Momofuku Seiōbo - The Star
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
Amazing food, loved the Caribbean flavours. Amazing service, I love that the chefs serve you the dishes! Lovely, professional staff. We had a counter seat overlooking the kitchen which was really interesting to watch. Overall amazing value for money for a three hatted restaurant in Sydney!
Very few tables guaranteed great service, super friendly staffs! No one course specially stood out but overall pretty high quality and there's nothing I dislike. Particularly impressed by all the smells of the food (I wish to dive my head into the bowl and take a nap)! Maybe work a bit more on the non-alcohol pairing I feel a bit weak and not impressed. But a very lovely dinner and I would recommend to all.
A wonderful way to celebrate our anniversary. The staff were delightful and the food and wine were magnificent
10 out of 10. A restaurant so good it doesn't feel like Sydney. It's on another playing field.
Amazing as always, the drinks and food was incredible especially the curry crab rice. The service and ambience is excellent . I was so happy to celebrate my Birthday here, cannot wait to come back here again!
Outstanding food and service. Highly recommend anyone to dine here.
The food is delicious. Every little bit of it is completely scrumptious and if you get the full tasting menu, you will not be disappointed ( or hungry!).
The Marron with coconut bakes was one of the best dishes I have had in years the pumpkin pie a very close second.
It was my birthday that day and I add lots of dietary requirements. They tried best to meet my requirements.
The food is amazing and very creative!
They also surprised me with a cake for me and a birthday card with the team’s signatures and wishes.
It was lovely but way too much food. I think 7 courses would be much more enjoyable with only the first dessert and without the first course.
An amazing food experience. Didn't know what to expect (and they don't want you to know) and was pleasantly surprised. Food was amazing, the staff were extremely helpful, being natural and easy going in the way the food was explained. In the end we had 13 courses of Caribbean food. We didn't have the wine pairing as it felt like it would have been too much food although we are usually a family of drinkers.
It was very great dinner. service was good and all the dish was amazing. Definitely will visit again !
Minimal service! Missing cutlery for the meal! Not willing to serve water even I asked for few times! Horrible guests whom keep sweating fxxx loudly and the management not controlling this! Won’t come back and definitely won’t recommend or mentioned to any friends! Disappointing service and floor management!
Fantastic food, 1 wait staff could have been more helpful friendly but overall fantastic would certainly come back again
From the minute we walked in to the minute we walked out we were made to feel very welcome and the staff really went out of their way. We had ordered another bottle of wine towards the end of the courses and had not finished it so they gave us an extra savoury course so we could enjoy our wine. Outstanding.
Great restaurant and great atmosphere and the taste of the food is very tasty
Wish there was more of it
Enjoyable dinner. Food was good but no stand out dishes. Have been to the restaurant before but decided to come back as they have changed the head chef.
Had a wonderful time celebrating a birthday dinner here. Had the tasting menu in which we ended up having a total of 12 courses each plus a small birthday treat from the team at the end. Did not enjoy the urchin and coconut dish but other than that everything else was delicious, particularly the marron and passionfruit dessert. Flavours of each course were bold but worked well together. Doesn't seem like much food in the beginning but we were stuffed by the end of the night. We were seated right in front of the kitchen where we could see everyone at work preparing the food which was awesome. Atmosphere was great with and easy going vibe. It was an enjoyable experience and for those thinking if they should go or not, I'd say it's worth trying out.
Loved the food, the staff were great and the space was OK
The service was exceptional. My overall experience was not great with a child blasting their phone /game music on the table next to me. The food was interesting but I did feel it was a bit too focussed on being experimental rather than tasty!
Great food and great place !! Worth to try !!
I had a great time staff were very nice, approachable and helpful
I booked for my self and had 10 course menu with out beverage pairing just because I wanted to purely enjoy the food and the time.
The wait service was good and really responding to the questions that I had about the menu.
The food was great, intriguing and eye-opening as I have never had this type of cuisine before.
The atmosphere seemed very casual and fun. Really going up to the guests, greet and talk to them and yet, I could see they were talented and trained well as they were working clean and making the least noise possible.
I was there for about 2 .5hours and didn’t find a single moment boring.
Always enjoy the delicious flavour food and the thoughtful service of the whole crew. Chef Paul is so talented and a nice person!
Amazing food. Awesome service. Unpretentious for a hatted restaurant. Looking forward to going back
It’s an enigma. Unquestionably, visit. For sure. It’s an outstanding experience with many highlights. It’s just not one of the top ten - or top fifty - dining experiences in the country.
The food journey is fascinating. At times, delightful fun. At others, flavor explosions. Almost all courses are bold, with craft and thought and depth, but few if any are subtle. It’s food for the zeitgeist, and I’m perhaps just a little old.
The bar is the place to eat, and watch the well oiled production line. It’s slick and efficient and fascinating, and all wonderfully informal and without pomp, but I wish they’d look to be having just a little more fun. And the passing foot traffic seen through long window are a consistent reminder that a soulless gambling den is underwriting it all.
I’m really glad I came. I loved most of the dishes. I loved most of the staff. I’m not likely to be back.
Incredible service and amazing food. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and happy to share laughs. There were 2 of us for dinner and we had the degustation, no wine pairing. We were celebrating a birthday and the restaurant organised a cake (effectively an extra course, no charge) and a card signed by all the staff. We were also given a postcard of our menu at the end of the evening. The most memorable and appreciated aspect of their service was how they could cater to dietary requirements without compromising the integrity of the dish/cuisine. They also allowed us to choose wine off the drinks menu, as the whites on offer weren't quite what we were after. Absolutely would recommend for a special occasion and I look forward to my next dining experience at Momofuku!
We absolutely loved our experience at Momofuku Seiōbo! Excellent tasting menu with amazing ingredients! The whole team was outstanding and we will surely return if we find ourselves in Sydney again!
Excellent dinner in a relaxed and friendly environment
Had a free night in Sydney and took the opportunity to try out Momofuku. Had recently dined at Momofuku Ko so was interested to see how they compared.
First impressions. The restaurant is in a casino, but fortunately you can’t really tell - it’s near a quiet back entrance and doesn’t feel like you’re on a gaming floor. Better ambience than the restaurants at the casino in Melbourne, which I actively avoid.
The room is slightly unusual and long - a small dining bar at the front, then tables and then the counter surrounding the kitchen. The counter is the place to be.
Reggae music and slightly brighter than I was expecting - it feels fun, as opposed to Ko which is enjoyable but has a more serious feel. Ko does feel like more of an occasion.
Staff welcoming and professional. The chefs do the thing from Ko where they show you the star dish of the evening beforehand - in this case a live marron (langoustine) enjoying the last moments of life...
Good wine list, not as encyclopaedic as Ko but then I wouldn’t expect it to be. They have the same ethereal Zalto wine glasses as Ko, beautiful.
On to the food. Things began with what for me was the only miss of the night, a mortar and pestle arrangement with plaintains and other items that you grind up yourself, along with a savoury soup to sip separately. Interesting but not really to my taste.
After that a succession of dishes, 12 in all including a couple of off-menu extras. A range of flavours and textures I hadn’t had before reflecting the chef’s Caribbean theme. All were very good to excellent (on a tough grading scale), with highlights including the pork slice (off menu), the sweet potato dumpling and the polenta/ocre with caviar.
Would recommend to those willing to try new things. Ko is less challenging but also less interesting.
Amazing place- great service and excellent food. Is expensive
Food was great with a couple of exceptions. The service was excellent. Worth a try.
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.
Outstanding, worth every penny. Sitting almost in the kitchen was fun and interacting with the chefs
The flavor combinations are perfect and tantalising. Great experience and will definitely be going back.
A dining experience that was amazing in every way and would recommend anyone who loves dining out
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.
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.
Hope this helps!