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Monday, March 23, 2009

Event @ Vue de Monde

Part of the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, we're at Vue de Monde for the Master and Apprentice Dinner - Shane Osborn from Pied à Terre and Marcus Eaves from L'Autre Pied.


The dinner will provide an opportunity to explore how this Michelin-starred chef and his protégé have learnt from and inspired each other. The menu will be influenced by local produce, and wines will be provided from Pyrenees vineyards Dalwhinnie and Taltarni.

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While we wait for the dinner to begin, we are struck by just how much tension seems to be in the air. It's a sensation we hadn't felt here at least before. We later find out that there has been some last minute changes - the first of which is in the presentation of the canapés. Initially they were to be served as people arrived but instead were served when all were present.

Canapés:

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Top row - left to right
Crisp polenta, quail egg, tomato fondue, lardo di colanatta and sage
Sauteed snail, celeriac fondant, sweet potato and balsamic crumb
Bottom row - left to right
Pumpkin and ginger foam, crisp ginger and crystalised sunflower seeds
Beignet of smoked bacon and shitake mushrooms and black truffle
To drink: 2004 Clover Hill

Lucky me, I got two slices of truffle! While Paalo quite enjoyed the pumpkin item, I thought it was somewhat lacking, falling short when compared to its companions.

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Oh look, there he is.

Amuse:

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Tartare of scallop, avocado, tzatziki and coriander


Another dish that caused some (understandable) tension - it was only added that day to the menu!


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Starter:

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Caille Rôtie
Roasted breast of quail with clams, peas, broad beans and smoked butter emulsion
To drink: 2008 Lalla Gully Riesling


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Middle:

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Truite Pochée
Poached Ocean Trout with fennel cream, green olive, vanilla sauce and olive tuile
To Drink: 2004 Dalwhinnie Chardonnay

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Main course:

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Râble de Lapin
Saddle of rabbit and thyme-crusted leg, roasted carrot oil, braised baby gem and pickled carrot
To drink: 2005 Dalwhinnie Cabernet Sauvignon

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Towels are laid over the bench and vast amounts of ice were dumped on it - all to cool down the bench for the dessert

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Shane says: Cock-a-doodle doo

Pre-desert:

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Ananas et Chocolate au Lait
Pineapple, star anise and milk chocolate

Desert:

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Mousse au Caramel
Caramel mousse with roasted banana, beurre noisette and passionfruit
To drink: 2007 Taltarni Brut Taché


The details:
Vue de Monde
Normanby Chambers
430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne
Phone: 03 9691 3888

Open:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday Bookings:12.00pm-2.00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday Bookings:6.30pm-9.30pm

web:
www.vuedemonde.com.au

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