Christmas

Prix Fixe: A Nutcracker's Christmas

12/13/2014 05:20:00 PM

Prix Fixe

Prix Fixe
Alfred Place
90 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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Yup, another Prix Fixe dinner! This time, the theme was (and still is, until the end of December), "A Nutcracker's Christmas". Seeing as I've written about Prix Fixe twice before, I won't go into too much detail and I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Suffice it to say this menu was very impressive - the themed cocktails were fabulous, I truly enjoyed all four courses, and would highly recommend you squeeze in a visit before the end of the year. Bravo, Philippa!

Back: On Point - Plymouth gin, maple syrup, grapefruit, hopped grapefruit bitters & Prosecco - $20
Front: Fritz's Fumble - Zubrowka, St Germain elderflower, Yellow Chartreuse, white peach, lime & thyme - $20 

Bread

Oysters - $4 each

Summer borscht, crème fraiche, dill avruga caviar

The borscht was smooth and velvety, with the natural sweetness of the beetroot complimented by salty pops of caviar. The quenelle of crème fraiche ice-cream was a fun and sophisticated take on the usual dollop of crème fraiche or smetana.

Prawn cocktail Russian style – Crystal Bay prawns, melons, avocado and apple

When I think prawn cocktail, I think dinky little glasses filled with lettuce, prawns, and mayonnaise, and this version completely surpassed my expectations. I loved the crisp lettuce, the sweet pieces of melon and apple, the creamy avocado, the fresh prawns and the sharp horseradish sauce.

Porchetta rolled with apricots, hazelnuts and thyme

Cool sauerkraut

The pork was tender and flavourful, and the crackling appropriately crackly. This main course (rolled roast pork with crackling and a cabbage salad), is exactly the type of thing I'd love to serve at a dinner party.

Compote of cherries and raspberries, basil ice cream, meringue tutu, plum jam roly poly

The dessert was just stunning - a cherry and raspberry compote, plum jam roly poly, sweet basil ice-cream, dehydrated raspberry powder and crisp sticks of meringue. All the flavours and textures worked so well together - it was fabulous! I was particularly impressed by the basil ice-cream, with its beautiful jade colour, perfectly smooth texture and pure basil flavour.

Gingerbread hearts to finish

These cute little gingerbread hearts were brought out as an accompaniment with tea and coffee to round out the meal. Lovely!

Read about my previous experiences at Prix Fixe:

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4 comments

  1. Be still my beating heart! That porchetta looks perfectly cooked!

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  2. I keep meaning to go here every time I visit Melbourne. I love the idea of this theme too!

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  3. We have family in Melbourne and this is now on my must-visit list. Everything sounds wonderful.

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  4. Tell us more about that tall dark handsome man with whom our local stringers say you dining with.

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