The last time I had dinner with my accountant (yes, this is Adriane, not Ed) we chose to eat at the pork-driven Josie Bones. The Jew and the fish-eating vegetarian, and we had a great night. This time we’ve picked Union Dining, one of the hot new names on everyone’s lips. Firstly, if you’re trying to find it, look for the BP station at the far end of Swan St, it’s next door. Parking can be a challenge, and by the time I arrived I was feeling slightly frazzled, but as soon as I set foot inside all was forgiven. The entrance was softly lit, the music calming, and someone came immediately to take me to our table. The restaurant has the feel of a country pub recently renovated with the usual wooden tables and bentwood chairs, although combined with the tiled walls and floors it makes the noise levels pretty high. Two prawns an hour We started with the prawn entrée, spilt open and grilled with roasted garlic and saffron. There were two to a serve, and they looked great. Ours were over-grilled making them a bit dry but they were still delicious. The accountant continued with the quail, resting on soft white polenta with pine mushrooms and seemed happy. Then we waited. And waited. Well into my second glass of wine, and having eaten one prawn so far, our mains arrived an hour and a half after we first sat down, a good hour between courses. Luckily there was plenty of di Chirico bread to keep me from falling over. Still no sign of the mains I chose the Basquaise fish soup, with roast garlic and fennel aioli. It was tasty, a rustic, thick and tomato based soup although a half-serve was enough for me. The accountant chose the Harpuka on wilted greens, with mushrooms and baby leeks. The fish was moist and tender with a crispy skin and, although the presentation was a little lacklustre, he was happy with it. We shared a salad of braised baby artichokes, beetroot, pearl barley and whipped feta. I felt there was a bit of a mismatch with the artichokes which had a strong floral taste, with the earthiness of the beetroot and barley. I later found out they had used oranges when cooking the artichokes rather than the usual lemon, which may explain the floral taste. It doesn’t work for… Read more »
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- Truffle dinner number 2You asked for it – seems like I better give it I guess. We’ve pressed Scott Pickett into service on another of his nights off to cook more truffles for us on the 15th July. What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched wines and giveaways.When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start Tuesday 15th JulyWhere: Estelle 243 High […]
- Truffle Dinner: MenuChef Scott Pickett has put his fingers to the keyboard and has sent me through the menu, We have a few tickets left, so if you’ve already booked, let your friends know. (And if you haven’t booked – get a wriggle on, this will sell out!) What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched […]
- Madame Estelle’s Fringe (yes – TRUFFLE TIME!)Fringe Food is four truffle season old. Can you believe it? This year sees us back collaborating with Madame Truffles and we’ll be returning to Estelle in Northcote, home of one of my personal favourite truffle dinners so far. We’d better outdo that one I guess! What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched […]
- Lunch at Movida Aqui – Seaweed SalonI’ve just been sent the menu for our Seaweed Salon on 3 May and I have to say that it looks like a stand out. And we’ve confirmed that it can be adjusted to pescatarian friendly (we will substitute the beef course) What: Lunch featuring seaweed and sea plants, matched wines and education. When: 12:30pm […]