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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Lunch @ The Press Club

My appointment wound up just after 12 and as I was in the city I decided to treat myself to a post-birthday lunch. As I was in the "paris-end" of Collins street I took advantage of this position and popped over to the Press Club.

bread
bread, Kolympari Olive Oil and volcanic black salt

At lunch they offer an X-press lunch special which consists of either 2 or 3 courses of your choice from the a la carte menu as well as any specials that might be on offer. There is also a four course Lunch Kerasma.

scallops

I started with one of the specials - scallops on the half-shell

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they are topped with skordalia and placed under the grill with a light dusting of breadcrumbs. Underneath is an braised onion and nut mixture.

I know it's sacrilege but usually I'm not a fan of scallop roe, however in this dish even the roe was delicious.

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Braised Beef Stifado, kalamata olive crumble and a watercress and orange salad

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They serve this with a knife but it's totally unnecessary - the beef just fell apart with the touch of a fork. A hearty dish perfect for autumn and winter.

Now I really didn't need dessert but I couldn't go pass this

hellenic trifle 2008

the intriguingly titled, Hellenic Trifle 2008.

It was studded with candied cumquats, orange custard, orange granita and soaked sponge finger biscuits. Even though I couldn't finish it I was very glad to have tasted it.

Served with coffee was this
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candied slices of quince.

Service as always was extremely professional and more than matched the quality of the food.

The details:
The Press Club Restaurant and Bar
72 Flinders Street
Melbourne
Phone: 03 9677 9677

Open:
Lunch: Monday - Friday and Sunday
Dinner: Monday - Sunday

web
www.thepressclub.com.au

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