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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lunch @ Interlude

Shh, don't tell anyone but we've ducked out for lunch.

Two options are available - limited choice a la carte (2 courses/$30 3 courses/$40 with a glass of Punt Road Wine) and a five course tasting menu. Just to be different we've opted for the a la carte option.

We both couldn't go past this dish for our starter:

Wagyu Tartare, Smoking Cinnamon

A dish where its presentation equals its taste. The cinnamon smoke doesn't flavour the beef, it rather just perfumes the air. The cubes in the tartare are fried potato and a savoury jelly.

A little treat courtesy of the kitchen comes out next

Pumpkin Risotto with Perigord Truffle - even without the truffle this would be a perfect risotto. Creamy rice and sweet pumpkin this is extremely moorish.

Onto mains:

Paalo has the slow cooked lamb shank, roasted potato, brussels sprout leaves, celeriac puree. The meat just dropped off the bone, lusciously tender and full of flavour that only time can bring out.

I have the Venison loin, red cabbage puree, roasted pear and potato. The red cabbage puree is an eye-opener especially with it's underlying vinegary tang.


The venison certainly deserves a close up - you really couldn't prepare it any better than this.


Another lovely surprise from the kitchen, this time Pierre has a pre-dessert for us to enjoy


Rye bread tuille, pear sorbet and cinnamon meringue - this has all the flavours of a pear crumble and brings all those elements of comfort you would associate with this combination of flavours.


We both ordered the same dessert which was the broken plum friand with pistachio, jelly and creme anglaise. 

Once again, it is another stunning dessert from Pierre. Seriously we must come here for the dessert degustation!

Petit Fours - balsamic meringue, bergamot truffle, caraway marshmallow, chocolate coated griottines

If you're looking to kill a few hours over a superb meal then head over to Interlude, you won't be disappointed. 

The details:

211 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Phone: 9415 7300

Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12-3pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday 6.30pm to late



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