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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Dinner @ Home Dining Room

I can't believe that it's been well over a year since we've had dinner at Home Dining Room so we're more than overdue for a re-visit.

We begin with Knead bakery bread served with olive oil and dukkah and a generous bowl of warm olives flavoured with orange and fennel.

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For our next course we opt for the Taste of Home Grazing Plate

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From the bottom right and going clockwise
duck liver parfait with crispy toasts and pumpkin chutney ~ zucchini and mint fritters with cumin yoghurt ~ smoked lamb with horseradish pannacotta ~ Japanese fried drunken chicken with ginger and wasabi mayo ~ pumpkin seed and blue cheese arancini served with beetroot and pomegranate ~ salt and pepper squid with garlic aioli

It's all very tasty and well made - the squid is tender, the japanese chicken is positively addictive, the arancini are nice and creamy, the pumpkin seed is an unusual touch and works quite well.

Onto mains:

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Eye fillet with roasted vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and mustard crème

A sight that warms the heart of the resident Englishman - eye fillet is cooked correctly and served with a mustard sauce, a good selection of roasted veg and yorkshire pudding.

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Roast pork roulade with crispy smashed sweet potato and mixed bean salad

Really lovely pork - it's not overly fatty and the fat that is there is well cooked to almost dissolve in your mouth.  The crackling is quite nice - theres a crispness to the edges but it's more like chewy caramel, it's soft but not flaccid.


For dessert:

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Sticky date pudding with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce - on a cold night, it doesn't get much better than this. Sweet, sticky and delicious!

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Eton Mess - white chocolate mousse with berry coulis and crushed meringue

I really don't have to say that this was very lovely and should come with a health warning. That is a bit unfair, it is rich but not too rich, the meringes and the coulis do lighten up the dish.



The details:
Home Dining Room
601 Burwood Road
Hawthorn

Phone: 03 9819 5555
Book Online

Open:
Breakfast and Lunch - 7 days
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday
Fully Licensed but offer BYO wine Tuesday to Thursday

www.homediningroom.com.au

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