Thursday, May 15, 2014

Vue de Monde (Melbourne CBD) 05/2014

* Click on pic's to enlarge them
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.

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’ Rosé, 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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Unknown said...

Hi, I'm wondering if you know the age of this Miele butter churn? If not, do you have any idea how I might find out more about it? I also own a Miele butter churn, and would love to know more about its history and its age. Thanks for sharing these pictures.

Anonymous said...

The Miele butter churn is caller "Meteor" and is from 1901:

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the information!