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Saturday, December 04, 2010

Dinner @ Cafe Vue at 401

We're back with Elle and Al for another dinner but this time we aren't the chicken! We've ordered a mix of dishes - from Menu du Jour and A la Carte.

For starters:
Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
Seared Scallops with Truffle Pommes Mouselline and Cauliflower puree



There's a lot more mouselline than the previous visit - not that I'm complaining. Tastewise it's just as good as before.

Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
Papparadelle with braised goat, green olives and pecorino

Al's reordered the papparadelle as he really enjoyed them last time - this time, they weren't as good. The pasta wasn't quite as silky and the pecorino was missing which upset the balance of the dish.
Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
Chicken Parfait - from Menu du Jour

Elle and Paalo ordered the same dish but a differing opionins. Elle thought it too strong and texturally too soft. Paalo quite liked that strong iron rich flavour of liver and his seemed to be a little more firmly set.

Mains:

Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
David Blackmore full blood wagyu (9+ marble score, 600 days grain fed) Braised Intercostal and Brisket

A small pot that packs a wallop of flavour. Meat so soft you really don't need to chew it.

Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
Lamb Wellington - from Menu du Jour

Bit of mixed opinions on this as well - Elle's wellington wasn't quite as browned as the other two so it lacked any crunch - the pastry was just too soft for her liking. The lamb inside was beaufully cooked.


Dessert:

Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
Mango Eton Mess - from Menu du Jour

Very clever arrangement - served inside a frozen mango skin.

Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
Pistachio madeleines with Marsala

I couldn't go past ordering this again - truly delicious.

Cafe Vue at 401© by Haalo
Pistachio Mousse Cake - from the Cake cabinet



The details:

Café Vue at 401
401 St Kilda Road
Melbourne

9866 8055
reservations for A la Carte Menu (including 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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