Sunday, April 10, 2005
REGRETABLY LANTANA HAS JOINED THE RANKS OF DECEASED RESTAURANTS!
Introduction: At the top of Little Bourke St. (No. 35) this is another very good Melbourne restaurant
Ambience: Very congenial feeling about the place
Service: Perky waiter prompt and attentive Offered more bread (excellent sourdough w olive oil and balsamic) without having to be asked. Butter also available of course.
Food: Beautifully prepared. Top quality ingredients. The Red Emporer on a bed of mashed potato and Wasabi with watercress salad, pickled ginger and salmon caviar was an excellent combination. The lamb rump on a bed of spiced pilau was a special. Very much to my taste. Fries were crisp and a good size serve. The chocolate sorbet with the Marjolaine terrine worked brilliantly with the butterscotch cream and Turkish jelly (Delight) The black trufle icecream between almond shortbread biscuits was nice but not exciting.
Wine: A good list.
Price: Entrees $18 Mains $29 - 36 Desserts $15
Comments: Chef Michael Van Warmelo's talents are worth further exploration. His food is attractively presented without being unduly fussy Have a look at their web page www.lantana.com.au