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  1. Johanna GGG

    I think I would love to see you write a short story about mothers and eucalyptus snow – I loved hearing about that moment of the dinner – and I do wonder about the effects of the snow on your mother. It sounds like a great meal – worth the wait!

  2. Emma

    Every time you do a restaurant review I’m just so amazed by the style of cuisine. I’ve never been served anything so artful or interesting or disgustingly foamy. Is this what all haute cuisine is like in Australia? Is it like that here too and I’ve just never been to a fancy restaurant? Does the portion of duck look minuscule compared to the portion of steak? Can a man pose handsomely whilst displaying his lamb rump?

    So many questions.

    I’d never heard of razor clams – they look crazy! It’s nice that beach oysters are friendly:)

  3. Daisy@Nevertoosweet

    I’m glad you had a great bday dinner this year 🙂 even though it was late but I don’t think that matters as long as you went to a good place ~ The food looks great! I don’t remember the last time I went to Canberra but the food scene has definitely improved a lot!

    What kind of cuisine is this? It’s so unique hehe kind of like a mix between Australian modern with an Asian fusion?

    I’m very interested in trying the butterscotch creme brulee 🙂

    1. Whispering Gums

      Oh Daisy, Canberra has always had good food places. You just have to know them. One of my favourites from long past was called Peaches … Their food was wonderful AND they served it in Coalport Countryware china. That was class. But, of course, they didn’t serve heroin then so, you know …

  4. Debi

    Never magically turned a rabbit into a human, but I did write a poem about a rabbit when I was little…and I didn’t have a rabbit at the time. 😀 The dinner looks AMAZING! Even if it was a 5 month late birthday dinner. 😀

  5. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Mmmm duck egg custard sounds delicious. Heehee the leprechaun vomit made me giggle.

  6. Silvia

    My, that food looks all delicious (minus the clams…. coming from a landlocked country, I’m wary about sea food 😉 )

  7. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    holy deliciousness!!!

  8. Leah

    Looks amazing!

  9. Mike

    Hmmm. I might have been a rabbit once. I have buck teeth and lopped ears. I have lots of Dutch blood in me. I like oats, carrots and greens. And I think I am an inquisitive, social animal. But am I good to cuddle? I don’t know ….

  10. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    We had a rabbit who would round up our chickens like a sheep dog. Does that count?

    I’ve only been to Sage once (it was awesome) but I feel like I have such a connection to it. My Aunt owned the cafe that was there before it and my parents have a little company that is called Sage. Before the restaurant got its bold listing in the white pages we used to regularly get phone calls wanting to book a table.

    I’m reminded that I must go back there again and soon!

  11. Ricki

    What a visually stunning meal (despite the leprechaun vomit)! Sounds like a beautiful restaurant. And happy belated (or would that be early?) birthday! 😀

  12. Rach

    I have to say, I love your brother’s shirt in that shot. 🙂 Also, his food looks amazing! Really lots of it looks good. Glad you enjoyed most of it (despite the leprechaun vomit, haha!)

  13. Chopinand @ ChopinandMysaucepan

    Dear Hannah,

    This looks like a beautiful meal, especially the razor clams as I like the soft slightly chewy texture. The truffled custard with its heady aromas is something that always reminds me of the pleasure of indulgence. Happy belated and how naughty to post time 5 months late so it’s quicker to your next birthday.

    I have definitely used magic to turn more than one rabbit into a human.

    I went to an elegant dinner party once and used my magic charm to turn two gorgeous playboy bunnies into beautiful half naked women who sat on each side of me for the rest of the evening, enjoying bubblies and strawberries. Does that count? 🙂

  14. beti

    hahahahaha I was all concentrated, reading all the food that you and your family ate when I saw that question, you made my day!

  15. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    mmm Leprechaun vomit. Haha only, joking.
    I absolutely love those black slate plates they served it on. ooh-la-la

  16. theresa

    Potato glass! What was that like?!

  17. Libby

    Oh, that pea mousse looks delightful! The entire dinner looks like it was worth the 5 month wait! 😀

    I can’t say I’ve used magic to turn a rabbit into a human but man, I’d love to turn a handful of my annoying workmates into rabbits. Or rats. Or ants. Heh.

  18. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Definitely the best question ever! I don’t know if I have the confidence to answer 😉

    I’m so glad you had a wonderful dinner, given it was so late! This food sounds delicious and I one day want to eat an edible garden too. And have that butterscotch dessert.

  19. msihua

    I’ve used magic to turn a cat into a rabbit! Does that count as better? Hahahaha…And yes.. pickled veggies rock!

  20. Tina@foodboozeshoes

    “leprechaun vomit” – Ha! I just cacked myself laughing!

  21. Jenny @ Ichigo Shortcake

    OMG the food looks absolutely fantastic! I haven’t been to fine dining much…now I wish I went more…

    It’s always a nice treat to have late birthday celebrations…my boyfriend bought me a weekend getaway package for my birthday in November, but we haven’t used it yet! It won’t be until at least 2 months later. 😛

  22. Kath Lockett

    Love the meals – all works of art. Although your brother is pretty easy on the eye too….

    Answer to your question. YES. Every single day we had our beloved Skipper the rabbit, I used to cuddle him and say, “What would you tell me if you could talk?”

  23. Christine (Merf)

    that food all looks amazing and “roasted lamb rump” made me lol.

  24. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    I love razor clams and remember having them in London. So glad that a place does them here-I wonder where they get them from? 😀 And as a matter of fact I have used magic to turn a rabbit into a human! 😉

  25. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    What a fancy fancy fancypants dinner! Both of those desserts sound amazing. Happy late birthday!

  26. leaf (the indolent cook)

    Oh, this looks like a fabulous place to visit next time I go to Canberra, even despite the excessive use of foam!

  27. Ashley

    Wowwww, eucalyptus snow? Aspargaus mousse?! Your meal looks simply sumptuous. Want to go!

    I had my family birthday dinner 3 months late last year, but it is also one of the most memorable meals I had last year…so who’s complaining right? 😉

  28. hungryandfrozen

    Foam! Snow! What even? I just ate a whole lot of deep fried pickles so my brain isn’t up to saying anything clever, I’ll be doubly good next time, I PROMISE.

  29. Louise

    This does look fabulous. I’ve not heard of Sage before, will have to add it to my wishlist. Although I am totally over foam, and those crumbs/dust things are the new foam. Although usually tastier than foam. And no, I’ve never turned rabbit into anything. Well occasionally dinner. I love your childhood story too. A fantastic imagination from a very young age is a wonderful thing.

  30. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    Why am I so fascinated by the idea of a duck-egg custard? And what on earth is a finger lime? And eucalyptus snow?! Oh how I love fine-dining menu descriptions. And the photo of your handsome brother’s rump. 😉

    PS – You should suggest they use “leprechaun vomit” in the description of that dish on the next printing of the menu.

  31. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    ummmmm I would have to answer “no”. What a downer, hey? 🙂 Loved seeing your beloved Sage. Foam is so gross to photograph. The food looks uber delicious though. Love me a special dinner out. That’s the best part about birthdays!
    Heidi xo

  32. Catherine

    Amazing birthday meal. I didn’t know you could eat razor clams (I thought you just dodged them when water ski landing at the lake).

    Some totally gorgeous food, I’m almost foaming at the mouth!

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