Carole and I finally got to try Adrian Richardson’s amazing restaurant week or so back. Without any question, the friends we dined with and us had one of the most memorable dinners we can remember having in a long, long time.
Yes, there is little doubt that Adrian’s menu is about the joy of meat, but it is far more than that. People may be tempted to equate it to dear old Vlado’s, but it is more complete than the latter.
The menu is extensive and has a selection that will suit everybody - and you can rest assured you will certainly not leave hungry.
The wine list is extensive and of excellent quality. I even saw Pimms as an aperitif, something I have not seen on a wine list for a long time. So, I enjoyed one – but one could hardly call it a traditional Pimm’s. It certainly contained the necessary ingredients, but it was also heavily based on a fruit salad with wonderfully fresh fruit suspended in the delicious liquor.
Let me tell you a little of my dinner. I can tell you that the rest of them all enjoyed theirs, especially Carole who commented that the pork she had as her main meal was the best she had ever eaten anywhere. Her desert of Pavlova was sent to far exceed those of her mother’s creations, which is no small feat.
I requested the prawns in a chilli and garlic sauce for my entree. They were eight very big king prawns presented all of which were cooked to perfection in a wonderful butter, chilli and garlic sauce. A delight to consume.
For main course, I chose a Filet Mignon, 200gm, buttered beans & pepperonata - rare, of course - quite simply put – sensational - never bettered anyway including Vlado’s. I also requested mushrooms, garlic butter & parsley as a side dish. Again, never bettered anywhere.
Sadly, I could not contemplate dessert - Adrian had bettered me. However, our friends enjoyed Adrian's Mezze Plate selection of delicious desserts (to share for two or more). I was irritated with myself for not being able to take part in this gastronomic delight. However, I am going to make sure I get my turn when we return for Carole’s birthday. ( I booked a reservation that night as reservations can be tight, particularly at the weekend, such is the popularity of this marvellous Bistro).
The Bill? Not expensive when you consider the quality of the dining experience and the love and attention that goes into the meal!
In summary, it was a great night out, superb food, looked after by excellent waiting staff, all of whom make sure you are completely comfortable all night.
We do encourage you to go and experience a wonderful Melbourne Bistro - any visit to Melbourne will be incomplete without a visit to La Luna
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