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Red Mullet FishCaf

210 Glenferrie Road, Malvern

General

 

YOU MUST BOOK AHEAD

 

(and make sure you confirm with the person on the phone the time and date and number of people who will be attending)

Even though I’d booked earlier in the week, they didn’t have our reservation when we arrived.

We had to sit outside, which was fine… until the sun set!

Admittedly the staff were very apologetic, and attentive throughout the evening, but it was pretty chilly by the time the mains were brought out

So book ahead!

 

Now that’s out of the way – on to the food!

 

Entrée

Prawn cocktail with lime and coriander aioli

The prawns were huge, juicy, succulent and sweet

The aoli was quite nice, but there’s nothing better than freshly squeezed lemon (also provided)

 

Salt and Pepper Squid

It was a big generous serving of cross-hatched calamari pieces.

It could have had more pepper and needed to be cooked a little bit longer.

It wasn’t quite crisp enough.

 

Thai fishcakes with sweet chili dipping sauce       

These were spectacular.

Hot, tasty, crispy on the outside, and wonderfully chewy on the inside.

The texture was fantastic, excellent flavor, perfectly complimented by the dipping sauce.

 

Main

Fish and Chips

Batter – excellent

Fish – plastic tasting, watery, very ordinary

Chips – generous, hot and tasty

Salad – sad, soft, miserable

 

Special – Sword Fish with herbed crust and honey mustard sauce

Herb Crusted Sword Fish – Sweet, perfectly cooked, tasty crust

Sauce – Lovely and sweet, the mustard seeds were unnecessary

Potato Gratan – not creamy enough, the potatoes were undercooked

Salad – rocket and beet leaf, perfectly fine

 

It was a nice meal, a shame about the table, and the disappointing fish and chips.

I would happily go there again, if I get a table, and will probably order a bigger selection of entrées in place of a main.

 

Price

Good value at $45 each for 2 beers, 3 entrées and 2 mains.

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Quaff

436 Toorak Road, Tooak

The staff were friendly and accommodating when we turned up for dessert at 10:30pm on a Saturday night.

The food was excellent.

A vanilla crème brûlée, not too sweet and wonderfully creamy.

A free form pear tart with toffee sauce, which was perfect.

An apple and rhubarb crumble, which was hot, tasty and tangy.

And the tasting tray – 4 small serves of gastronomic delight.

         a tiny pear soaked through with spiced red wine

         a small lemon and coconut pudding

         a sliver of hot chocolate mud cake

         a tiny raspberry panacotta (the only dissapointing part, as it was quite bland)

 

I would definitely go to Quaff again for late night delectable decadence.

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Belucci’s

129 Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park

The Evening

For entrée we shared the Piatto Mista – a mixed platter of meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce, mussels in an excellent Napolitana sauce, and calamari fritters. 

It was excellent – the meatballs were juicy and the sauce had the perfect amount of heat.

The muscles were succulent and sweet in the Napolitana sauce.

But the highlight of the evening was the calamari fritters – hot and crisp squid tentacles with a wedge of lemon.

1 serve between 2 people – $24.00

 

For the mains we had an assortment of seafood dishes.

The char-grilled seafood platter looked delicious (from across the table), which I regret not ordering.

The men ordered the Paella which they consumed with great gusto.

I made the mistake of ordering the Linguini Marinara – $24.90
The linguini was overcooked, the seafood in it was excellent and generous, but the addition of kalamata olives did nothing for the dish. 

They were too heavy and salty and did not compliment the other flavors in the sauce.

 

The Dessert

This is where it all started to go downhill.

We were brought the dessert menu which looked amazing.

Sponge cake layered with milk chocolate mousse, A traditional tiramisu, I think it was a crème brûlée of some sort., Mango and Lemon gelato.

They all sounded excellent so we decided to order one of everything to share.

We were then informed that they only had the gelato available (maybe something that should have been mentioned when the dessert menu’s were given out)

We then ordered tea, a simple request.

But it tasted horrible, the water was not freshly boiled and tasted stale from sitting in an urn for hours on end.

 

The Pros

Beautiful, fresh seafood.

The stunning view of the sun setting over the sea.

 

The Cons

The Staff

I arrived at the restaurant early.

There were 2 other couples dining at the time.

And yet, the floor manager decided that it was appropriate to loudly brief the staff (in the open) on what their tasks for the evening were.

Surely this should be done before the restaurant opens its doors for the evening and not publicly within earshot of patrons.

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