We've been trying for a few weeks to get into the newly remodelled and renamed Koots Salle à Manger and we finally snagged a booking tonight.
The old hard wooden chairs are gone and been replaced with more comfortable, firmly padded seats. The walls are light and a much larger white marble topped bar offers extra dining options. All over, the space feels more relaxed.
With glasses of 99 Pol Roger we enjoy an amuse as we wait
a flavoursome, chilled Tomato Soup, with balsamic and chives
Slow-cooked green lip abalone served with and crispy confit pork belly, raspberry vinegar glaze
Paalo would eat this just for the abalone and having tried a little I can certainly understand. The pork belly was also very good but the abalone is certainly the star.
Smoked eel with a zucchini, celery & apple salad, truffle foam
I couldn't resist the siren call of truffle and it certainly wasn't overpowering or overpowed by the the smoked eel. The eel itself was wonderfully moist, the crisp salad of zucchini celery and apple an excellent match.
Beef Tartar, with accompaniments and pommes frittes
Though it is smaller than the one Paalo recently had at The Brasserie, this is a better sized serving.
Grilled red mullet fillet with kipfler potato salad and slow cooked octopus, aioli
Good to see red mullet on the menu, it's an excellent fish that still seems to not get the recognition it deserves. A lovely dish with clean flavours.
Classic Vanilla Crème Brûlée
a delicious deep bowl of brulee
Plate of 3 petits fours of the day - white chocolate sponge, chocolate fondant, madeleine
Koots Salle à Manger
479 Glenferrie Road
Phone: 9822 3809
Lunch - Tuesday to Friday
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday