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Cooty loves Italian food. Old school Italian, that is.
So the plan for this evening is to head to Lygon Street to see if we can find somewhere ‘old school’ enough.
However, after a very long day traipsing around the city and a matinee performance of ‘Love Never Dies’, Cooty decides that she would rather stay in with a pizza and a crossword.
So what are Buggles and Squeak to do? We want to go out to dinner, but we haven’t booked anywhere!!!
As we are staying in Carlton, we realise we are not too far away from Embrasse. So, pizza delivered we hit the road & make our way to Drummond Street.
It is a Saturday night, so we aren’t optimistic (in fact I rarely am, such is my lot in life).
We arrive at around 6.30pm to a restaurant with only one table occupied. Is it just too early, or by some strange miracle, are we in luck?
We ask the maitre’d if by chance they have a table for two available; unfortunately not……unless of course, we would be interested in a private table they have out back, one that sits between the kitchen and dessert station…..the CHEF’S TABLE!!!
We jump at the chance to dine at this table that easily seats 6, but tonight just the two of us.
Let me just say right off the bat, we are immediately so impressed with the service and our wonderful, charming maitre’d, that we already know we are in for a spectacular evening.
We order a bottle of Stefano Lubiana Sauvignon Blanc and wait for the magic to unfold.
Following on from the this we have......
Bendigo Corn feed chicken cooked on the bone-finished tandoor style, roasted egg, oyster emulsion, pea and sea lettuces.
This is without doubt the most flavoursome piece of beef I have eaten in recent memory. It is pull apart tender with a charred fatty exterior, it is so good, words fail me. The black burnt carrot is a very nice surprise and the dish as a whole is perfect.
Aligot a Provincial cheesy mash potato from the South of France is possibly cheesier & more delicious than the last time we had it. Works beautifully with the beef and the double potato serve for Buggles doesn't seem to be a problem! Probably because it is more cheese than potato!
Coconut mousse, frangipane, passion fruit, corn, orange blossom