We ate dinner in the Florentine Room each night. We chose a table of eight because we thought it would be a good way to meet people. On our first night there were 10 people at the table but two ladies said they would be moving after that night because they were part of a larger group that were split. They had made arrangements to sit closer to them. I was glad we would have a bit more room because it was quite squishy.
Entree – Spring rolls with plum sauce
Entree – the strangest entree we had was this salad which was just a quarter of an iceberg lettuce, shredded carrot and parsley. The combination didn’t work for me. I at least expected the lettuce to be shredded.
Main meal – Prawn parcel with lobster sauce. I loved this. There was so much flavour in the sauce especially.
Dessert – Flourless chocolate cake with cream and raspberry sauce. Very light and tasty.
Sunset through the (dirty) window. Still spectacular to watch. After I took this photo I noticed a few others taking the same photo.
Today was yum cha day again, our first for the year. This time we visited a Chinese restaurant in the south east suburbs, Fountain Gate. We have been here before but a long time ago so thought we would revisit it. They seem to have a big emphasis on pork dishes here. We have noticed over the years that yum cha restaurants tend to have a main meat or seafood ingredient. Service was pretty good although after a few times of not taking anything from the trolleys, one lady just walked straight past us without offering us a dish. They offered us a lot at the start so needed a break to get through what we had chosen. All the dishes were really nice although the spring rolls had a lot of mushrooms so I didn’t eat those.
Ambrosia Restaurant in Berwick in south-east Melbourne is a favourite and go-to restaurant when we’re not sure where we want to eat. It’s mostly only known to locals (which I’m not) but a friend introduced me to it years ago and we’ve been going ever since. I won a magnum of sparkling wine there one year. Their food is excellent and so is the service.
This time I decided to order an entree-sized main meal so I could have dessert. I made my decision as soon as I saw the Affogato on the dessert menu.
Lemon pepper & sea salt calamari with lemon aioli. The lemon aioli was especially delicious.
My friend order the Eye fillet steak on mash potato with potato croquettes and mushroom sauce
In November I went to Melba’s Restaurant for the first time in a long time. They offer an upmarket buffet overlooking Melbourne’s skyline. There are so many different stations it’s hard to eat from all of them (but many give it a try). Among them are: Sushi and Seafood, Indian, Asian, Italian, Carvery, Salads, a chocolate fountain and of course the Dessert station.
I enjoyed everything I tried, especially the Naan bread that was made by the chef while you wait. I chose the one with garlic, potato and spiced lamb. It was delicious. I was too full to try the chocolate (I can’t believe I’m saying that now lol).
The restaurant is very elegant and refined. The staff very friendly and courteous and it made the dinner so much more enjoyable.
November is Good Food Month in Melbourne and this is the 2nd time the Night Noodle Market has been run. It’s one of the feature events on the calendar. Held at Birrarung Marr, on the banks of the Yarra River, there are around 50 stalls run by well-known restaurants. You can wait an hour or more to get a table at some of these restaurants so just being able to walk up to a stall and try a few sample dishes is great. We got there quite late so some of the restaurants had sold out.
We only had a chance to buy one meal so we chose the dumpling from Let’s Do Yum Cha. I introduced my Mum to the pork bun. They are an acquired taste but I have grown to like them.
Fedeles is a great Italian restaurant near where work in Melbourne. It has been around forever. Everyone remembers it from a long time ago but no one remembers when it opened. We were there for a work dinner. We were offered a limited three-course meal.
The Antipasto entrée contain an oyster, prosciutto, goats cheese, salmon and frittata amongst other delicious bite-sized pieces.
The salmon was advertised a grilled fish of the day. The menu didn’t even mention that the fish was salmon and I didn’t ask what it was. I was so happy when it arrived and it was salmon.
The Christmas Pudding was absolutely delicious and so was the custard. I’m going to keep the presentation in mind for Christmas lunch this year. Adding the strawberries and blueberries added a nice, different touch.
Shenanigans is an Irish bar in Darwin. It’s a very popular bar in a very popular street in Darwin. When we booked we were asked if we wanted a table indoors or out. It was a very hot day so we thought it would be nice to sit outside. The waitress said we could sit outside because it was getting cold so the locals were starting to sit inside. We laughed because the temperature was still in the mid 20’s all through the night.
Baked salmon with garlic butter and vegies. This is what I ate. The parmesan-crumbed salmon was perfectly cooked.