We are already fans of Cumulus so we had high hopes for Golden Fields which was meant to be similar but with Asian slant.
Like Cumulus there is no booking and it's open all day. There is seating at the bar as well as tables and it has the same busy and noisy vibe. It's just too cool for school with funky wait staff and a record player (pictured) in the middle of the bar. Long time since I've seen one of thise in action! We had a choice of a table or bar area and chose to sit up at the bar to watch the action.
Our waitress was friendly and attentive in spite of having started her shift at 10:30am and not finishing till 11pm. She suggested we browse the menu and choose what we fancied and she could then tweak our choices and help with half portions where possible and advise if we were going askew with volume!
Chicken broth, enoki, shimeji mushrooms and lime served in a teapot came next and it was a warming, deep and savoury broth and I loved the tangy squeeze of lime.
I forgot to take a picture of the next dish which is disappointing as it was my favourite dish of the night - shredded chicken, sesame paste, home made cold rice noodles and chilli oil. It's like a cold chicken noodle salad "bang bang" style. And I loved this. I loved the thick white noodles and the creamy sesame flavour along with the tingly spice. I'd have eaten more of this if I could. Would be a great lunch dish on its own. Chin Chin and Spice Temple do similar version. The Spice Temple version has flavour but is in a bit of a oily dressing and it doesn't come with noodles and the Chin Chin one has salad I think so texture is good but I found the chicken quite dry. The version here is perfect and the chicken is perfectly poached so even the breast meat is succulent. Yum yum yum - more please!
The beef was beautifully cooked and there were some Asian flavours coming through. The pepper sauce was a soy based dipping sauce with lots of fiery pepper flavour. The Szechuan spice was used sparingly so just not enough to numb the tongue but not too much it destroys the nerves and tastebuds so a good balance.
The veggies were a crisp and sweet contrast to the intense flavours of the beef. The egg added a creaminess and the smoky flavour definitely came through with added to the asparagus making it taste griddled. I love a good runny egg and this was great.
- Baked meringue, vanilla, rose and lychee
- Peanut butter parfait, salted caramel and soft chocolate
The peanut butter parfait dessert was like a Snickers ice cream bar but richer and more flavoursome. I had something similar at Society but it was lighter and I think I preferred the lighter version. I can imagine though that many would love the Golden Fields version but it was just a bit too rich and sweet for me.
The meringue was light and delicate and I really enjoyed it...except for the hint of rose which made me feel like I was chewing on soap. Steve didn't mind the rose though.
We really enjoyed Golden Fields and would happily return. The slow roast salt pork with crackling, pickled cabbage and tamarind looked amazing so we need to come with friends. The waitress told us it was about 2kg with bone uncooked so wouldn't recommend it for just the two of us. So who wants to come?