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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Dinner @ Vue de Monde

It's my birthday so we've gone to Vue de Monde to celebrate the occasion. Tonight we'll be having a "best of" comprised of some of the more popular dishes from the past.

Once again, due to the lack the light, the photos are not the best - if you want to see what the food looks head over to the Vue de Monde website and check out the photo gallery there.

The amuse was pea and jamon soup with jamon tartare served with a confit quail yolk on a lettuce raft.

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Salade de Jicama et Ormeaux
Jicama, braised abalone and spanner crab with yuzu noodles and Sterling caviar
To drink: 2006 Cantele Fiano Salento, Puglia, Italy


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Risotto aux Champignons
Classically inspired cep and king brown mushroom risotto
To drink: 1956 Château Corella Rivesaltes, Eastern Pyrenees, France

The risotto was as good as always but the wine was a knockout.

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Bouillabaisse "en cinq minutes" et tartare d'ecrevisse

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5 minute bouillabaisse, tartare of crayfish, buffalo milk skin, finished wih aromatic herbs and a touch of theatre
To drink: 2006 Emmerich Knoll Grüner Veltliner Federspiel Loibner, Wachau, Austria

This is the bouillabaisse that is made at the table using a Cona Vacuum Coffee Percolator.

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Foie Gras Poêlé
Foie gras, pan seared, served with roast peach and Sauternes emulsion
To drink: 2002 Klien Constantia Vin de Constance Constancia, South Africa

Because we enjoyed the Chateau Corella so much we ended up having another glass to see how it would hold up with this foie gras dish. While it matched well with the foie gras it wasn't as complete a match the wine intended for the dish but was provided us with quite an interesting lesson in wine & food matching.

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Kingfish Poêlé
Kingfish fingers crusted with potato scales and served with broccoli couscous and a broccoli cannelloni, currant purée and a curried brown chicken jus
To drink: 2005 Matassa Curvée Nougé Vin de Pays, Côtes Catalanes, France


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Boudin D'Écrevisse Grillé
Grilled boudin of crayfish, glazed with beurre Café du Paris, sauce Amériaine and blood orange
To drink: 2003 Au Bon Climat Chardonnay Nuits-Blaches Au Bouge, Santa Maria Valley, California USA


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Consommé froid à la Tomate
Delicate tomato consommé with gazpacho jelly


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Lapin Rôti et Sauce au Vin Rouge

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Roast rabbit with bone marrow, crispy shallots and red wine jus smoked at the table
To drink: 2005 Château Pierre Bise Anjou Villages Sure Spilite, Loire Valley, France

A piece of vegetable coal sits under the dome and infuses its smoke into the dish - once the dome is removed you can crumble the coal and use it to season the dish.

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Agneau "satay"
White Rocks Lamb (WA) served four ways, spiced with a staty peanut butter with a honey and bay leaf jelly
To drink: 2003 Zenato Amarone della Valpolicella DOC, Veneto, Italy

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Fromage
Whipped Ironstone Gouda Sandwich with Pistachio Cracker and crispy bacon
To drink: Gonzalez Byass 30 year old Amontillado VORS, Del Duque, Spain

We didn't take a photo but Lollypops came next to refresh our palate.

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Soufflé à la Pistache
Triple Sec custard served with a pistachio soufflé on top
To drink: 2007 Santa Rita Moscatel Late Harvest, Valle del Limari, Chile

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Petits-Fours


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The details:

Vue de Monde
Normanby Chambers
430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne
Phone: 03 9691 3888

Open:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday Bookings:12.00pm-2.00pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday Bookings:6.30pm-9.30pm

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