Melbourne Round Up May 2015 Part 1

Melbourne Round Up - May 2015 - Part 1

I (Amanda) love a good long weekend in Melbourne!  It's always a great time catching up with my cool Melbournian friends, dining at all the hip restaurants and bars and soaking up that super crisp climate!  On this particular trip I left my dining itinerary to a lifelong friend of mine who resides in Melbourne and happens to have a similar love affair with food as me.  My mouth was watering a week before this trip knowing where I would be dining!

Here is the round up (Part 1) of the places I dined.  Three of the venues I was lucky enough to visit made it into The Australian Financial Review's (AFR) Top 100 Restaurant list for 2015 and I can honestly say that all three deserve this honour.

Supernormal  - 180 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Supernormal made number 24 of the AFR's Top 100 and on this particular Thursday night the place was buzzing!  It is a large space with a super long bar along one side with part of it peering into the open kitchen.  We are happily greeted at the door and told there will be a half an hour wait for a table.  No problems, more time for a pre-dinner cocktail!  We are escorted to the bar area where we wait with our delicious 'Umeshu Spritz' and 'Supernomal Smash' cocktails.

Kimchi, Cabbage & Radish
Pickled Vegetables
Pumpkin Seeds
In what seems like only 10 minutes, we are ushered to our dining table and are licking our lips while perusing the menu.  The menu is designed for sharing so we pick half a dozen dishes and before we know it they are hitting the table.  We start with the 'Kimchi, Cabbage & Radish' and 'Pickled Vegetables' and are provided with complimentary spiced Pumpkin Seeds.  Such great heat from the kimchi and tang from the pickled vegetables - I'm already in my element!

Cobia, Pickled Fennel, Yuzu & Chilli
New England Lobster Roll
Following this we devour the 'Cobia, Pickled Fennel, Yuzu & Chilli' and the 'New England Lobster Roll'.  The Cobia, a white flesh fish, was full of flavour and reminded me of kingfish.  The lobster roll was tasty but for the price ($16 per roll) I thought it was a little on the pricey side for what it was.

Duck Bao
We then start on the make your own 'Duck Bao with twice cooked Duck Leg, Vinegar & Plum Sauce'.  This was a fun dish, shredding the duck off the leg and putting the soft bao's together ourselves.
Szechuan Lamb
Szechuan Lamb (front left), Spring Onion Pancake (back), Sautéed Greens (right)
To finish our mains we had the 'Slow cooked Szechuan Lamb, Spring Onion Pancake and Coriander Paste' with 'Sauteed Greens in Black Bean Sauce'.  Yum!  This lamb was divine!  So tender and flavoursome.  Definitely order this dish if you go!

Spiced Pear & Ginger Beer Pudding
Peanut Butter Parfait, Salted Caramel & Soft Chocolate
To finish we indulged in the 'Peanut Butter Parfait, Salted Caramel & Soft Chocolate' and the 'Spiced Pear & Ginger Beer Pudding and Vanilla Cream' desserts to share.  OMG! Both desserts are large servings and absolutely delicious.  The peanut butter parfait was the best I've had.  Even though I was extremely full I force fed myself because there is no way I was going to leave anything behind!

Overall, I loved my dining experience at Supernormal.  Exciting atmosphere, delicious food and great service, apart from one waitress that took away our pickled vegetables and kimchi before we were finished!  A special mention to the waitress who selected our wine for the evening.  The 2013 Millton Pinor Noir was a standout wine from the weekend!

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Beatrix - 688 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

We head to my friends old neighbourhood for brunch on a Friday morning and walk into Beatrix, a tiny corner store with only a couple of tables in front of the counter and window display full of mouth watering freshly baked goodies.  There is a blackboard with three or so savoury options for breakfast and lunch and today I select the 'Beggbie'.

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Beggbie $15
The 'Beggbie' is a breakfast sandwich using a brioche bun filled with grilled bacon, a fried egg, roasted beetroot, roquette and apple aioli.  This is definitely the right way to start the day.  Yum! Gooey yolk, deliciously roasted beetroot, fresh bun and that apple aioli!  Why haven't I had apple aioli before?!  I need this in all my breakfast sandwiches.  I love the slightly sour but lovely sweetness the creamy aioli provides.

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Selection of cakes
You can't come to Beatrix and not eat cake, so after demolishing the Beggbie we order a cake each to share.  Picking four cakes was no easy feat with a display of about 16 cakes to choose from but we finally agree on the Cocoa Meringue Roulade, Rhubarb Custard Crumble, Moroccan Snickers Tart and the Jam Lamington.  I don't think you can select the wrong cake here.  They were all equally delicious in their own right.  All the cakes tasted freshly baked with that homemade loving touch.  Make sure you make time to visit this quaint little bakery shop and try as many cakes as you can possibly fit in because you will be dreaming about Beatrix for many nights afterwards!


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Mork Chocolate - 150 Errol St North Melbourne

Not far from Beatrix and still extremely full from all the deliciousness of Beatrix, we roll into Mork Chocolate for a post brunch treat.  

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Mork Chocolate Brewhouse Exterior
Mork (Swedish for 'dark') Chocolate provides many stockists with their exquisite chocolate but the gorgeous store we enter in North Melbourne is the first brewhouse for Mork.

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The Campfire Hot Chocolate
We are welcomed into the modern minimalistic interior and are easily convinced to try one of their signatures, the 'Campfire' hot chocolate.  Just as the title suggests the hot chocolate is presented with all the tools you may need if making a hot chocolate on a cold winter's night by the campfire!  All the elements are provided on a wooden board.  The glass is turned upside down and is filled with smoke. Beside this is a marshmallow on a stick, a sprinkling of black salt and a jug of the divine Mork chocolate, which looks like thick melted chocolate.

To prepare for drinking we are informed to turn the glass around the right way and fill with the chocolate in the jug while the smoke is escaping.  Once the glass is filled, add the black salt and stir in the marshmallow until it melts.  Wow so much fun but now for the real test!  Was there really ever any doubt?!  This hot chocolate is one of the best I've ever had.  Completely smooth, velvety with an amazing chocolate flavour.  I was surprised at how easy it was to drink.  I would have thought a chocolate drink the with high percentage of cacao involved would be sickly rich or too bitter but this was none of those things.  It was nothing short of perfection and definitely worth the quick stop here.


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