Knockout cocktails and Asian tapas
Calabur is situated where Tokyo Jazz Cafe used to be, its below ground level location makes for an interesting window viewing, legs of passersby and faces peering in from above curious to have a look at our dinner. This is most expected seeing as the food is quite varied, vibrant in colours and flavours and the cocktails are standout. The Sakura $17 combines some much-loved flavours of plum wine, elder flower liquer and orange juice with yakult. Cocktail-lovers such as yourselves will understand once you’ve tasted the creamy, sweet and sour concoction.
Ready your molars for this snack as the Pork crackling with garlic-infused mayo $7 is very crunchy. Sous vide scallops with spicy apple salsa $16 is a dish of plump Hokkaido scallops, julienned apples and zingy Thai-style dressing.
Chicken Skewers $14 Tumeric marinated chicken breast skewers sit perched upon a Japanese konro grill, the accompanying sesame sauce is creamy and has that lovely roasted flavour.
Fresh fish is plentiful and treated to some TLC of chili, lemongrass, wasabi, kaffire lime leaves PHLA Salmon $17 is a sweet and spicy tumble of fresh Atlantic salmon. Similarly, Spicy tuna tartare $17 is diced and married with a lemon and garlic dressing with fresh coriander, mint and wasabi
Mains involve some protein, cooked excellently. Duck with orange sauce $25 is served with aplomb, a glass cloche containing apple wood smoke is lifted to reveal a glamourous piece of sous vide duck breast all slick with a sweet Cointreau sauce. Steamed barramundi $24 is cooked in a sauce with all the hallmarks of Chinese flavours, sweet soy, ginger and shallots
For dessert, we stick to a seasonal classic, Mango sticky rice $14 Fresh mango slices with pandan sticky rice and sweet coconut milk dressing.
Have you noticed it’s nearing the end of the day and it’s time for a drink? Calabur is waiting for you…