Devon by Night: Devon on Danks

It’s actually been a while since my last visit to Devon on Danks, but I’m not going to let it slide from my blog. The discussion to visit this place had been going on for a while between me and my friend. We were intrigued by one of the dishes which actually left us disappointed at the end (stay tuned to know which one it was). We decided to visit Devon on Danks at night due to my work schedule.

Devon on Danks, as the name suggests, is located on Danks St which directly intersects with Young St in Waterloo which is next to Surry Hills. It’s actually less than 2kms away from its bigger sister, Devon Cafe, which I find quite interesting.

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As we entered the restaurant, I could feel the vintage theme going on in this place. From the naked lightbulbs, old chairs and fans, to the eye-catching neon light bulbs on the far end of the place, I felt like I was back at my grandparents’ somehow, well it wasn’t as glamorous, but the vibe was similar. One of the friendly staffs suggested the banquet menu which is priced at $50 per person and each will get 2 raw dishes, 2 entree, 1 solo eats, 1 main, 1 side, and 1 dessert (food coma guaranteed!). Out of all those courses, we only get to pick the main and dessert. So, here we go:

Salmon Wontons - King Salmon Tartare, Wasabi Mayo, Tobiko, Red Shiso
Salmon Wontons – King Salmon Tartare, Wasabi Mayo, Tobiko, Red Shiso

There’s a hint of wasabi taste, but it’s strong enough so you can definitely taste it. Love the creaminess of the mayo and the richness of the salmon! The wonton wrapper is a great crunchy addition to the dish. Overall a well-balanced dish and a great start to our meal. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Korean Steak Tartare – Tajima Eye Round 9+ Sesame, Egg Yolk, Nashi Pear

With steak tartare, you really need to have a good quality beef and this one sure is. The thinly sliced nashi pear adds a texture to the dish.

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Steamed XL Oysters, Sweet Sake, Soy, Garlic and Shallots

Love the dressing, but just a touch of it as it is a bit salty.

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Belacan Fried Chicken – Fried Chicken Wings marinated in malaysian shrimp paste, Kalamnsi Dipping Sauce

Never had a fried chicken marinated in shrimp paste before and it turned out to be nice. The kalamansi dipping sauce is very fresh and citrusy which balances out the strong flavour of the chicken.

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Pork Buns – Hakka Style Malaysian Pork Belly, Taro

If there is anything that cannot do wrong in this world, it would be pork belly! The dough is fluffy and you can taste a hint of sweetness. However, the pork skin could be a tad crunchier.

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Aunty Yulia’s Short Ribs – Beef Short Ribs Slow Cooked in Indonesian Sweet Soy with Spicy Tomato and Basil Relish (Front) AND Steamed Brocollini Side Dish (Back)

I don’t know who Aunty Yulia is, but I want her to be my aunty and learn how to make this dish. The flavour on the ribs is so intense and super delicious! However, there’s hardly any meat on the ribs.

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Thai Milk Tea Soft Serve Sundae

We were excited when this was place on our table, so you can probably guess already that this is the dish that we expected the most. However, as we digged into the soft serve, we creased our forehead, thinking what is this that we were tasting. For me it is almost nothing like the normal thai milk tea that I usually have. The feedbacks and reviews that I read on this soft serve are all positive though, so I’m not sure why I dislike it so much.

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Matcha and White Chocolate Fondant, Basil Infused Honeydew Melon, Pistachio Crumble, Houjicha Ice Cream

Thank God we changed our mind from ordering two sundaes, into one of this fondant. This was the star of the night. The fondant could be crispier on the outside, but the gooey filling is to die for. And the houjicha ice cream is very creamy and fragrantful. I think I could eat a bowl of that ice cream by itself. I went to matcha heaven that night.

Overall, an excellent service and ambiance. Some dishes can be improved, and some are outstanding. I would recommend the matcha fondant, personally for me, I think it’s slightly better than Cafe Cre Asion’s (oops sorry!).

Date of visit: 21 May 2015

wandereatntell’s rating (explanation can be found here):

Food: 8/10   Service: 4/5   Ambiance: 4/5 Overall: 16/20 (Seriously Good)

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hungrycookie says:

    Everything looks amazing!

    1. nathaliejc says:

      They were indeed! If you haven’t been, then you should 🙂

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