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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RG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service - the flavours were amazing, so hard to pick a favourite, they were all perfect!

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KC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was 10/10. It's our 3rd time back and we thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

For anyone who loves the real momofuku experience from NYC, like Ko this is a very disappointing sham. Shame David Chang leases his name to Caribbean food. I booked on the momofuku name, but didn't check the menu, so am to blame. Don't go here if you have been to NYC.

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CL
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Maybe it’s the cultural difference, The dishes overall are fairly salty unfortunately. Limited cocktail to offer (only 4), the pairing drinks however are delightful and nice.

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SM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn't be faulted. Food and service was exceptional

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EW
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating my partner's birthday and we loved it so much. He's a difficult person to please on tasting menu but he enjoyed this so much. Flavors are good amd the sommeliers provided their professional advice on wine selection. Great service and they provided us an extra dessert for my partner's birthday celebration. Will definately return!!

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v
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible dining experience. Such a warm atmosphere, and the staff's knowledge was amazing

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SM
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My partner and I celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful time. They ensured that his dietary requirements were thoughtfully adhered to (despite having to alter the degustation to accomodate this) and acknowledged the occasion throughout our dining experience.

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DM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional from start to finish.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! I will say it was a bit difficult to find but had a great experience. 11/12 dishes were fantastic but one of the dishes was way to salty.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Lovely food, good service and environment. Particilar impressed by crab curry rice and the potato dish with the fish thing!

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BP
Minneapolis
37 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I felt deceived, a noisy bar with a few tables, half of the courses were bland, the other half, better but not worth that kind of money, the wine pairings ridiculous. White wine from Georgia? Diluted vinegar:(. $250 Australian dollars per person ( $200 USD) for mediocre food in a lousy environment. Even half that would be too much.
I don’t know how they got 4 star reviews, I can only speculate... DON’T waste your evening here...

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SK
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was both exciting and full of flavour. Well-presented dishes with a menu that's excellently thought out. The maron was a stand-out. Would definitely come back again for more.

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, lot of surprise and experience. One of a kind!!

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ZM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Damn. That was crazy. It was a theatre, a gastronomical show that reminded the diners why they deserve three chef hats. Was a big fan of the reduced pairing option, it made a lot of sense; practical yet still very versatile with beverages choices and its delicious pairings. Being from Melbourne and being familiar with the likes of Ishizuka and Attica, I definitely see why this David Chang joint can give these guys a run for their money a constantly exceed expectations on why they're still one of the best restaurants in Australia. 💯🔥

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Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The whole experience overall was very good. I have never had Barbadian cuisine before so the entire 13 course tasting menu was a barrage of new flavour experience after another! Unfortunately there was one slight hickup where a hair was found in one of my friend's earlier courses which slightly ruined the entire experience for her. The staff were very quick to take care of it promptly replaced the dish and compensated one of our drinks. I would have loved to know about the Barbadian influences of the dishes as well as where the ingredients themselves were sourced.

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MP
London
4 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliantly interesting flavours which was refreshing for a fine dining restaurant in Sydney. Great service and nice to watch dishes being prepared as well as general kitchen dynamics. Thank you for a lovely birthday meal.

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JT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent, the food was good but I was expecting more.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A really amazing meal in a very relaxed and engaging environment. Seated at the bar which meant lots of interaction with the chefs as well as the wait staff. Enjoyed a series of really delicious and innovative dishes which were presented with description by serving staff happy to engage and answer questions. Great reduced matching drinks, which I certainly would not have chosen , so great to try new things. This is fine dining with a relaxed attitude - fingers involved too! Excellent staff and sommelier. A really great night out

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The foods were great, the service was also very good. The desserts were wonderful, best panna cotta I have ever had. Staff were friendly and helpful. One dish was firing hot, the chef did mention Habanero but I didn't pick it up. It nearly killed me.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our diner at Momofuku! The food was absolutely beautiful (presentation, taste) and the wine was delicious and explained by a very passionate man that just wanted to share the wines he selects and loves. All of this served in a great atmosphere where you feel comfortable.
Definitely recommended!

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AG
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

A very good experience overall. We were celebrating a birthday and while we did request seating at the bar, this wasn’t provided, very disappointing.

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A
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Momofuku and they have cemented their place as one of my favourite fine dining restaurants.

They are well priced, the service is exceptional and the food is as you’d expect.

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BR
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Third meal here since it opened and easily the best. There is a confidence and flow to the food that is unmatched anywhere in Sydney.
This is a restaurant at the top of its game and the 1-2 punch of rundown and ducana is worth the price alone. Beverage has improved since last visit as well.
Flawless although surprising not to see the head chef on a Saturday night?

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JK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time at this restaurant! The wait staff were brilliant from the beginning. We felt welcome and the layout of the restaurant gives a very inclusive vibe. We thoroughly enjoyed our entree, having to purée our own food! Such a fun way to start off the night.
It was really nice that the chefs would all come and explain the meals, and it was clear that all the staff knew exactly what was happening. They could sub in and out at any time.
There were a couple of standout dishes that were quite phenomenal, especially the Ducana.
Unfortunately we didn’t really enjoy the sea urchin but that’s probably more a reflection on our palate rather than the dish. To their credit, without us mentioning anything they even offered to replace it with a vegetarian option. We politely declined in order to leave room for the other courses, but the gesture was really appreciated!
All in all it was a great evening and it’s a great culinary experience all round. Thank you to the chefs and wait staff.

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F
London
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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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S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
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 on February 12, 2019
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 on February 12, 2019
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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