Tag Archives: Desserts

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

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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.

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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

Lûme

For my birthday, my wonderful husband surprised me with dinner at Lûme!   It’s been on my to eat list for a few months since opening with the big bang of “we’re going to be in the top 50 restaurants in the world” (paraphrased but you get the gist).  We went the day before the announcement about the change in ownership, with 2 of the 3 originals leaving to go overseas.  Not sure what this means for Lume, but none the less, here’s my review of the place.

Some things to note:

  • Amazing interior.  From the outside, you wouldn’t know that there was this beautiful restaurant with a open courtyard out the back hidden in the back.
  • Have faith:  you get very little info about what you’re eating and sometimes it gets a bit scary but in the end it all works out.
  • Matching wine = 1 bottle.  That’s a lot of wine.  We were there on a school night so I could not partake.  We did try the non-alcoholic match which was different (in a good way) and complimented the food nicely.

So without further ado, here’s what we ate…

Breakfast eel on burnt barley crumpetIMG_6692

Red summer fruit, dashi and citrusIMG_6693

Raw asparagus and calamari entrails warmed with saltbush butter – surprisingly the best dish of the night.IMG_6695

Emu tart with warm jersey milk and white geraniumIMG_6699

Pearl on the ocean floorIMG_6701

Flinders island lamb perfumed with cherry wood, rhubarb, hibiscus and roseIMG_6704

Red beet baked in La Sirene Praline, raw cocao vinegarIMG_6706

Sea corn and pork fatIMG_6708

Barbecue ice with raw yabby tail, shitake and lemon aspenIMG_6710

Dry aged duck dressed with sour mulberries and elderflower vinegar – stunningIMG_6717

Cauliflower cheese with a pastry smoked over pear woodIMG_6718

Lambs blood ganache rolled in maple oats, native apple jam and riberry pepperIMG_6721

Blackberries, blueberries and sour goat’s milkIMG_6722

Jarusalem artichoke, La Sirene Praline, caramelised apple and chamomileIMG_6724

Cacao pod from Maralumi with notes of tobacco, green banana and currants – the picture doesn’t do this justice.  It’s a very generous serve of chocolate delights.IMG_6729

 

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

Dinner by Heston

Dinner by Heston exceeded all my expectations and has ended up being one of the best dining experiences I’ve had in Melbourne. Everything was perfect.    The atmosphere of the restaurant is unpretentious and casual, the service was attentive and prompt and the food was amazing.   I would highly recommend going to Dinner by Heston, so much so that I’m re-visiting in March!

Great thing about the menu is that it’s a la carte, so you can pick the courses you want.  I was here with a party of 5, so we had a chance to see most of the dishes that were on the menu.   Impressively, all the entrees and mains were winners.

Food highlights: Meat Fruit (classic) , Rice & Flesh (super tasty), Mash Potato (as good as Joel Rubechon), Powdered Duck Breast (amazing – I can’t begin to imagine how they cooked it so well) and Tipsy Cake (watching that pineapple slow roast speaks volumes for how amazing this tastes).

Maybe give a miss: Fries (nothing out of the ordinary), Spring Tart (was nice, but compared to other desserts a bit dull).

Enjoy the pictures!

Meat Fruit – Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & grilled breadIMG_6665

Rice & Flesh -Saffron, curried kangaroo tail, red wine & amaranthIMG_6668

My love affair with Burch and Purchese

I’ve been having a love affair with Burch and Purchese ever since they opened back in 2012 and my brother in law brought home their Xmas edition Christmas cake.  After that, I was hooked.  I’d sneak out to B&P at least once a fortnight to indulge in their sweets.  Here are some of my favourites through the years…

I love the little desserts, where you can get the perfect portion…  All the fantastic flavours and textures…
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Love love love the in store displays…  from the whimsical Easter Eggs to the Alice in Wonderland display, all made from chocolate!

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Oh and the cakes!  My oh my…. I’m so enamoured by the cakes that the first thing I did when organising my wedding was to go to B&P and order a cake!   I love the layers and perfect combinations of sweet, savoury, salty, soft, mousey, crunchy, cakey.

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Without a doubt, this is my love letter to Burch and Purchese.  You complete me.

For more info:
Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio on Urbanspoon

Remarkable dishes at Sepia

Was in Sydney for a weekend trip to celebrate a friends birthday and the celebration dinner was held at Sepia.  Quite a prestigious little place, restaurant of the year and three hats.  Had the degustation with matching wine, and in hindsight, each dish was amazingly complex.  And the degustation was very well harmonised and built up with each course.

The dinner started with a delicate little dish: “udon, smoked roe, tomato“.

Udon, smoked roe, tomato

Sashimi Yellow Fin tuna, Jamon Iberico, apple, daikon, white sesame cucumber and sake, wasabi” was texturally interesting.

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Winning dish of the night:  “sashimi of bonito, flavours of roasted chicken, umeboshi, upland cress, green tea, nori“.  Maybe dish of the year.  The sashimi is topped by crispy chicken skin, and the cream at the centre of the plate taste like the best roast chicken in the world.

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Yabby, seaweed puree, ginger, shellfish and blood orange emulsion, sorrel“:  Sweet yabby in a thick emulsion… crazy textures, with a complex taste.

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Glazed smoked fresh water eel, sushi rice, shiitake mushroom, garlic emulsion, green apple, pickled aka seaweed“:  taste like an upmarket version of eel sushi!

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Chargrilled wagyu rump, sea urchin and wasabi butter, garlic chive mustard leaves, ponzu“:  this was amazing.  Salty tasty butter with a beautiful piece of meat.

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Sansho seared Mandagery Creek venison, beetroot butter, horseradish chestnut mushroom“:  Pretty as a picture, and great tasting.

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Palate cleanser:  “Meyer lemon butter, ginger bread crumb, sheep yoghurt sorbet, fennel, olive“.

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Gorgeous “strawberry and yuzu bomb” dessert – was like a surprise with each bite.

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“Winter chocolate forest” Soft chocolate, hazelnut and almond, orange and thyme cream, sour cherry sorbet cocoa brandy jellies, green tea, licorice, chocolate twigs:  Complicated and yummy dessert.

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Food was beautiful, service was good (but could be better) although perhaps looking after such a big party is challenging.   We had a group of 14, and dinner took about 6 hours.  Service was good, but there were a few hiccups.  For example, were were given bread between the third and fourth course (which had a significant wait).

Would I recommend Sepia?  Yes, not only was the food excellent, there were some really clever elements to it (fish and roast chicken!).  I look back at the experience and think that there were so many dimensions (lenses!) to each dish – texture, taste, colour, smell.  Quite remarkable.

For more info and reviews:
Sepia on Urbanspoon

Deliciously hot and fiery food at Spice Temple

I love spicy Chinese food and Spice Temple delivers on many different levels of it.  The restaurant decor is very modern has a certain sexiness to it, and the food is wonderfully exciting and made from great fresh ingredients.  Was here as for a reunion dinner with 2 of my favorite ex-workmates and it was a blast – spicy food and lots of wine!

We started with “fried salt and pepper silken tofu with chilli“.  The tofu was delicately fried on the outside and silky on the inside, and served with a fresh chilli sauce.

Fried salt and pepper silken tofu with chilli

The “fish fragrant eggplant” was absolutely delicious.  Eggplant that had been fried so it’s crispy and then coated with a powerful tangy spicy sauce.

Fish fragrant eggplant

The “king prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing” had chunks of prawn meat in the wonton and the was swimming in spicy sauce.  Loved it!

King Prawn wontons with aged black vinegar dressing

The “stir fried sea scallops with handmade egg noodles and chilli paste” was a lovely dish that had sweet scallops thrown into wonderfully thick and tasty noodles.  No surprises here – the dish taste exactly as the description.

Stir fried sea scallops with handmade egg noodles and chilli paste

The “steamed snapper with salted chilli and black bean” was the dish that the waitress recommended to us and it was a good choice as the fish was fresh and tasted wonderful with the chilli and black bean.

Steamed Snapper with salted chilli and black bean

Given we were having such a great time and the food was superb, we decided to have dessert!  The “caramel chocolate and peanut parfait” was a rich and delicious.

Caramel chocolate and peanut parfait

And I love a good mango pudding so the “mango pudding with condensed milk chantillyhad to be ordered!  It was creamy and delicious.

Mango pudding with condensed milk chantilly

Upmarket Chinese food that delivers a punch – I think it’s a difficult feat to accomplish and Spice Temple does it wonderfully.  The food does not hold back on flavour and chilli.  Coupled with great atmosphere, location and service, it’s a winner for me.

For more info and reviews:
Spice Temple on Urbanspoon