We haven't been to La Luna since last year, well since Grand Final Day, so it's about time we checked in again. Since that time, Adrian Richardson has published his first cookbook, fittingly called Meat and for those so inclined, you can get signed copies at the restaurant.
We decide on a red to drink and the 2007 Planeta La Segreta Nero D'Avola Merlot fits the bill nicely.
Paalo orders the Hand Cured Meat Plate - in this offering we have lombo, sicilian salami, veneto salami, capocollo and fromage de tête (brawn) - it is served with olives, pickled shallot salad, wholegrain and toasted ciabatta
I order the grilled Cotechino served with on a bed of sauteed onions and mushrooms - it's smoky and gelatinous and oh so delcious.
Paalo orders the House Aged Rump served with Mashed Nicola Potatoes and Grilled Mushrooms - it turns out to be one of the largest slabs of meat we've seen in quite a while. The meat is, as you would expect, cooked as it should be - the aging bringing out the flavour and tenderness of the beef.
I order the Gnocchi in a creamy mushroom and chives sauce and topped with truffle pecorino. Apart from the gnocchi being on what I would consider the large size, they are soft and light and taste as they should, of potato.
La Luna Bistro
320 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton
Phone: 03 9349 4888
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: noon-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6pm - 10pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 3pm