Ayers Rock - Uluru
Posted 31 May 2005 - 04:56 PM
This red promontory has long been a sacred place for the local Anangu people. Now known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru, it protrudes more than 1,000 feet above the relatively flat, arid plains of central Australia.
Imagine my surprise, then, when I dined at Kuniya, the ace restaurant at Sails in the Desert, the resort's five-star hotel. Christian Andrew, the enthusiastic and talented young chef, ......One bite of his roasted kangaroo—cooked rare, with a delicately sweet and gamy character reminiscent of good venison, nicely set off with a pure, intense pan sauce and a wonderfully fresh-tasting celery root salad—and you know you're in good hands. I'm tempted to say the flavors hop off the plate, but actually it's the juicy textures that stamp this as first-rate fare. A silky, supple De Bortoli Pinot Noir 2003 made a smooth match.
Now, it seems, there's good food everywhere. Australia is quickly catching up to the United States as a leader in New World cuisine.
Andrew scored points with me for his spicy quail consommé, with toothsome, free-form ravioli and fresh peas. Tasmanian scallops were sweet and juicy against a white bean puree, served in the shell with a jaunty slice of chorizo and a tangle of coriander cucumber salad.
The restaurant's short wine list has some nice choices. Most everything is available by the glass, including Devil's Lair Chardonnay 2002 and Annie's Lane Riesling 2004, both outstanding.
Posted 31 May 2005 - 06:06 PM
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Posted 02 June 2005 - 03:58 PM
What does "promontory" mean in Americanese? To my humble Australian mind it means a headland and this requires are large amounts of water. No so much of this around Uluru.
Posted 02 June 2005 - 04:02 PM
a : a high point of land or rock projecting into a body of water b : a prominent mass of land overlooking or projecting into a lowland
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Posted 02 June 2005 - 04:53 PM
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Posted 02 June 2005 - 07:04 PM
Wilfrid - Webster, pah! Didn't the 'u' out of colour?