Lex's Chef's Table of Awesome

20 February 2012, 00:23

This is Lex. Aka super awesome chef that has returned from the land of ice hockey, maple syrup and mounties. So anyways according to him he was bored one day and decided he wanted to cook an epic meal for some friends. Well hey now I hope you’re bored more often mate!

We sit and find ourselves faced with the decision of which to eat first- the freshly baked brioche or baguette with Pepe Saya butter and Schmaltz (rendered duck fat) that we gleefully schmear on our bread.

“I gotta shuck the oysters so uh drink some wine while you wait!” No worries Lex. Shuck away.

Mmm hello fresh bivalves!

Ooh and a second lot of oysters with Belvedere Black Vodka, creme fraiche and ocean trout roe. I love the pop of ocean trout roe when you squish them with your tongue yup I’m all class here.

Bacon foam oysters. YES YOU SAW THAT RIGHT- BACON FOAM! Someone asked Lex how he made it cept my eyes glazed over after hearing words like emulsion and stabilisation and all I could think of was ohmygawd how I heart bacon.

I would’ve been fine with the amount of food so far and managed to plow thru the kingfish and scallop ceviche with ease until Lex plonked the biggest bowl I had ever seen of the excess guacamole right in front of me as well as the remaining bag of spinach chips and my eyes must’ve looked like 0_0 seriously guys guacamole makes the world go round.

Duck wontons were fried to crispy golden perfection, the wonton skin bubbly from the hot oil and encasing juicy duck nubbins. Oh and they were fried in duck fat- be still my artery clogged heart! Orrr drag the wonton into the crazy awesome aioli ohhh yeahhh that’ll hit the spot!

Woah mama look at that paella! Look at all the yabbies! Look at how they are all staring! Also, when Lex portions out his food it’s like he’s trying to feed a giant who hasn’t eaten in weeks. My bowl was filled waaay to the brim with freaking tasty rice and slabs of chicken and sausage and a whole yabbie! Stomach totes at explodey point!

While we were slowly making our way thru the paella Lex had chucked the biggest hunk of steak I have ever seen on the charcoal bbq and had finished it in the oven. The smell of that steak had us all sniffing the air and drooling as if we hadn’t just devoured 5 courses. When it finally made it’s way in front of us we attacked it like there was no tomorrow, it was the best steak I have ever eaten and by golly I am a fussy one.

A lil pre dessert- frozen kiwi fruit on sticks that had been coated in brown sugar, these was just damn addictive.

Bubur Ketan Hitam aka glorious black sticky rice has the perfect bite and consistency and while the mango bullseye is cute we all smash that in seconds and reach for extra slices of mango hehe

But of course the best is saved for last, with a rich and chocolatey brownie, sweet raspberry coulis and the most incredible peanut butter ice cream that was just so light but intensely peanut buttery thanks to a lucky accident of doubling the peanut to cream ratio haha mega thumbs up!

Lex and his helper apprentice Lael, thanks heaps guys!

Muahahaha table is demolished. Awesome foods and awesome peeps love you guys and here’s to many more dinners to come!



  1. Awesome night of deliciousness. The duck wontons were amazing. Thanks Lex and Lael!

    Helen (grabyourfork)    Feb 20, 12:37 AM    #

  2. thank you for keeping me from boredom haha – fun times!

    Lex    Feb 20, 12:57 AM    #

  3. What an amazing dinner! Was all of that really cooked at home by those guys? So cool. I love bubur ketan hitam, so yummy.

    Cynthia    Feb 20, 01:37 AM    #

  4. Ohohoh! Dinner looks good.. especially the paella and the desserts, yummy as!

    Sophie @ teathyme    Feb 20, 01:53 AM    #

  5. “land of ice hockey, maple syrup and mounties” wouldn’t happen to be Canada, would it! :P

    The food looks amaaaazing, I’m so envious of all the great food you get to eat!

    Sachie    Feb 20, 06:34 AM    #

  6. WHOA! I’m drooling over that monster paella! OMG that brownie & peanut butte ice cream! Jealous!

    Ramen Raff    Feb 20, 07:01 AM    #

  7. Dear Lex & apprentice, thanks again for the amazing spread!!

    Minh    Feb 20, 09:17 AM    #

  8. WOW I wish I could cook a dinner party like that (or had friends that could =P)! It all looked so perfect!

    Ange@mykikicake    Feb 20, 10:28 AM    #

  9. I want to have a feast for dinner now!

    Paul    Feb 20, 11:00 AM    #

  10. so much food! but everything looks awesome esp the bacon foam!

    Jacq    Feb 20, 11:04 AM    #

  11. WOAH! What an amazingly epic dinner you guys had. The paella reminds me of pinchy (Homer’s pet lobster) lol

    Phuoc'n Delicious    Feb 20, 11:09 AM    #

  12. “…the land of ice hockey, maple syrup and mounties…”
    I’m gonna take a wild guess and say that Lex spent some time in Canada? :D

    What an awesome-sounding meal! That paella looks especially delicious! :)

    Row    Feb 20, 11:26 AM    #

  13. Holy mother of all things food! Thats the most amazing spread ever! It just looks so good…kiwi fruit…brownies…steeaaaaak. Yum!

    Apple    Feb 20, 11:32 AM    #

  14. Wow – lucky feasters! I think I need to befriend more chefs…

    Tina@foodboozeshoes    Feb 20, 02:17 PM    #

  15. I met Lex at the food picnic – lovely guy and amazing chef by the sounds of it! YUM

    Swah    Feb 20, 03:09 PM    #

  16. OMG – Duck Wontons and black sticky rice – My FAVOURITES!!!
    Wish I had a friend like him :)

    Erin@TheFoodMentalist    Feb 20, 05:49 PM    #

  17. I thought I saw you at the Wellington airport today?

    — Sam    Feb 20, 08:27 PM    #

  18. un-fricken-believable. Every single thing looks amazing!

    JJ @ 84thand3rd    Feb 20, 10:55 PM    #

  19. oh my god. so blown away by all that good food! and all homemade too…amazing. wish my friends were as talented as that!

    excusemewaiter    Feb 20, 11:13 PM    #

  20. Ommggggg so jelly >_< please do it again sometime lex!! (when I can make it) kthx

    FFichiban    Feb 21, 02:58 PM    #

  21. I welcome talented bored friends who produce meals like this….everything looks so good!

    Anna @ the shady pine    Feb 21, 08:38 PM    #

  22. Lex cooked up an amazing feast!!

    Sara @ Bellly Rumbles    Feb 22, 01:17 AM    #

  23. awww can he be my friend too???? the frozen kiwis is a great idea!!

    catty    Feb 22, 08:51 PM    #

  24. How do I become friends with this Lex character? That paella looks soooo yum!

    retrodaze    Feb 26, 08:25 PM    #

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