Prix Fixe: A Nutcracker's Christmas12/13/2014 05:20:00 PM
90 Collins Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
|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
|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|
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!
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