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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Lunch @ La Luna Bistro

It's the Grand Final and while the eyes of Melbourne are trained upon their TVs, it seems the perfect time to escape for a leisurely lunch at La Luna.

We begin with antipasto

an assortment of hand cured meats including salami, prosciutto, speck, poached quince, olives, pickled shallots

For starters:

I have the grilled Cotechino on lentils and oh boy is this delicious. Thick slices of cotechino beautifully grilled - moist and full of flavour. The lentils show why they are such a perfect match to cotechino.

Paalo has one of the specials - Spicy Beef on green beans with yoghurt & feta dressing with jalapeno salsa. This has a good level of spice, a bit of warmth without blowing the top of your head off.

For mains:

I decide to repeat myself and have the Crackling wrapped roll of Roast Pork, served with mashed potatoes and tuscan cabbage. Every bit of that crackling was perfectly crisp - the meat, tender and juicy.

Paalo can't resist another of the days specials - Suet pastry Lamb pie on mushy peas. Once Paalo heard the words suet pastry he was a goner.

Here's a good inside look at the pie - the pastry was crisp yet just melted in your mouth and the pie was generously filled with large chucks of meat.

After an extended break we finally did manage dessert:

Mezze plater - strawberry sorbet, brownies, coffee pannacotta, chocolate and passionfruit ice-creams, lemon curd meringue, creme brulee

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Oh, and who won the final? Who cares.

The details:

La Luna Bistro
320 Rathdowne Street, North Carlton

Phone: 03 9349 4888

Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: noon-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 6pm - 10pm
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 3pm



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