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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Lunch @ Cafe Vue at 401

We've been saying for a while that we should go to Cafe Vue at 401 for their Menu du Jour especially as we've enjoyed the offerings at Heide and as finding ourselves in the area, we decided to pop in for a leisurely lunch.

Starters:

Bistro Vue at 401© by Haalo

Paalo described this as a perfect dish - there's nothing you could really improve. The bread was well toasted, yet still soft on the inside. The parfait walked that line or richness and lightness with skill. If he could have had another, he would have.

Bistro Vue at 401© by Haalo

My quail dish was certainly on par - the bread stuffing perfumed with sage and soaked with flavoursome jus. The quail itself was that perfect combination of moist and tender.

Mains:

Bistro Vue at 401© by Haalo

Beautifully cooked beef, tender and full of flavour.

Bistro Vue at 401© by Haalo

The pork is dressed with tiny cubes of black sausage and apple. Crackling was excellent - really thin and toffee like. This is more of an old fashioned cut of pork - there's a good layer of fat (not as much as you would find in pork belly) adding flavour and richness to the pork.

Side:

Bistro Vue at 401© by Haalo

Baby brussels with speck.

Dessert:

Bistro Vue at 401© by Haalo

A layer of yuzu jelly lies at the bottom of the glass and it's topped with panna cotta. The yuzu is a combination of mandarin sweetness with lemon tartness.

Bistro Vue at 401© by Haalo

I can never go past any of the Vue's souffles and this chocolate version comes with a molten chocolate core.



The details:

Café Vue at 401
401 St Kilda Road
Melbourne

9866 8055
reservations for Menu du Jour only

Open:
Monday-Friday: 7am to 11pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am to 11pm

www.vuedemonde.com.au/cafe-vue.aspx

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