Good morning Melbourne (and the globe, to whoever is reading this elsewhere!)… Apologies on the lack of postings.. I’ve been so bogged down with work and everything else.. but I have RETURNED!!! (All hail!)
On the first weekend of June (4th-6th) and on that Sunday, the Boy had a surprise prepared for me…
Now, he had prepared me that Sunday would be a surprise.. so I spent that whole week guessing where he would take me for lunch/dinner (the last surprise was Embrasse)
So as we parked and were getting out of the car, he stopped me and said, “Aren’t you going to wear your heels?”… so this confirmed my suspicion that we would be dining at Crown… just where, that was going to be my surprise…
So I followed him to the Ticketek booth (which I now know, that he knew would be closed)… and he suggested that we try the booth at Southern Cross instead.. and I whined that I wasn’t going to walk that distance in my heels!
He said, “Don’t be silly, we’ll catch the tram”… so I grudgingly went along… and at the intersection (in front of Lucky Chan, we saw Neil Perry a.k.a. Steven Seagal at the window.. and I squealed!… maybe another round at Rockpool?)…
At the steps of the Melbourne Convention, I saw the big banners notifying me that I had been duped and that my surprise was the Good Food and Wine show!!! YAYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!
I was utterly and completely flabbergasted with his nonplussed facial expressions and leading me on to wear my heels (WHICH gave me a few blisters and we had to return to the car to change back to proper shoes… all the while, the Boy patting himself proudly on the head on a Surprise well done!)
Note: EVERYONE (whom I had related this story to) said that my blisters well worth it and nobody bothered about the pain =(… lols.. I just like to whinge…
With hundreds of booths relating to Food and Alcohol… I was in heaven!
Because it was lunchtime and the crowd hadn’t yet arrived, we headed straight to the celebrity restaurant (the only area for dining)… with Entrees costing $16; Mains costing $24, and Desserts costing $8… we actually started with mains, then dessert and then went back to entree’s.. but for the purpose of your reading pleasure.. this has been re-arranged =) Full menu at the bottom of this post
Shaun Bowles’s Taste of Victoria entree which consisteed of Sugar cured ocean trout with Yarra Valley salmon roe, Vitello Tonato-Poached Warragul veal with tuna mayonnaise and white anchovy and Red Hill goats cheese with brioche and baby pear
The Boy said the veal was alright, but I actually quite liked the goats cheese and I thought it went interestingly well with the baby pear… sweet and savoury at the same time…
This was quite nice (I stole some to try)… and although it was nice… there wasn’t anything special with this dish…
Ever since I saw Gary making Beef Wellington on masterchef and seeing the wonderful puff pastry bits and oozing meat inside… I’ve been jealous (because I don’t eat beef or any part of any cow… Yes, this includes veal)
But no longer! I loved this meat pie (that’s what it is in essence)… the meat was seasoned beautifully and the pastry was light and flaky…
We didn’t actually try this dish, so I can’t comment on the taste.. but it looks pretty!
This was indeed heaven on earth and I melted with every spoonful…
Overall, the food was excellent (the chef’s were around after all, when they weren’t doing their cooking shows or autograph sessions…)… although.. I didn’t see Shaun Bowles or Pete Evans… although I’m sure the former was lurking around somewhere being the Executive Chef to the venue…
More surprises to come (for me) in the next post!!
In case you’re wondering what the meals were… I’ve typed it out here for you (for those that have bothered scrolling all the way down =) This has disappeared from the Good Food Show website and all that remains is Perth’s menu.
Entree $16 Fennel and grapefruit salad
Main $ 24 Bastllia of lamb, olives and pine nuts
Dessert $8 Panna cotta with rhurbarb compote
Entree $16 Warm salad of squid with chickpeas and wild greens
Main $24 Braised chicken and celery fricassee
Dessert $ Chocolate and walnut tart, salty caramel sauce
Entree $16 Sweet corn soup with crab
Main $24 Chilli mussels on rice with Asian herbs
Dessert $8 Goat’s curd cheesecake with passion fruit sauce
Entree $16 Taste of Victoria –> refer to above pictures and description
Main $24 Braised short rib of beef with flat noodles and Chinese broccoli, Pecorino, cracked pepper and ricotta tortellini with salsa verde
Dessert $8 Apple, raspberry and calvadoes cobbler with vanilla ice-cream