For our last dinner of the year we've snagged a booking at Vue de Monde - what an excellent way to close the year off.
Prosciutto consommé and melon ball served with a fish cracker and marinated pilchard
The consommé was surprisingly served warm and it really had quite a definite taste of prosciutto. The Melon ball is one of those spherised liquids, a ultra thin membrane encloses the liquid melon. A most interesting variation on melon and prosciutto.
Soft shell blue swimmer crab stuffed with sautéed blue swimmer crab, accompanied by a Mojo Sauce, Sterling Caviar and horseradish
To Drink: 2004 Vacheron Sancerre Les Romains, Loire Valley France
There's only something like an 8 day window to get these tiny soft shell blue swimmer crabs. It's as excellent as our last visit.
Gnocchi aux Truffes:
Liquid cep gnocchi with shimeji mushrooms, broad beans and tarragon emulsion, shaved Tibetan truffle
To drink: 2002 Tarrawarra Estate Chardonnay, Yarra Valley Victoria
Probably the highlight of the night, an explosion of mushroom goodness. The tibetan truffle was quite interesting, not as flavoursome or aromatic as those from France or Italy, texturally they seemed much softer too.
Bouillabaisse en cinq minutes et tartare d'ecrevisse:
5 minute bouillabaisse with tartare of crayfish, buffalo milk skin, finished with aromatic herbs and a touch of theatre
To Drink: 2005 Pieropan Sove Classico DOC Calvarino Veneto, Italy
Foie Gras Poelé:
Foir gras, pan seared, served with roast peach and Sauternes emulsion
To Drink: 2002 Marcel Deiss Burg Riesling, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Gris, Alsace France
A simple presentation of foie gras - excellently cooked.
Ocean Trout with horseradish and baby beets, served with celeriac and smoked at the table
To Drink: 2005 Bianchet Verduzzo, Yarra Valley Victoria
In the kitchen a smoulding chunk of vegetable charcoal is placed on the fish before being covered by a glass dome. The smoke fills the dome and it's then brought to the table - in this time the fish has absorbed a delicate smoky flavour. The vegetable charcoal is edible.
Boudin D'Écrevisse Grillé:
Grilled Boudin of crayfish, glazed with beurre Café du Paris, sauce Américaine and blood orange
To drink: 2005 Wittman Silvaner Trocken 'S', Rheinhessen Germany
Consommé Froid à la Tomate:
Delicate tomato consummé with gazpacho jelly and dry ice
Tataki de Boeuf Wagyu:
Tataki of Wagyu beef with soya yuzu noodle and sweet corn purée
To Drink: 2003 Rivera Castel Del Monte DOC Riserva Il Falcone, Puglia Italy
The noodle basically dissolves in the heat of your mouth providing the "sauce" for the beef.
Roti De Porc:
Roast White Rocks Pork Belly with Pork Rillette pancake and panada stuffed baby apple
To Drink: 1989 Chateau Meyney Cru Bourgeois Exceptional St Estephe, Bordeaux France
It's pork and apples but with a twist.
Goats curd served with sugared rose petal, rose jelly topped with goats curd ice cream
I'm not a great fan of rose flavours but this really won me over - the sugared rose petal is just so crisp it's crunchy.
Gateau de Riz à la Framboise:
Raspberry served with raspberry flavoured rice pudding encased in sugar
The rice pudding is held in that sugar tube.
Cigare au Chocolat:
Valrhona Chocolate roll filled with smoked chocolate and rolled in puff pastry cigar
all quiet - end of service
the rooms are all ready for tomorrow
Vue de Monde
430 Little Collins Street
Phone: 03 9691 3888
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday Bookings:12.00pm-2.00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday Bookings:6.30pm-9.30pm