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OMG Osteria Francescana

Believe the hype.

It’s been over a year since our visit here but it’s one of the greatest meals I’ve ever had and so memorable that I had to post the pics.  We had the Greatest Hits menu which had no less than 11 dishes, not including the little entrees and the additional dessert and petit fours.

The first 4 pics below are of the little bite sized treats we started with and the beautiful bread.  After that it was dish after dish of perfection.  Super tasty, inventive, surprising, and beautiful.  Enjoy!

Tribute to Normandy

Lentils are better than caviar

‘Riso Levante’

Mediterranean sole (yes, there is some fish hidden under there)

Autumn in New York so beautifully presented and then when the broth was poured in, it was stunning.

Five ages of Parmigiano Reggiano in different textures and temperatures.  People say that the crunchy part of the lasagna is the greatest dish but I actually think this one is.  It was seriously out of this world amazing with the different types of cheese.

The crunchy part of the lasagna.  I know I said the dish above was my favourite but this was mind blowingly good.  Like unbelievably good.

At the dinner of Trimalchione: fowl in the ancient Roman style

Croccantino of foie gras I loved this one.  Bite sized, rich in foie gras and with balsamic vinegar running through it.

Caesar salad in bloom

Oops!  I dropped the lemon tart  Highly anticipated and did not dissappoint.  It was a piece of art to look at and to eat.

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L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer (Paris)

Since the first time visiting this bar (in 2014), it has become one of the favourites.  We’ve been here every time we visit Paris as it’s an easy, casual bar with fantastic food.  The guys who work here are never shy about recommending a good wine to go with the food, and believe you me, the wines are brilliant.  Here’s a couple of pics of the yum yum dishes.

Fried soft shell crab…

Lobster in a cream sauce (it’s really good!)…

Octopus on tiny baked potatoes….

Prawns wrapped in potato strings

Cured salmon wrapped in nori...

Cured tuna... which taste like bacon.  Must be the same curing technique.

Prawn gyoza...  super delicious…

Brae… interesting and challenging

Brae, Brae, Brae… what can I say?  It was interesting and somewhat challenging.  When the menu has ingredients that are listed out, you never know quite what to expect and that’s exactly how the meal went down.  There were dishes of brilliance, there were dishes that had me questioning my taste (and the restaurants) and there were some dishes that for me didn’t quite hit the mark.

Don’t get me wrong, the whole experience was great.   Everything was impeccable, service was great and dishes were very pretty.  Enjoy the happy snaps!

Cucumber and lemon myrtle, brook trout and nut butter crisp, rae pea and lemon aspen tart, midnight pure potato and smoked eel sandwich.

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Tomatoes and davidson plum in a chilled crustacean broth

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Prawn, nasturium, finger lime

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Iced oyster (yeah, this was an interesting surprise.  I loved it, partner hated it.  Neither of us are big oyster fans).

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Calamari and black lip abalone, brocolli and blue mackerel (my favourite dish of the night)

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Crayfish and burnt potatoes, sunflower, milk and mustard

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Eggplant and salt grass lamb washed with sweet onion juice, fragrant and acidic plants 

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Hapuka, cured pork and mustard greens, fish roe whipped with onion

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Berkshire pork and Otway shitake, fermented cabbage and black garlic

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Plum simmered with vanilla, sheep’s milk and Brae farm honey

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Parsnip and apple

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Rhubarb and pistachio, blood and preserved blackberry

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For more info and reviews, check out Zomato:

Brae Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

La Luna suckling pig lunch (aka Best Lunch Ever)

The Suckling Pig Banquet at La Luna is one of the best lunches I’ve ever had.  It was a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival event which consisted of multiple porky dishes and free flowing wine the whole afternoon.  We are definitely returning for this event next year, and I’m sure for multiple occasions throughout the year.

We started with bacon and onion bread with bacon butter.  The words bacon automatically mean awesome.IMG_6943

We were then served various types of house cured meats – salami, prosciutto, pancetta, lombardo, braun.  Every single one of them was amazing.  I was too busy eating to take too many pics – below is the prosciutto.IMG_6944

We then had the pork and fennel sausages with roasted garlic and potato aioli.IMG_6946

Ham, onion and sage croquettes with bacon mayonaise.  Again, bacon = awesomeness.IMG_6948

There was a dish of crispy pigs ears with sweet balsalmic chilli (back left of the pic below) followed by cottechino and spinach pie, chickpea labne.  Loved that we got such a diverse bunch of dishes.  You can also see the salami at the back right of the pic below.IMG_6949

Then Adrian came out with the suckling pigs for a quick round of introductions. IMG_6953

The little piggies were then whisked away and brought back to us ready to be eaten!   Zomg, it was so amazing,  the pork was succulent and tender, with an amazing sauce and pickled wombok at the bottom.   We were presented with every part of the piggy, including the head (and yes, I did try to eat it).  There were also roasted potatoes and greens (with bacon) on the side.  IMG_6959

Dessert was modest and classic affair, and absolutely perfect.  The tiramisu was light and powerful, a great way to end a great lunch.IMG_6962

I can’t go on about this lunch enough.  Loved loved loved loved it, and will definitely book in for next year!

For more info and reviews:
La Luna Bistro Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tipo 00 a.k.a. 2015 Obsession

I have a Tipo 00 problem.   It was the restaurant that I frequented the most in 2015.  I’m pretty sure I was there at least 2x a month from about July onwards.  Good news:  I got to try almost everything from their delicious menu.  Bad news:  the wallet is lighter, the waist is wider and I ignored a lot of other new places.

This is my homage to Tipo 00, the love of my 2015.

Entrees:  from the moment the yummy focaccia comes out at the start of the meal,  you’re hooked.  It’s amazing with salt, olive oil and cheese.  My personal favourite of all the entrees is the arancini with mushrooms.

 

Goes without saying, the pasta is amazing.   The most famous of them all is the “Tagliolini al nero – squid ink tagliolini, squid & bottarga” but my favourite is the “Gnocchi di patate – braised duck, porcini mushroom & pecorino” in it’s pillowy perfection.

 

For desserts, again, all very very good.  But amazing is the “Tipomisù – chocolate, coffee & mascarpone“.   Can’t go past the amazing dark chocolate cake with the super rich coffee chocolate sauce.

 

I’ve actually had to impose a ban on myself from going to Tipo too much this year.  And after posting these pictures, I’m questioning my decision.   I seriously can’t articulate how much I love this place.

For more info and reviews:
Tipo 00 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Estelle by Scott Pickett

For my birthday, hubby took me to Estelle by Scott Pickett (aka ESP). I loved the old Estelle, and wasn’t sure about what to expect at ESP.   First up, the interior has definitely been upgraded – it’s dark and super modern in there, with normal table seating at the front and bar seats facing the kitchen towards the back.   Service was efficient, but perhaps a bit cold.  The food, was just as good as I remembered the old Estelle to be.

Highlights for me were the Moreton Bay Bug, Iberico Jamon & Melon and the Wagyu Beef, Beetroot, & Artichoke.  My husband, upon tasting the Kangaroo, Egg Yolk, Saltbush dish, exclaimed that it’s the best kangaroo dish he’s ever had.   The degustation is well planned and the extras (the beef and souffle) are worth it.

Without further ado, here was what we ate… (and check out the amazing dinnerware and plating!)

Smoked Wallaby & Black RiceIMG_6888

Cod Roe, Ink, Bottarga, and Spiced Avocado, Salt & Vinegar PotatoIMG_6887

Bacon BreadIMG_6889

Kangaroo, Egg Yolk, SaltbushIMG_6890

Kingfish, Cucumber, RadishIMG_6893

Moreton Bay Bug, Iberico Jamon & MelonIMG_6895

Great Ocean Road Duck, Beetroot, CherriesIMG_6896

Wagyu Beef, Beetroot, & ArtichokeIMG_6899

Beefsteak Tomatoes, & Woodside Goats CurdIMG_6901

Black Fig, Olive Oil & BasilIMG_6903

Coconut, Strawberry & ChocolateIMG_6904

Banana, Toffee Souffle with Salted Caramel Ice CreamIMG_6905

Passionfruit, Lemon Verbena SherbetIMG_6908

For more info and reviews:
ESP - Estelle by Scott Pickett Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lazy Saturday lunch at Supernormal

There’s something so delightful about having a leisurely long lunch whilst sitting at the restaurant counter watching the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.  And that’s exactly what the husband and I did a few Saturdays ago before heading to the NGV for the Andy Warhol – Ai Wei Wei exhibition.

I must confess that the more I visit Supernormal, the more I like it.  There’s something to be said about being able to consistently execute on perfectly cooked food.   Highlights of the lunch (besides having all the time in the world to enjoy an amazing lunch):  the baby corn rocked my socks – super tasty,  pan fried spicy beef bun: moist spicy beef in a flaky bun, baked meringue:  an amazing dessert, subtle but hits all the right notes and textures.

Kingfish, dashi, celery & fresh horseradishIMG_6831

Baby corn with miso butter IMG_6833

Tonkatsu (crumbed pork) sandwichIMG_6834

Pan friend spicy beef bunIMG_6835

Prawn & chicken dumpling, chilli and vinegar sauceIMG_6837

Baked meringue, jasmine, lychee and raspberryIMG_6838

For more info and reviews:
Supernormal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato