We sadly come to the last in this series of European Vacation with Raymond Capaldi - the final destination is Scandinavia which explains why Abba is playing during dinner.
As with the previous dinners there are some options - in this case the first is a Tribute to Noma.
Delicately smoked, soft and gelatinous, oozy explosions of eggy goodness
The whole pot was generously filled with a delicate and fluffy tarragon cream topped with a crunchy malt soil, into which spankingly fresh radishes had been planted. What surprised me is that most people just ate the radish and left the tops behind.
To Drink: Carlsberg Pale Lager, Elderflower Vodka Martini
To drink: 2007 Delatite Sylvia Kabinett Style Riesling
A delicate and refined offering - it teases you with the aroma of smoked eel and then charms you with it's light touch.
To Drink: 2005 Bannockburn The Estate Shiraz
The belly is rolled and stuffed with a sausage like farce, the skin a good blend of crunch and caramel like chewiness. Those celeriac sticks coated in hay ash are a real taste sensation.
There's a subtle flavour of beer to these slightly firm onions
The carrots still have a nice bite to them, the pork greaves just shatter in your mouth
A stand out salad where each mouthful offers a new combination of flavours.
A salute to Rene Redzepi of Noma for putting Nordic food on the world stage.
To Drink: 2005 Late Harvest Viognier
A dessert that isn't obvious and probably did stretch some people but for myself, I really did enjoy it. I think the key that bound the goat milk curd and iced sorrel was that thin, translucent sheet of anise caramel. It give you an initial crunch which then became chewy, which in turn released a refreshing anise flavour that cleansed your palate.
To finish off both an amazing month of dinners and to celebrate a rather stunning celebration of Scandinavian cusine, it's fitting that we end with Aquavit. If you managed to attend all of the dinners I think you'd agree, we've experienced something quite special.
No meal is really complete without a peek into the kitchen where all the hard work is done.
533 Brunswick Street, Nth Fitzroy
Phone: 9481 1177
Lunch: Sunday-Friday from noon
Dinner: 7 days from 6pm