Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I was lucky enough to have a full-on, blow-out 10-course degustation dinner at Vue De Monde on Saturday night. It was a totally amazing experience, and I'll be blogging it just as soon as I sort through the gazillion photos! In the meantime, I'd love to share with you a meal I enjoyed at another of Shannon Bennett's restaurants last fortnight - a lovely little celebratory dinner at Cafe Vue at 401.
Cafe Vue at 401
401 St Kilda Rd
Melbourne VIC 3004
For our celebratory family dinner, we wanted to go somewhere special but low-key. Cafe Vue at 401 fit the bill perfectly! (I have previously visited for lunch, and for dinner). They still do a $55 for 3-courses deal, but you are now restricted to a set menu of the day, rather than being able to choose anything from the menu. The à la carte menu still represents good value, however, with most mains generously portioned and in the $30-$40 range.
We had a round of drinks to start: 2 cocktails (yay!) and a beer.
La Paloma - Tequila, sparkling grapefruit, lime - $14
Un Paysan - Elderflower liqueur, lemon, mint, Chandon sparkling wine - $16
But onto the good points: the food! The bread was made in-house, refilled regularly, and delicious.
|Bread, round 1|
|Cute butter and salt & pepper plate|
|Bread, round 2|
Mum ordered the pan-fried blue eye cod, which came with a super-creamy and buttery pommes mousseline. She absolutely loved this dish, with its fresh, tender fish and sharp sauce.
|Pan fried blue-eye cod with caper sauce - $34|
|Free range Milawa Chicken (half) - $36|
|Duck breast - $33|
|Slow-cooked pork - $35|
|Potatoes and carrots from the rôtisserie|
We couldn't not order the following salad, as it had all of my mum's favourite ingredients: pumpkin, feta and rocket.
|Roast pumpkin, feta and rocket salad with yuzu dressing - $7.50|
|Pommes frites - $8|
|Raspberry Mousse - $4.50|
|Paris Brest - $3.50 (Yes, really).|
But whilst the pastry cabinet was tempting, I couldn't go past the pavlova cheesecake from the dessert menu. I had no idea what it would be, but I knew I'd love it - two of my favourite desserts combined into one!
|Pavlova cheesecake - $14|