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Friday, April 06, 2007

Lunch @ The Undertaker

In between the Easter madness we take time out for a quick lunch at The Undertaker - so named as the building in a previous life had been a funeral parlour. After a multi-million dollar renovation in 2005, it's now a four level multi-function venue with cocktail lounge, restaurant and wine bar, lounge bar and private dining room.


This is the ground-floor restaurant and wine bar where we had lunch.

The bread rolls look like donuts and are served warm - lightly flecked with caraway seed they are soft chewy and delicious.

The menu offers appetisers, entree and mains - we decide to start with two appetisers


Served on one plate but they are two separate menu items: to the left are a Trio of Bruschetta (roasted red pepper and fetta, tomato and basil and creamy mushroom) and to the right are 3 beef cheek and bone marrow croquettes (wonderfully rich and a treat to eat).

For our mains (which are both entrees):


I have the White Veal Tortellini with Beurre noisette - very hearty and I would find it extremely difficult to actually have this dish as a main. The Beurre noisette hadn't quite achieved the "noisette" characteristics.

while Paalo has the Trio of Tarts


comprising of a caramelised leek and taleggio tart (the standout), asparagus tart and roasted tomato tart.

We decide to share a dessert -


Italian Donut with cherry ice cream on Crème anglaise- the donut takes about 10-15 minutes, a welcome pause especially for me.

Light and lovely - the ice cream heavily studded with sour cherries - I would come back to have one to myself!

The details:

The Undertaker
329 Burwood Road, Hawthorn
(03) 9818 3944

Open - Ground
Monday - Thursday: 7.30am - 10pm
Friday: 7.30am - 11pm
Saturday: Noon - 11pm
Sunday: Noon - 9pm

Open - Level One
Tuesday - Friday: 5pm - late
Saturday: 6pm - late



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