Thursday, May 15, 2014

Vue de Monde (Melbourne CBD) 05/2014

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For what it's worth readers should be aware that Vue de Monde made no contribution to the cost of this meal, or the drinks.
There is no question that Vue is one of the big occasion restaurants in Melbourne, and just as you can not step into the same river twice, we have never really had the same meal there twice although some courses are repeated.
An interesting feature of the restaurant is an ancient Miele butter churn 




 which is used today.


 
On this occasion the meal began with several deceptively simple amuse bouche.
A small bowel of chips and a dip cam first.

Oyster.
 
Salt cured wallaby. Extremely delicate.

 Rolled up at the table
 
 Jellied apple

 Smoked eel, white chocolate, caviar. An old favourite.

Duck tongue, mountain pepper

BBQ lamb hearts


 Spanish Mackerel, potato, chicken, caviar

Flinders Island lamb, oyster, wild herbs



A herbal infusion
 
 Duck, corn, octopus

Cucumber, wood sorrel,



Frozen at the table with liquid nitrogen



crushed with a wooden mortar
 
 and finished with cucumber ice cream. An astonishingly well matched flavoursome dish





Marron, pine mushroom cream. The most delicate of crustaceans

Soft shell crab, tarragon. Beautifully presented








 Beef tongue, beetroot, bone marrow. I would happily have had a whole meal of this.

Assortment of cheeses, bread, jams, ready for service



 Kale, celery, coconut

Palate cleansers

Chocolate soufflé, quite excellent.

 A selection of petit-fours

 

Jelly two up coins!
 
  These just look like lamingtons they contained a soft meringue

Only the shells facing upwards were chocolate.
We drank 2004 Veuve Clicquot ‘Ponsardin’ RosĂ©, Reims, Champagne AOC, France and particularly enjoyed 2011 Martinborough Terraces Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand
Every aspect of this meal was impeccable. It was exquisite, delicate and beautifully presented. Staff were attentive, efficient and helpful. I could not have asked for anything better. 
In our book certainly the best restaurant in Victoria, the equal of any in Australia and as good as many three Michelin star restaurants at which we have eaten.
Score:19 /20

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