation of the entire meal was immaculate and I loved the addition of rose carrots and leaves as garnish, adorable soup bowls, and varied plates, baskets and hot plates for ever dish.
Sen Bistro offers daily lunch specials for $8.95, with items on the dinner menu ranging from $5.29 to $16.99. The restaurant also offers sukiyaki, a Japanese-style hot pot with beef or pork, tofu, vegetables, udon noodles, and broth for $24.99.
To check out their menu, click here.
For more high resolution photos check out my Sen Bistro set on Flickr.