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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Lunch @ Rockpool

Since we were in Crown we decided to take the opportunity and finally visit Rockpool.

On the way to the dining room you are greeted with this lovely sight, makes a change from those live fish tanks.

dry aged meatmeat

Settled, we start with a bottle of 2003 Chandon ZD.

The menu is quite extensive and after a lot of thought we decide to share our entrees

ham and salami tasting plate
Ham and Salami Tasting Plate ($35)
From top to bottom, Joselito Iberico, Jamondul Gran Reserva Serrano, San Daniele Proscuitto, Chorizo (from Sydney)

I must say the Joselito Iberico was amazing, the fat actually tasted like nuts, it's the first time I've experienced that and now I understand the fuss people make over the Iberico.

soft shell crab
Soft Shell Crab Salad with Cos Lettuce ($26)

I think the crab could have been a little more crisp, perhaps we should have eaten it first.

four tastes
Four Raw Tastes of the Sea ($26)
From bottom to top, kingfish with cos and tea smoked oyster dressing, ocean trout with harissa and lemon, tuna with coriander and ginger dressing and scampi with ceviche dressing

I'll have to agree with the consensus this is a fantastic dish, we'd gladly have one of these to ourselves.

butter steak knife

As Paalo, Al and I are having steaks we get these quite lethal looking knives. We also choose a Ripasso to have with our mains.

lobster salad
Elle's Main: Lobster, Avocado and Zucchini Salad with Hazelnut and Lime Foam ($38 entree)

dry aged grass fed beef rump
Al's Main: Dry Aged Grass Fed Beef - Rump 400g/41 days ($39)

dry aged rib eye
Dry Aged 36 Month Old Grass Fed Beef - Rib-eye on the Bone 750g/43 days ($90 for two) - Paalo and I shared this dish - this is just my portion of the dish, lucky me got the bone!

The steaks are served with sauces to share - Horseradish Cream and an ultra-light fluffy Béarnaise.

onion rings
Side dish: Onion Rings ($6)

Who knew Onion Rings could taste this good?

sauces brussel sprouts
Sauces to Share: Horseradish Cream and Béarnaise and Side dish: Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon Onion and Burnt butter ($8)

mac and cheese
Side dish: "Mac and Cheese" ($7)

It tastes even better than it looks.

With our desserts we order a half bottle of Vietti Moscato d'Asti ($45)

chocolate cake

Al's Choice: Bittersweet Chocolate Cake with Pedro Jimenez Cream ($16)


Elle's Choice: Passionfruit Pavlova ($16)

apple tarte tatin

Paalo's Choice: Apple Tarte Tatin ($16)


My Choice: Praline Millefeuille ($16)

puffed wheat

Served with coffee - a glass of fantastic caramelised puffed wheat.

The details

Rockpool Bar and Grill
Crown Complex
Phone: +613 8648 1900

Lunch: Sunday-Friday: 12pm -3pm
Dinner: Every night: 6pm-11pm



  1. i loved my dinner at rockpool in sydney and i've only heard good things about the melbourne grill.

    passing the meat on the way in reminds me of a restaurant in new york where the carcasses of whole cows and pigs greeted us on entry. it didn't put us off, for some reason it seemed more honest.

  2. Hi Anna - oh I loved seeing the meat, it's so rare to see meat in that state, it shows a sense of pride in their ingredients and the end product is seriously good.

  3. Anonymous08:07


    It is such a good recommendation for this particular restaurant as I planned to enjoy a nice dinner with my love there soon. Please excuse for my silliness, I would like to know the difference in quality between Dry Aged Beef and the Dry Aged 36 Month Beef? I understand the fact behind the days for drying the beef, but how does this 36 month mean?

    Thank you very much. Enjoy your next meal.

    Stan from Melbourne

  4. Hi Stan, the 36 months refers to the age of the cow itself. Hope you have a great time at Rockpool! I don't think you have to worry about the quality of any of the meat, it really boils down to which cut of meat is your favourite. On the menu the dry aged 36 month is only offered as ribeye or sirloin while the dry aged is offered as ribeye, sirloin, t-bone and rump.


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