Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cafe Vue II

Cafe Vue 401
St Kilda Rd
Melbourne, 3004

Well this is the first time I have done a re-review, however, one could argue that this is really more of an extension. The reason for this is that I finally got to Cafe Vue today for their menu du jour as opposed to their cafe menu.

The thoughts, feelings and sentiments are the same as the previous review so I won't re-hash here.

What I will say though is that the menu du jour takes the same principles and amplifies them. On this occasion it was the two course lunch and on a table of four we were basically left scratching our heads as to how it could be this good for this little. The menu du jour is a choice of 2 courses for $35 and 3 for $45 for lunch and each course has 4 choices.

The consensus was 2 courses main and desert which was unfortunate since I was really keen on the Foie Gras parfait, but another day I guess.

Braised beef cheek with confit potato

The main I ordered was the Braised beef cheek with confit potato, this was a rather large chunk of gelatinous pull apart beef, perfect for a mid winter lunch where the morning temperature was a chilly 3 degrees. Really, the beef was cooked perfectly and came with potato mash, confit potato, beets and Spinach. This by itself was almost worthy of $35.

Blood Orange Tart

Desert was the Blood Orange Tart which was a bit misleading, yes there was a tart crust, yes there was blood orange, but on top was the most rich and wonderful chocolate cream. Seriously this was almost the most chocolatey thing I have had.

The guests at the table were all in awe of their respective deserts and that is really a good thing, so on this re-review, the original cafe menu rating stands, however, the Menu du Jour ramps it up a notch. When all at the table are impressed and all want to come back to try what the others had you know it is a good thing indeeed.

Cafe Vue Menu du Jour - 14.5/20
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Friday, August 13, 2010

Blossom Esspresso (Blossom Espresso)

Shp 10/ 0 Freshwater Pl
Southbank, VIC, 3006

Located in the food alley of Freshwater place is a great little hole in the wall cafe that not only does great coffee which is up to the standard of the likes of St Ali, but also does great food in a sea of mediocrity in the lunch space. This little place gas become my preferred lunch spot within the south bank area and with good reason.

The cafe does have the usual range of sandwiches for those on the go, but it also does a short list of hot food that changes daily and that is where the action is at. Goulash, 18 hour lamb, empanadas, green thai curry are just a few of the dishes that rotate here and all have been delicious washed down with their excellent coffee.

I think this is the kind of place if I were to go in to the food business that I would do, good food, short menu that rotates daily and great coffee.
For me it is definately worth an extra 5 minute walk over closer options and easily has the best coffee in the Southbank area.

Blossom Espresso - Recommended.
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