The Menu du Jour is now changing monthly so we're back at Café Vue at Heide for a taste of this months offerings.
On the menu this dish is simply written as Ham Croquettes but as Paalo correctly mused at the time "it's not going to just be plain ham croquettes". Even more picturesque in person, you could mistake it for something that should be exhibited at Heide. The croquettes had wonderfully crisp shells surrounding a moist meaty filling - the flavour reminiscent of ham hock.
My choice was an equally attractive terrine - rare duck breast in the centre surrounded by a farce which was then surrounded by mashed potato. But it wasn't any ordinary mash, it was compressed to have structural integrity which meant you could slice it. Binding this all was a ribbon of leek. It was served with a frisee and mache salad, scattered with roasted hazelnuts.
As we've come to except the sauce is perfection, rich, thick and deeply flavoured, you'll be wanting extra bread. The beef is fork tender - beautiful.
Not the best photo I know but lighting here is challenging at times - which is one of the main I don't blog every meal we have here. A lot of lentils and even though I'm not a huge fan, I somehow managed to eat them all - must have had something to do with those bacony lardons. The chicken was brilliant - it tasted like real chicken, moist, tender, you couldn't really ask for more.
I really loved the fact that these were fat slices of apple - they still carried a bit of bite to them which made them all the more appealing.
In the glass, a deathy dark chocolate mousse - well whipped it kept it from being too heavy. It was topped with honeycomb pieces and crystalised violets.
Café Vue at Heide
7 Templestowe Road
Tuesday to Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday to Sunday: 9am - 5pm
Dinner - Thursday to Saturday: 6pm - 9pm
Haalo and Paalo dine at their own pleasure using their own hard earned money. They blog because they want to and they don't expect other people to pay for their pleasure.