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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Dinner @ Koots Salle A Manger

It's a last minute decision but we've managed to snare a booking at Koots Salle à Manger.

As usual we begin with a couple of glasses of 1999 Pol Roger - which proves to be an excellent match to the amuse

Koots Salle à Manger© by Haalo

of Oyster with vodka, ginger and lime granita and salmon roe.

For starters:

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Black angus beef tartare with condiments & a fried quail egg

Unlike the previous version Paalo enjoyed here, this one comes with the accompaniments mixed into the beef and is served as a large, flattish disc - for a change it is topped with a barely fried quail egg. It certainly gets those taste buds going.

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Slow-cooked green lip abalone served with and crispy confit pork belly, raspberry vinegar glaze

My turn to enjoy this dish. Last time I didn't get to try the pork as it was Ash Wednesday so I didn't know what I was missing out on. This has to be one of the best examples of pork belly I've had in quite a while - the skin almost caramel like while the flesh just fell apart. While the abalone are fabulous, the pork is certainly just as good.

For mains:

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Roasted Golden Plains pork fillet with braised Mt Zero green lentils, pomme fondante & stuffed pig’s trotter

The stuffed pig trotter is presented at the far right of the plate - a compact cylinder, the trotter skin is wrapped around the meat based stuffing. A wonderfully lickable, dense and sticky sauce is drizzled over the components.

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Free range chicken leg cooked two ways with “poule au pot” vegetables

A rather plump leg stands in the center of the plate, underneath are thick slices of a stuffed chicken leg. A very honest dish where the quality of ingredients and their natural flavours are allowed to speak for themselves.


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Pont l'Eveque at the front, Comté Gruyere to the right and at the back, a french goat cheese


Koots Salle à Manger© by Haalo
Dessert Plate to share:
white chocolate sponge with strawberry salad; creme brulee; madeleine, chocolate ganache; panna cotta, sorbet

The details:

Koots Salle à Manger
479 Glenferrie Road

Phone: 9822 3809

Lunch - Tuesday to Friday
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday


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