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Ezard

Kat took me to this restaurant for a decadent birthday dinner last year…. I’ve been meaning to post this for ages

 

187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne

 

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vanilla kiss – vanilla infused ketel one vodka, peach liqueur, lime, mint, pineapple juice

 

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Parmesan, Garlic, and Rosemary infused olive oil
Japanese salt with nori, toasted sesame, bonito flakes
Sweet and spicy salt
Szechuan pepper

 

IMG_2237Japanese inspired oyster shooter (Kat’s was silken tofu) 

 

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char-siu quail with mandarin pancake, lime and cucumber salad and roasted rice

 

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citrus and vodka cured salmon, black quinoa, olive oil jam, smoked yoghurt, tangerine vinaigrette

 

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steamed spiced tofu with chilli, fragrant oils and crispy sweet potato

 

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steamed spanner crab dumplings with yarra valley salmon roe, chervil cress, coconut tom kha

 

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salad of heirloom beetroot and carrot, asparagus, parmesan custard, serrano jamon, hazelnuts, black truffle vinaigrette

 

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salad of heirloom beetroot and carrot, asparagus, parmesan custard, serrano jamon, hazelnuts, black truffle vinaigrette

 

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open wagyu beef burger, quail egg, onion jam, smoked tomato, beetroot crisp, truffle oil mayonnaise

 

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slow cooked pork belly, fennel pollen, celeriac, apple pudding and calvados jus

 

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eight score sher wagyu beef, white polenta, morels, red wine jam, foie gras, sticky shallot jus and mache salad

 

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Palate cleanser
Lemon and poppy seed soil, compressed pineapple, apricot foam

 

IMG_2265Ezard dessert tasting plate to share
Deconstructed carrot cake
Passion fruit parfait
Deconstructed pear and rhubarb crumble
Chocolate Brownie
Lemon curd tart with red currants and champagne foam (my favorite!)
Gingerbread crisp, honey ice cream stuffed with honey comb and a sugar tuille

 

IMG_2267nv henriques & henriques 15 years old malvasia, madeira, portugal (mine)

 

 

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30 Cato St Prahran

 

Lady D and I tootled over on a Saturday evening, ready to feast on some succulent American Style BBQ.

The place was almost empty at 6:30pm but every single table was reserved – luckily we had booked! By 7pm the restaurant was packed.

I ordered the single serve of pork robs with a side of coleslaw. Lady D was looking forward to the lamb shoulder with a side of mac’n’cheese with house smoked bacon. And of course we required some fries for the table – we’re only human.

The food arrived.

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The ribs smelled amazing. And they were the perfect size for one person to enjoy without feeling overwhelmed. The sauce was sticky and smokey and the ribs were juicy and succulent.

The house fries were crispy and delicious and hadn’t absorbed any of the oil.

Unfortunately there was something really lacking in the coleslaw. It wasn’t crisp and crunchy. And it really lacked an acidic balance.

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When Lady D put the first bite of lamb into her mouth I could see instantly that she was disappointed. I had to try – it tasted microwaved and stale and rubbery. It wasn’t the beautiful, shredded, juicy meat that it should have been. It didn’t even fall apart.

The mac’n’cheese, which should have been a rich and decadent was… A real let down. It was oozy, oil pooling around your spoon as you push through the melted cheese. It looked lovely and creamy but tasted really watery as if they’d made the béchamel with water instead of cream or milk and the macaroni was soggy and very over cooked. The only redeeming feature was the quality of the house smoked bacon.

So, it was a very mixed experience. The pork ribs were rather delicious and the staff were wonderful. The staff were attentive, knowledgable of the menu, present without being pushy or overbearing, friendly, and genuine. Whilst the food had been hit and miss, especially for my dining accomplice Lady D, it was a pleasant evening out, though a shame that so many of the menu items did not coming close to expectation.  As a burger fan, usually it’s the first thing I am drawn to on the menu.  But there was only one burger on offer – and the inclusion of fetta and sundried tomato in the pattie was far from appealing.

 

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PM24

24 Russell Street, Melbourne

 

Was I biased because I went to school with the chef’s daughter – not one bit.

Was is an amazing, memorable, magical dining experience – ABSOLUTELY

 

There is a reason why Philippe Mouchel is the ‘chef of the year’ recipient.  He is a culinary master.  It’s the fine French food that you read about, you dream about, and now you  can actually enjoy it without having to mortgage a  kidney.

 

The antique rotisserie machine is burgundy and gold, and a thing of beauty.  The restaurant is not too big, but not claustrophobic, it’s classy without being pretentious, and it’s warm  and welcoming.

 

Between Hayley Jen and I (all having birthdays within weeks of eachother) we decided to order a la carte and mix and match to our own tastes (though there is a 5 course tasting menu for $90)  Our mocktails/cider, entrees, mains, sides, and shared desserts set us back $75 and we were beyond satisfied.

Ginger Mojito

Miss Hayley with our complimentary pumpkin veloute

 

Oh my goodness! The flavors were insane  – incredible – amazing! We had to be physically restrained from licking the plate after the souffle.  The duck comfit was perfection.  And Serrano ham needs to be tasted to be believed.

Cheese and Jerusalem Artichoke Souffle
Sauce fondue

Confit Duck
Saute mushroom, frisee salad, poached egg

Serrano Ham

Smoked and shaved

 

Mouclade – Scallops and Fish, vegetables and saffron cream

Special – Roast lamb on mash with goats cheese

To be honest, the seafood was nice, but not mind blowing.  The sauce was smooth and luxurious. But this could have really been an entree

Surprisingly this was the only disappointment.  The lamb was dry and hard… it would have been more tender if it had been warmer. And there was just not enough sauce.

Pommes frites, parmesan, rosemary –
The best darn chips I’ve ever had in my life – the flavor was incredible

Cauliflower gratin

Was Hayley’s side dish and presumably delicious as it was finished off 🙂

Steamed green beans with sauteed onion

a delightful accompaniment to any dish

The lovely shared dessert – Dark chocolate sponge, freeze dried and fresh raspberries, milk chocolate mousse, and chocolate ganache with gold leaf.

 

Next time, we have vowed to order every single entree – an absolutely stunning lunch experience.

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Fenix

680 Victoria Street, Richmond

 

Well, the original plan was for the Athenian Afternoon Tea, but it was cancelled at the last minute – so Ange spoiled me even more by taking me to lunch at Fenix for my 30th birthday.

 

The reviews had been mixed, but we had the most delightful afternoon.

The restaurant was airy, but not noisy.  The staff were helpful without being invasive.  And the view was spectacular.

 

We were having the 7 course tasting lunch…

Spiced nuts, toasted w pumpkin seeds

Marinated ‘mount zero’ olives w dukkah

Slow cooked W.A. octopus tentacles w saffron potatoes & salsa verde

‘La Tablita’ – cured & salted small goods including waygu prosciutto  w pickles

Roasted pine nut hummus with fresh flat bread

 

Pan roasted king fish, with black sesame and rocket salad

 

Lamb off the spit with saffron frekke and roasted pine nuts and minted yoghurt

 

  Lady Angela enjoys her cuppa and soaks in the view over dessert…

Inside out cheesecake with raspberry sorbet – HEAVEN!

Strawberries with cream and meringue

It was a lovely afternoon, delicate and subtle flavors, and beautiful produce.

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393 Camberwell R, Camberwell

 

This place is fab!

Allergy friendly for everyone – from the gluten to the fructose intolerant.  Most importantly – the food is delicious!

Sweet Potato Rosti
With  Bacon, spinach (sans) hollandaise, a poached egg, and cherry tomatoes $21

It was delicious.  A sweet potato rosti with a salty crunchy exterior. And delicious toppings.  Shame the egg was super vinegar-y.

The best thing about this place – if it doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t go on the menu.  That’s why there’s no burger – yet.  They’re road testing gluten free buns — so lovers of my other blog emsburgerquest – stay tunes!

Jess enjoyed her chicken and cider pot pie with chick pea chips and said it was deceptively filling and very tasty.

Our brunch outings have been fantastic.  For those who need gluten free, fructose free, nut free, dairy free, or vegan – and the menu is colourful and full of flavour.  The staff are friendly and know the menu inside and out.  A great little place.

With so many friends with intolerances *including myself – it’s great that there’s a place that has embraced the challenge and created a menu that literally has something for everybody
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Mamababa

21 Daly St, South Yarra VIC 3141

 

Expectations were high, after all our other wonderful experiences at George’s restaurants.

AND THEY CAME CRASHING DOWN at Mamababa

 

The concept was great – Sunday lunch Special

Greco Roman Yum Cha $40 per person (4 courses)

We were the first customers to arrive for the 12noon lunch sitting.

We were put in a weird little corner even though we’d booked in advance.

First course was quite pleasant –

Thin strips of prosciutto with fennel seed infused grissini

Smoked salmon with fresh warm bread

Warm breaded olives with harissa

 

 

Second course was a bland cauliflower soup that didn’t move me

 

Penne matriciana – Undercooked pasta, served room temperature, unseasoned

Macaroni cheese – bland, cold, undercooked, unseasoned,  – I did like the super crunchy breadcrumbs with not nearly enough panchetta on top

 

Spaghetti puttanesca – undercooked, under seasoned, pretty bland

Orichette – with asparagus – probably my favourite dish of the day but needed something acid like lemon juice to balance the flavours

 

And the salad – how can you ruin salad? They did

The cos lettuce still had sand/dirt grains, and was served – 5 leaves with a few curls of reggiano – no dressing – it was like they forgot to finish making it

 

Dessert – The expected Columbaris donuts with honey and candied pecans – raw, like the pasta, they were uncooked in the middle

Creme fresh semi freddo with rose and candied pistacios – weird flavours, tasted like creamy soap

 

Well, we’ve had amazing meals at Maha, Hellenic Republic, and St Katherines. But I’ won’t be going back to Mamababa any time soon – leave it long enough for them to cook the pasta all the way through!
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Big Boy BBQ

  • 764 Glenhuntly Road, Caulfield South

$99 feeds 4 people generously – $25 each

Saucy beef brisket, pulled pork scotch fillet, pulled lamb shoulder, pastrami, ½ rack of pork ribs, ½ rack of lamb ribs, regular wings and 3 jumbo sides

Well… It looks generous…. It tasted bland…. Everything pretty much tasted the same.  It was fatty and oily and didn’t really move my furniture.

I have to say, I was disappointed.

 
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