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|
Despite a couple of small issues, we still really enjoyed our dinner at Cafe Vue. It's a great spot for an easygoing dinner, where you can enjoy a special, well-made meal without fighting maddening crowds or spending a fortune.