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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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Great modern French fare at Noir

Believe the hype, Noir is as good as they say it is.  The food was absolutely flawless.   The restaurant is cozy and comfortable, nestled in the midst of Swan St in Richmond.  The food is modern French, and flavours, textures, combinations of dishes is fantastic.  The presentation of food is gorgeous, as can be seen from the pics below.

Started with “crisp belly of pork, peas and prawns” which came sitting on top of a creamy rich garlic puree. Pork and prawn is a winning combo, enough said.

The other entree we had was the “salmon cured in Hendrick’s gin” which came with a gin granata, shaved cucumber and dill dressing.  Cool and refreshing on a warms summer day.

My main was the “crisp breast and confit leg of duck with kohlrabi, cherry and almonds“.  I wiped my plate clean.   The duck was cooked medium rare, just the way I like it.  The sauce was rich and delicious.  The kohlrabi was sweet and a perfect accompaniment.

My partner had the “eye fillet and braised shin of Black Angus” which came divided by a potato gratin with 3 onion rings sitting on top of it.  I stole a few bites, and gotta say, if my duck was not so darn good, I would have had the biggest case of food envy ever.  Perfect melt in your mouth eye fillet and tasty braised shin…. drool!

First dessert was the “raspberry soufflé with white chocolate ice cream on macadamias“.  Souffle was tart, and light and fluffy.  Greatly complimented by the white chocolate ice cream.

The “pot au chocolat” was fantastic!  It had Milo and crackle and malt foam and a chocolate biscuit wafer… all up, a tasty delight!

Have to say, we’ve had some great new restaurants pop up in Melbourne in the last 12 months and this is may be my favourite. I adore French food so this instantly has an advantage to win my affections.  Couple that with a great menu, perfectly executed food and solid wine to accompany the food and I’m pretty much in love.  Can’t wait to go back!

For more info:
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Momofuku Noodle Bar


First stop in New York was the original Momofuku Noodle Bar.   After the hype, the raves, the David Chang Melbourne debacle (most will remember it as momofukurage) it was the number one eatery on the list.

We had already had lunch, it was mid afternoon, so we popped in for a mid afternoon snack.   The pork buns with hoisin, scallion, cucumber were fantastic.  The pork was moist and tender, and the buns were the perfect consistency.

The “momofuku ramen – pork belly, pork shoulder, poached egg” did not disappoint.  The soup was a outstanding with smoky stock flavour and it had two different types of pork – a slice of belly and shredded pork shoulder.  Note: I don’t eat eggs hence it’s missing from the picture below.

 

Last item we had was a potato side dish.   I don’t exactly remember what was in it but it was super delicious and tasty!   The potatoes had been roasted till it was crunchy on the outside and it was topped with a whole lot of tasty ingredients.

Considering the hype, and that it was a fair hike (from where I was staying midtown), it was totally worth it and did not disappoint!   Highly recommended, and if I had more time in NYC, I would have been back for more!

For more info and reviews:

Momofuku Noodle Bar on Urbanspoon

Golden Fields and the infamous Lobster Roll…

Golden Fields was delightful.  Sunshine was streaming through the windows, into the minimalist and open restaurant when I was there for lunch (which btw, you can book for!).

Started with the infamous “New England lobster roll, hot buttered bun, cold poached crayfish, watercress and Kewpie” which was everything that was promised.  It was light, tasty and perfectly balanced.  My only criticism is that it was tiny, and costly!  I could have easily had 2 more of these puppies.

Next up we had “Pork belly in white bread bun” which was delicious!  Tasty braised pork belly in soft fluffy white bread… mmmm!

Crispy skin duck, steamed bread, and plum sauce” was delicious – the duck was crispy and salty, and there’s nothing like constructing your own sandwich of duck meat, hop sin and cucumber.  The steamed bread was not as well done as it could be, there was just something a bit off about them in appearance, but when in my mouth, it tasted awesome!

Dessert was “Peanut butter parfait, salted caramel and soft chocolate” and this tiny packet packed a punch!  Salty peanut butter with sweet caramel and chocolate – divine!

Lunch was great, with the crowds being less evasive then the evening sessions and the food being delicious.  The only thing I wished for was more food!  Definitely going back to have more lobster rolls, and to try other things on the menu!

For more info and reviews on Golden Fields:
Golden Fields on Urbanspoon

Pork belly sandwich @ Earl Canteen

I just wanted to share this photo with you all… if I could eat this picture, I would.  Succulent pork belly with crispy salty skin stuffed into a baguette with an apple and fennel salad.  Yum!

Earl Canteen really can’t do any wrong… the lunch box with sandwich, salad and dessert is a bargain at $13.50.  Here are some of the other yum yum yummy sandwiches available:

12 hour slow cooked lamb with carrots in a baguette.  Was delicious!

Confit duck in a ciabatta.  Not as awesome as the two sandwiches on top, but tasty enough.

For other reviews and info on Earl Canteen:
EARL Canteen on Urbanspoon