I guess I knew early on today that I was going to fall off the wagon.
The choice became not IF I was going to cheat on my new eating plan, but how.
I’m far more picky about what I put in my body these days, so greasy, revolting fried chicken or sad cardboard burgers from the drive-thru were never going to be on the menu tonight.
I decided to head to the opposite extreme and took myself to Belthazar at the V&A Waterfront – because if you’re going to fall off the food wagon, you should do it in style.
Effusive food writers would potter on endlessly with rich, colourful prose unpacking the subtle spice infusions, the heady flavours and incredible complimentary textures of the food laid out before me, but there’s no need for that sort of nonsense.
Let’s keep it simple.
Fresh homemade white bread and butter, served with beef sausage in a Napolitana sauce. That’s just while you read the menu to decide what to eat.
Starter. Burrata. Soft mozzarella with a warm creamy centre.
Burrata should be the first thing you eat in heaven, just so you know you’re in heaven. Warm, soft cheese and cream? It’s seduction through your palate. With extra cream. And baby rosa tomatoes, basil and black pepper. And sighs of happiness.
Tasmanian grass-fed beef is the closest you’ll get to the ecstasy of Wagyu beef without actually paying for Wagyu beef or travelling to Kobe prefecture to eat the best version of Wagyu beef. A touch of marbling in the tender sirloin with a crispy side of rich, salty fat – sweet Mary, Mother of God! Or in other words, divine.
Frozen berries in hot white chocolate. Listen to me – this is important: EVERYTHING in life needs to end with frozen berries in white hot chocolate. Everything. Sex. Your work day. Meetings. Walks on the beach. And dinner. Just add frozen berries in white hot chocolate. It’s the afterglow to good food porn I’ve always been looking for.
So yes. I cheated. I cheated on all my good food intentions and I don’t regret a thing. Not one. I ate too much, but the pain is a good pain – like Fifty Shades of Grey, but for food.
THIS food loves me. And it is good and proper to idolise this food.
Well played, Belthazar. Well played.
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