I’m in one of my favourite cities in Australia – Melbourne.
Melbourne has a great food culture – one that I am happy to explore each time I’m here for a visit. You can choose from numerous amounts of fantastic cafes, bakeries, pasticcerie and restaurants. It’s so easy to get around especially on a tram and it doesn’t take long before stumbling upon another great spot to crab a coffee, pastry or a meal. And if it’s a macchiato you’re after – make sure to know whether you’d like it long or short as that’s the choice you’ll be given here.
Here are some of our little food ventures so far:-
Baker D. Chirco
What a great little bakery. Located on Faraday Street in Carlton, its front facade is full of charm and character.
Inside the design is funky and has a wonderful backdrop to showcase the scrumptious handmade products. We purchased a Rhubarb tart and a Pork & Fennel Calzone.
All were mouth-watering which is to be expected of fresh ingredients that are hand mastered.
Brunetti has a new home – a much larger venue on Lygon St, Carlton. I use to love visiting Brunetti’s for a coffee & a ricotta cannoli when it was situated around the corner on Faraday St, but I’ve got to say that this new abode is too big for me and doesn’t have the same old Italian charm. It takes up about five shop lengths – a snake – through a shopping arcade and as a result has lost its vantage street vista.
I also feel that its products have suffered as well! Mass production loses authenticity and flavour and I’m sad to say that this is the case here as well.
You must try one of the great little cafes for coffee in this laneway. It’s always a happening place and great fun to be in a laneway.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
One of my first ever fine dining experiences was at Rockpool in The Rocks, Sydney over 20 years ago. The meals were exquisite and the service was faultless. Rockpool Bar & Grill, Melbourne continues the tradition of excellent service although the meals were not of the same standard. I selected the King Prawns with Goats Cheese Tortellini – the flavour was there but the actual tortellino was just warm as was the king prawns.
My main dish was Wagyu Chunk Braised in Red Wine with Germolata and Potato Puree. Unfortunately, the meal was too big and the potato puree took over the dish. The wagyu chunk did full apart and melt in my mouth, but there was something amiss in the red wine jus – it didn’t have a balanced flavour.
The dark interiors with little lighting creates a very seductive atmosphere – more appropriate for couples, but not so happening when dining with your sis and 2 year old child (the waiter did read our minds and turned our table light to the brightest setting).
I’ll be sharing more of our little food finds over the next few days so stay tuned.