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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

European Vacation - Scandinavia

We sadly come to the last in this series of European Vacation with Raymond Capaldi - the final destination is Scandinavia which explains why Abba is playing during dinner.

As with the previous dinners there are some options - in this case the first is a Tribute to Noma.

matteo's© by Haalo

Delicately smoked, soft and gelatinous, oozy explosions of eggy goodness

matteo's© by Haalo

The whole pot was generously filled with a delicate and fluffy tarragon cream topped with a crunchy malt soil, into which spankingly fresh radishes had been planted. What surprised me is that most people just ate the radish and left the tops behind.

To Drink: Carlsberg Pale Lager, Elderflower Vodka Martini


matteo's© by Haalo

To drink: 2007 Delatite Sylvia Kabinett Style Riesling

A delicate and refined offering - it teases you with the aroma of smoked eel and then charms you with it's light touch.


matteo's© by Haalo

To Drink: 2005 Bannockburn The Estate Shiraz

The belly is rolled and stuffed with a sausage like farce, the skin a good blend of crunch and caramel like chewiness. Those celeriac sticks coated in hay ash are a real taste sensation.

~Side Dishes~

matteo's© by Haalo

There's a subtle flavour of beer to these slightly firm onions

matteo's© by Haalo

The carrots still have a nice bite to them, the pork greaves just shatter in your mouth

matteo's© by Haalo

A stand out salad where each mouthful offers a new combination of flavours.

A salute to Rene Redzepi of Noma for putting Nordic food on the world stage.

matteo's© by Haalo

To Drink: 2005 Late Harvest Viognier

A dessert that isn't obvious and probably did stretch some people but for myself, I really did enjoy it. I think the key that bound the goat milk curd and iced sorrel was that thin, translucent sheet of anise caramel. It give you an initial crunch which then became chewy, which in turn released a refreshing anise flavour that cleansed your palate.

~To Finish~

matteo's© by Haalo

To finish off both an amazing month of dinners and to celebrate a rather stunning celebration of Scandinavian cusine, it's fitting that we end with Aquavit. If you managed to attend all of the dinners I think you'd agree, we've experienced something quite special.

matteo's© by Haalo

No meal is really complete without a peek into the kitchen where all the hard work is done.

The details:

533 Brunswick Street, Nth Fitzroy
Phone: 9481 1177

Lunch: Sunday-Friday from noon
Dinner: 7 days from 6pm




  1. Unfortunately we missed out on the first three experiences, but we managed to make it to the fourth one - and we loved it. My husband wasn't quite sure what to expect with a Scandanavian theme but he left impressed. His favourite dishes were the dessert and pork, whilst mine were the turnips and a tie between the dessert and beetroot salad. What did you think of the aquavit, my husband tried it and found it quite strong (in a good way though). Any idea of what Raymond Capaldi will be doing next?

  2. raymond18:12

    Hi Chanel11

    Thank you for your kind words,there is more european vacation to come probably kicks of at late August/early September,working on it now
    My new project has been delayed 1 1/2 years so
    hopefully we here in august that we can start fitting out in September for opening in MARCH 2010...My own website will be up soon which will give a list of what is happening would have seen your favourite chef of your favourite restaurant persimmon..was there Tuesday ...there will be news on this site and toma tom or on Matteos website soon....Happy cooking Raymond Capaldi

  3. Hi Raymond,

    awesome news - I will keep an eye out for future matteo nights and also your new venture as I never got to see you at Fenix :(.
    Yes, we did see Terry on Tuesday and we will be seeing him at Persimmon this Sunday (we originally went last year as we heard you had designed the menu and we kept going because we love the food (and we have also managed to take almost every member of our family there). Looking forward to tasting more of your creations in the future.


  4. Hi Chanel
    Thanks have a great time Sunday at Persimmon
    and hope to catch up one one event
    hopefully have news of the new venue by end August ...
    will drop you a line on your blog when is confirmed ...all the best in your blogs
    enjoy sunday


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