As usual we go for the degustation but choose wine by the glass.
A small tray bearing spices to flavour bread after dipping it in the heavy extra virgin olive oil proves to be so good we have to ask for more. The sesame seed, sea salt dashi, bonnito (dry fish skin flakes) and nori and the sweet salt combinations are specially appealing.
The first course, an oyster shooter in a lightly wasabi flavoured mirin, is accompanied by a mini nori roll and an amuse bouche, a small tasty dumpling. The whole lot is but a mouthful but it’s full of unusual and interesting taste sensations
This was followed by a dish which would be unidentifiable without the assistance of the waiter, which was the case with most of the offerings. Anchovy crusted swordfish with beetroot, pomelo and Persian fetta salad with salsa verde.
This is a colourful meal, far to complex to consider for home cooking. Every aspect of the meal is at an extremely professional level. Definitely one of Melbournes’ best restaurants with French international background to delicately south east Asian additions making unique tastes and textures .
Wines are expensive
Price Degustation $135 with wine $235 A la carte starters about $26, mains about $45