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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Truffle Degustation Lunch @ Chateau Yering

We've marshalled the truffle crew together and this time we've headed out to Chateau Yering for their annual Truffle degustation lunch. This year there's a change - the truffles have all been sourced from Victoria - from Tibooburra in the Yarra Valley and the Otways.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Lunch @ The Undertaker

The Undertaker hasn't had the easiest life - since it opened in 2005 it seems to have muddled through trying to find some kind of niche in which it could settle. Its latest reinvention sees it turning to Chef Paul Wilson as its "Food Director". The upstairs dining room is now gone, which after our last visit, isn't that surprising. The focus now appears to be on the downstairs space and creating a "progressive cafe" called Social. I hope this progression includes getting rid of their horrid Com Media designed website.

the undertaker© by Haalo

Friday, June 18, 2010

Dinner @ Jorg

Jorg has only been open a few weeks and initial reports from fellow Eators, Al and Elle have been positive. Tonight we're joining them for dinner to see for ourselves.

For a Friday night, the restaurant is certainly busy with just about all the tables filled. Surprisingly for such a cavernous space full of hard surfaces, we are actually able to carry on conversations at normal speaking levels. I think it must have a lot to do with the high vaulted ceiling. Other good signs are the generous proportions of the tables and the fact that they aren't all squeezed together.

On the menu there's a fairly large selection of share plates and we've started our meal by picking a good selection to graze on.

Before we get the food, we get the bread.

jorg© by Haalo

Monday, June 07, 2010

Truffle Dinner @ Vue de Monde

We're back at Vue but this time it's for the Truffle dinner and we've been joined by fellow trufflephiles Al and Elle. All the truffles for this meal have come from Manjimup.

vue de monde© by Haalo

The evening begins with glasses of NV Jean-Paul Perardel Champagne.

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Lunch @ 268 on Toorak

The renovations are finally complete and 268 on Toorak has quietly reopened and we're back to see how the old Les Boucheries Parisiennes has scrubbed up.

As we mentioned on the last post - the same team remains but they have the opportunity to better utilise the restaurant space. Upstairs is now the restaurant proper while downstairs is a more casual eating space - the leather banquettes remain, but they are joined by low tables and casual leather cubes. When you consider its position just opposite the Como center, this change makes sense as does the new menu which has a focus on shared dishes.

As it's a lazy saturday and with so many new dishes on the menu, we've foresaken any decision making and put ourselves in Chef Paul's hands.

We begin with charcuterie

268 on Toorak© by Haalo