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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lunch @ La Luna

We've always had a good meal at La Luna so when I heard of a less than stellar dining experience from our regular dining companions Elle and Al, I was very disappointed. 

I'm at a loss to explain what happened but I think it is something that needs to be considered. Because one person has a good meal doesn't meal that everyone will and the reverse is also true. Posts like these and reviews from the revered "media" are only guides - a snapshot only for that particular meal. The quality of a restaurant shouldn't be based on one meal but on consistently putting out good meals.

Now I don't know if standards dropped because they were doing double sittings but I hope that isn't the case. It's far better to say you're booked and hope they will book for another night than to have customers vowing not to return after having a bad meal.

With that said, I shall return to today's meal

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For starters

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I have the Elk Sausages with Potato Aioli and Parsley salad - two chubby little sausage sit happily upon the potato aioli surrounded by a rich jus. The sausages were quite dense filled with a chunkier grind.


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Paalo has the Hand Cured Meat Plate, served with olives and pickled cherry and a generous basket of bread. The prosciutto was especially flavoursome.

For mains

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I have the Five meat bolognaise (beef, veal, pork, chicken and prosciutto) with organic Nicola potato gnocchi and shaved truffled pecorino.

This is one the dishes that Elle had and she described her dish as gnocchi soup - overcooked gnocchi at the base of the plate with the sauce dumped over it.

The dish I had is the polar opposite - the gnocchi were perfect, tender but still with a little resistance. You couldn't really ask for any better. 

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Paalo has the Grilled Bullboar Sausage, champ potato, onion and mustard jus. All very tasty and well presented.

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for sides we have green beans with feta and yoghurt dressing

it might be interesting to compare the same dish from Elle's dining experience

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We decide to skip dessert this time and head off to the Enoteca for a spot of shopping and a good coffee.

The details:

La Luna
320 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton

Phone: 9349 4888

Open:
Lunch: Tuesday to Friday - Noon - 3pm
Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday - 6pm - 10pm
Brunch: Saturday to Sunday - 11am - 3pm

web
www.lalunabistro.com.au

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