Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star

4.6
515 reviews
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing place- great service and excellent food. Is expensive

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TM
Toronto
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great with a couple of exceptions. The service was excellent. Worth a try.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Had been to a number of hats venue over the years by far this would be the lowest raking in food taste. services and venue is great though.

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AM
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding, worth every penny. Sitting almost in the kitchen was fun and interacting with the chefs

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ZL
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The flavor combinations are perfect and tantalising. Great experience and will definitely be going back.

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BW
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A dining experience that was amazing in every way and would recommend anyone who loves dining out

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g
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in Sydney. It's a non pretentious place. You go for a nice meal and a great night out with friends. Chef Paul is super friendly too.

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E
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The basil oil in the cou cou kicked the dish up to the next level of flavour and fragrance.

The sea urchin dish was a work of genius - the familiar sea urchin flavours got transformed by the simple but unexpected addition of the coconut and the allspice into something very unusual and extraordinary.

The ducana (charred sweet potato, currants, Caribbean XO sauce) sounded like the flavours would jar but it worked so well, I could imagine eating a whole bowl of it in front of the TV!

The trout roe in the Ropa Vieja sounded strange and was weird when tasted separately to the beef brisket, but when mixed in with the rest of the dish, it combined well and added complexity and umami.

The marron was tasty with great charred flavour but the texture was just slightly on the mushy-soft side for me.

The kaffir lime in the passionfruit dessert was intensely fragrant and added a wonderful accent to the dish.

The pumpkin dessert was amazing; the pumpkin caramel in particular was a revelation to me.

I’d have given the food 4.5 stars but that rating option wasn’t available; I had to deduct something because the food wasn’t quite perfect, due to the somewhat mushy-soft marron.

The bar counter/barstools really need a bit of a re-think when it comes to comfort, though. I managed to cope through the meal itself but during the rest of that night, I couldn’t sleep, getting a sore back and muscle spasms in my thighs and feet - because there was nowhere on the barstool or bar counter for a person with short legs and limited knee flexion like me; I had nowhere to rest my dangling legs and feet. A ledge on the bar counter to provide a foot resting space would have been a godsend for me.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have always wanted to try it but never got around to it. So for our anniversary booked in. Food was unusally fantastic. Service was fantastic

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KA
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I enjoyed the vegetarian degustation, while my husband enjoyed the regular degustation- both with pairings.
Every course was exquisite to taste and beautifully presented, and the drinks complemented all of our courses perfectly.
The waiting staff were very friendly and accommodating, we had a wonderful evening.
Absolutely deserving of a 5 star recommendation, and we would be delighted to dine again.
Many thanks for a memorable experience.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Chef Carmichael is a genius. Beverage pairings were inspired!

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L
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant!
Never ate anything like!
They made me enjoy a food that I did not like to eat!

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NP
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had the degustation menu which was amazing. The green banana and Cucana were the standouts, every course was very good. Staff were great in explaining each course and assisting in the choice of wine. We sat at the bar looking into the kitchen which was fun. Nothing to fault, highly recommended and will go again.

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d
1 review
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an amazing time.. the experience was enjoyable from start to finish.. thank you to all the staff for making us feel so welcome. The food was amazing and exciting!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious, exciting and freah.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding three hatter in Sydney. Great tasting menu with many delights of the Carribbean. Some quirky wine pairings which included a sake, a cider and a cocktail. We were not disappointed.

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RB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We felt a bit lost to begin as the dishes come out flying with no menu or pretext. Though the momentum builds. The staff are passionate. And the food is extraordinary. This is an experience. Well done. Utterly worth it. 19/20.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing flavours, perfect pairings, cool buzzy scene.

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PP
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Great wine/drink matching. Cool ambience

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B
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Fun dining experience sitting at the bar and getting excited about everything that was being prepared in front of us. Food took us on a journey - it was fun, tasty and all explained well by the chefs which was nice.

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TB
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was amazing. Great flavors and a lot of variety. The reduced drink pairing was on point as well. Staff very well trained as you would expect and each dish and drink was explained very well. Overall an amazing experience!

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DW
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Every course was an exceptional surprise.
Servers and sommelier absolutely knowledgeable yet down to earth.
The staff had a surprise dessert and card signed by everyone for our anniversary. A small but really appreciate gesture.
Would definitely go back to Momofuku and I have already recommended it to friends and family.

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CH
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

Food was great as was the service. Each course was delicious and beautifully presented and the drinks pairing was perfect!
The let down for us was the atmosphere and the position. We were put at the bar to start and luckily for us they had a table available when I expressed our preference not to sit at the bar. Unfortunately, even at a table it felt cramped and not what we would expect at a hatted restaurant. Weird position at the end of the food court.

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YC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

An absolutely fantastic dining experience! Staff are highly knowledgeable and the food was outstanding.

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M
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Terribly disappointed..
I had a great meal few months ago so we went back but it was unbelievably bad.
What happened?
Maybe chef changed?
The menu and it's ingredients didn't work out for the value.
We all very disappointed with dining experience.
Shame it was special birthday occasion.

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A
Sydney / NSW
6 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

The food and staff were amazing. We totally loved it! Our only suggestion would be to step up the decor and ambience there was no wow factor in that regard and really doesn't do justice to the food and service.

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SB
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Amazing place, amazing experience. Caribbean cuisine full on! So many flavours and so many dishes, we were stuffed till our throats.
We were three people, one begets, one pisceterian. Although it was a good experience, I missed an occasional lamb dish, even a poultry variation would have sufficed. So, I removed one star for that. It seemed too “fishy” to me, with generous doses of caviar thrown in their dishes. Again, it’s an acquired taste and I am not a big fan of cured fish...
presentation was great, and so was the service. Very friendly staff!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Had a bit of a hard time finding the place due to the unmarked door, which made finding it all the more precious. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience marred only by 1) my aversion to desiccated coconut (which was predominantly featured) and 2) misunderstanding with the first server on when we could request the wine pairing option (we thought we had more time to decide but the first dish suddenly arrived). Other than these minor hiccups the food was delicious and the experience thoroughly enjoyable.

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A
London
8 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Must love it because I think that this was my 10th visit... Momofuku is totally original and the food is so comforting, like we grew up with it - and yet we didn't! Amazing that the chef manages to make us feel nostalgic for his food memories.

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EF
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Fantastic food. The flavours are complex and delicious!

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EH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is truly one of the best in Australia. Consistently excellent service, interesting and delicious food and fantastic beverages. It is good enough to book a trip to Sydney just to eat here!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

Very confused with the taste. Menu nothing fancy or exotic. Very disappointing actually....

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AY
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 1

The place was a real disappointment. Given its three hat rating, I would have expected a pleasant ambience, tablecloths, and comfortable seating, none of which transpired. The place felt as if it was just a carved-off corner of a Casino food hall. The service was pleasant enough but the food, not to mince words, was crummy. Compared to other three hatted restaurants like Quay, Sepia, and the Bridge Room, this place is the pits. Avoid!

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KR
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful night celebrating my husbands birthday which was made extra special thanks to the friendly and very experienced staff. Would definitely recommend this excellent dining experience.

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D
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall the 12 course meal was very good. The pace of the food delivery and the service was good too. The entree and the main gave us surprises but the dessert was a bit disappointing though. Perhaps it didn't suit our taste bud. 1 minor thingy - there is no sign outside the restaurant and therefore it's hard to locate the front door. Other than that, we were pretty happy.

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OT
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful! The service as always was impeccable. The fact that the chefs interacted and shared the story behind the dishes was welcomed and exciting. The food was unique, interesting and fantastic. Special pairings of things I wouldn’t usually order rounded out the experience. We will be back!

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JT
1 review
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic evening filled with delicious food, world-class service and perfectly paired beverages. Our wait staff were very informative and attentive, and the food was incredibly fresh and flavoursome. Would come back again in a heartbeat.

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M
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the best dining experience I have had. I t was brilliant from start to finish.
I highly recommend the paring of drinks to courses.
Thank you to all at Momofuku Seiōbo for such an experience

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ZZ
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Overall very good food, just can’t handle too much sweetness for the last two dishes, for me lighter on the sweetness would be better

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RD
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic evening, great food and wine. Watching the magic in the open kitchen is a must.

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