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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Dinner @ NorthSouth Eatery

We've been joined by Al and Elle for dinner at NorthSouth tonight. To keep us company as we try to decide what to eat we order a couple of snacks to begin with:

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Usually 3 to a serve, they were happy to add another. Good-sized and well made, a lovely creamy interior lies under a crisp shell. We all agreed we could have eaten a whole plate each.

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Meat Stuffed Olives
Just cooked but thankfully not too hot - means you can safely gobble these down without burning your mouth. Olives are nice and plump and still moist, filling is quite tasty.


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Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad with crushed olives
Elle enjoyed her starter but felt the mint leaves were a little too large and tended to overpower - perhaps shredding or ripping them into smaller pieces would be a better balance. The combination of refreshing watermelon and slightly salty cheese is an excellent one.

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Tuna Nicoise
Paalo had seen a photo of this earlier in the day so he already knew what he was going to order. It's odd to say but it's more rustic but yet more refined - the components of the salad have been left in larger pieces. Lovely slices of just seared and beautifully raw tuna top the usual suspects - kipfler potato, green olives, cherry tomatoes, green beans and a perfectly runny egg.

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Cornmeal Crumbed Calamari
Both Al and I opted for the calamari - lovely and tender and lightly coated with cornmeal. Served with a simple fennel, witlof and parsley salad.


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Lemon and Parmesan Crumbed Chicken with Hot Mustard Coleslaw
Paalo and Elle both choose the crumbed chicken - served with its wing attached. It's a simple dish but well executed.

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Spaghetti Carbonara with Poached Egg
Al and I continue our double act by ordering the same main - delicious spaghetti carbonara with a magnificent poached egg. Slice it and watch the yolk ooze out to form the sauce. I really liked having the pancetta presented as thin slices rather than lardons - you got the same amount of flavour but without it being too heavy. The pasta was cooked correctly, so it's thumbs up from the both of us.


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I'm the odd one out - I ordered cheese while the others all ordered Apple Crumble.

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Apple Crumble
Mixed reviews on the crumble - both Elle and Al would have preferred a more buttery crumble topping - this was a little too dry and to quote "a bit like a diet crumble".  Paalo didn't mind the crumble but would have liked the apple cooked a little more and perhaps with a touch more sweetness.

Overall, we had a really enjoyable and relaxing dinner, the environment, service, wine and food all of an excellent standard.

  The details:

  NorthSouth Eatery
  760 Chapel Street
  South Yarra

  Phone: 9827 6221

  Breakfast and Lunch - Monday to Sunday
  Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday

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