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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

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Revisiting La Luna Bistro… Yay!

After my first visit to La Luna, I’d been raving about it to my boyfriend, so I had to take him there.  Booked in a surprise dinner for him on a Saturday night.  The restaurant was really busy but that didn’t compromise the service or quality of food.  We were seated upstairs in a nice little room next to another room where there was a very lively party.

Started the dinner with a lovely “tasting plate, selection of all our small goods“.  It was fabulous, and pretty as a picture.   There was a generous assortment of meats, pickled vegetables, olives and crispy bread.

Tasting plate, selection of all our small goodsI had the “chicken, mushroom & leek, suet pastry pie, carrot & swede mash” – I am such a sucker for pie, if it’s on a menu, I will order it.   The pie was delicious, the extra gravy on the plate helps!

Chicken, mushroom & leek, suet pastry pie, carrot & swede mash

The boyfriend had a “Porterhouse 300gms, buttered beans” – which was perfectly cooked and for some reason, felt like more than 300gms.

Porterhouse 300GMS, Buttered beans

And we had two sides to share: “house fries” and “broccoli, almonds, proscuitto, Manchego“.  Fries were good, but the broccoli was amazing!  The broccoli was cooked perfectly (soft but still with a crunch) and the almonds etc tasted amazing with it!

house fries and broccoli, almonds, proscuitto, ManchegoSecond visit to La Luna, and still just as impressed as the first time.  The food is fantastic, the service is great, and the restaurant is so lovely (almost quaint).  Definitely going back the next chance I get!

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La Luna… wow!

Had dinner at La Luna last weekend and was so impressed, that I had to blog about it straight away!  I loved the location of the restaurant, in a lovely quiet corner of Carlton.  We had a nice little table by the window and at one point the chef Adrian Richardson even stopped by to check on the air conditioning!  The service was consistent and great throughout the evening.  The food was fantastic!

Started with two entrees between 3 of us.  First up we had one of the specials of the bistro: garlic prawns.   They were super tasty, super garlicky and so good that all the sauce was mopped up by extra bread.

The 2nd entree was from the normal menu:  bacon and onion croquettes, with a bacon jam mayo.  Gotta say, they were tasty.  And interesting – I’ve never had bacon and onion croquettes.   I liked it, anything with bacon is a winner.

For my main, I had the beef and bacon pie, covered with suet pastry and atop mushy peas and gravy.  Wow, this pie was amazing!  The pastry was beautiful – soft and crusty.  The meat filling inside was moist and tender.  The gravy – holy moly!  It had meaty depth.  I’m drooling just thinking about it.

My two friends had specials for their mains.   One had a lamb shank slow cooked garlic and white wine.  I tried a bit and the meat was beautifully cooked – delicate in flavour.   My other friend had the fish of the day, which was a pan fried hapuka fillet with a cauliflower salad.  The dish was tasty and the fish cooked to perfection.

For dessert, we shared a dessert platter for two.  It was more than enough for 3 girls!  From the top left to bottom right, we had a creme brûlée, lemon meringue, home made ice cream, chocolate fudge cake, chocolate mousse and berry gelati.   All of these items were perfectly delicious.

I absolutely loved dining here.  The food was amazingly good.  The service was very good.  The atmosphere of the restaurant was busy but comfortable and the location is lovely.  Can’t wait to go back for more!

For more info:

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