We booked this in advance of a short holiday in Melbourne, excited by the menu and the cachet of the chef. The meal was lovely, the room and decor quite French bistro with caned chairs, wine bottles and floral touches.
Having several excellent meals in quick succession means one has fewer courses, so we opted for a main and dessert.
I had the slow cooked secondary cut of wagyu. Cooked sous vide at a constant low temperature for about 9 hours, it was still pink and so, so tender. It was bolar blade I believe, like you have never had it. Highly recommended.
Partner had Pork belly, loin, black pudding, Calvados sauce and was disappointed that the pork belly skin was soft and the fat un-rendered, where he had expected crisp crackle. He left that bit and enjoyed the rest, but I would also expect a crisp crackle on pork belly. Flaccid skin is not so enjoyable nor so much a contrast with the melting flesh. Surprisingly, he really enjoyed the black pudding which would not normally appeal.
We accompanied this with petit pois which were amazing and loaded with butter. The entire meal oozed richness...maybe too much.
Dessert was chocolate souffle and creme brulee. I am interested in souffles these days. Flour seems to be omitted and the dessert is more like a meringue cooked in a copper pot and the texture and taste is different from what I learned as a girl many years ago. Had I parted my souffles with a knife and poured in a warm sauce, all would have collapsed. These days it stands tall and the taste is far more meringue. I couldn't finish this. Too sweet and too textureless.
Partner enjoyed the traditional creme brulee, nice and thin in its terracotta pot with a decent layer of caramelised sugar. Not exceptional but good but with much heartburn later.
While the wine list had many interesting wines, the prices were astronomical, at least 3x bottle shop prices. It galls me to find wine lists starting at $60 or thereabouts for wines I can easily find in bottle shops at $20, like Cape Mentelle, sold at $60, or a Gigondas at $46 in a bottle shop for $120. Fair enough if they have sought out unusual wines, and many are, but not for the normal ones. And quite frankly, people would be happier to spend on the food if they knew there was wine available at a reasonable mark-up.
We did not eat excessively this night but we did have a disturbed night. Even two courses were too rich.
Verdict: Stunning cooking for the most part, watch the richness factor if you are likely to be affected. Wine prices start high and go to astronomical. Bottled water is also expensive (more than we paid in a three Michelin star in Paris) Go for chilled and free tap water.
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