2015

This page is to be used for recording a few events that occur, surprisingly, in year 2015

Melbourne Wine and Food Festival – March, 2015

We have been attending Melbourne Wine and Food Festival events for several years. We used to go really crazy with as many as 10+ events in 14 days. In recent years we have slowed that down dramatically but this year retroed a little bit – going to 4 functions in five days. They were all really good and we were glad we went to them all in spite of a bit of a marathon. Each of the functions we attended with Kate and David Rosner.

I cannot really decide which one of the four was the best, they were all great.

11 March, Ms Collins – Wilson vs Wilson Cook-off

Two well known Melbourne chefs named Wilson competed over 4 courses each at Ms Collins, a relatively new venue in an old favourite location. These were Paul Wilson, now of Iceberg doing his South American themed dishes and Daniel Wilson of Huxtable doing his Asian themed dishes.

The Battle Lines

The Battle Lines

Round 1

TUNA & WATERMELON CEVICHE WITH POMEGRANATE & ROSE - Daniel Wilson

TUNA & WATERMELON
CEVICHE WITH
POMEGRANATE & ROSE – Daniel Wilson

SCALLOP, COCONUT, CHILLI & KAFFIR LIME CEVICHE - Paul Wilson

SCALLOP, COCONUT, CHILLI & KAFFIR LIME CEVICHE – Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson’s dish of Scallop Ceviche was a stunning dish as was Daniel’s. We were to vote after every round and I could not decide between the two so called it a tie.

Round 2

QUAIL ALMOND & DATE ANTICUDOS WITH AMARILLO SALSA - Paul Wilson

QUAIL ALMOND & DATE
ANTICUDOS WITH
AMARILLO SALSA – Paul Wilson

CHICKEN KARAAGE SKEWERS WITH YUZU MAYO & TOGARASHI - Daniel Wilson

CHICKEN KARAAGE
SKEWERS WITH YUZU
MAYO & TOGARASHI – Daniel Wilson

I loved the Karaage and it is a favourite of mine in general. However, to mine the dish of the night was the Quail. So I voted for Paul on this one. David awarded another tie.

Round 3

SPENCER GULF PRAWNS AL PASTOR STYLE WITH PICKLED PINEAPPLE, NATIVE LIME & TEQUILA SALSA - Paul Wilson

SPENCER GULF PRAWNS
AL PASTOR STYLE WITH
PICKLED PINEAPPLE,
NATIVE LIME & TEQUILA SALSA – Paul Wilson

PRAWN & KAFFIR LIME LARB, ICEBERG CUP & CRISP SHALLOTS - Daniel Wilson

PRAWN & KAFFIR
LIME LARB, ICEBERG CUP
& CRISP SHALLOTS – Daniel Wilson

Once again we felt that Paul’s dish was better so that was our vote for raound 3.

Round 4

RED MOLE GLAZED LAMB WITH PEA & FARRO SALAD WITH GOATS CREMA - Paul Wilson

RED MOLE GLAZED LAMB
WITH PEA & FARRO SALAD
WITH GOATS CREMA – Paul Wilson

RARE VIETNAMESE BEEF SALAD WITH LEMONGRASS, LIME & RICE PADDY HERB - Daniel Wilson

RARE VIETNAMESE BEEF SALAD
WITH LEMONGRASS,
LIME & RICE PADDY HERB – Daniel Wilson

We again voted for Paul’s dish as the favourite.

Conclusion

We all adjourned to another bar as there was a second shift of diners to try these dishes out. At the bar it was announced that Paul Wilson had been our group’s winner, we don’t know who won the second sitting. BTW: they served some interesting cocktails with the meal.

http://www.mscollins.com.au/

All in all Ms Collins is looking very promising with food dishes from Paul Wilson, Daniel Wilson and and Dan Poyner. Very exciting.

10 March, Gingerboy – A journey from North to South

We had quite enjoyed Gingerboy in the wine and food month late last year so signed up for this one too. Once again, really good.

The Carte

The Carte

Nam Prik Num - Rice Cracker with Pork Crackling

Nam Prik Num – Rice Cracker with Pork Crackling

Photos of Many of the Drinks too

Photos of Many of the Drinks too

North - Crying Tiger Beef Salad

North – Crying Tiger Beef Salad

South - Chicken Skewers

South – Chicken Skewers

Served with this dry riesling

Served with this dry riesling

Central - Papaya Salad

Central – Papaya Salad

Served with this Tassie beauty

Served with this Tassie beauty

Whole deep fried snapper

Whole deep fried snapper

Served with this Tassie Pinot

Served with this Tassie Pinot

Massaman Lamb Shoulder Curry  served with a Craiglee Cabernet

Massaman Lamb Shoulder Curry served with a Craiglee Cabernet

North and South - mixed desserts

North and South – mixed desserts

Served with this Late Harvest Hungarian Tokay

Served with this Late Harvest Hungarian Tokay

We absolutely loved this meal and wine too.

http://gingerboy.com.au/

8 March – Red Spice Road – Laneway Tasting

We have attended several Red Spice Road special dinners and they generally have been quite good. This one was no exception. This time the set-up is a very long table on the laneway outside of RSR – McKillop Street.

We were about half way along

We were about half way along

I did not get a clear copy of the menu but aspects of it show-up in some of the photos.

Sweet Potato Fritters

Sweet Potato Fritters

Watermelon with Duck Relish

Watermelon with Duck Relish

Potato and Lamb Cakes

Potato and Lamb Cakes

Pulled Chicken with Chinese Celery

Pulled Chicken with Chinese Celery

Pork Belly with Chilli Caramel

Pork Belly with Chilli Caramel

Burmese Beef Curry Cheek

Burmese Beef Curry Cheek

There was also a main of Prawns with smashed papaya.

Desserts

Desserts

JV enjoying herself

JV enjoying herself

The food provided excellent variety and flavours, which is why we go to these things. There was plenty of wine, we drank a King Valley Sangiovese Cabernet. The waitress for our group of patrons was really good and her service tremendous. The weather held up well. All in all a stunning day.

http://redspiceroad.com/

RSR is a part of the Apple and Pears group which looks quite good as well.

http://apeg.co/

7 March – Flower Drum – Eight Culinary Traditions Yum Cha 2015

Our first event of the MWF was at the Flower Drum which you pretty much always guarantee will be really good. And this one was too. Initially I thought that maybe 8 course of yum cha might not be enough food been then thought that even 8 dim sims might just about do me in. When we saw the menu, I was blown away.

Eight courses of Dim Sims?

Eight courses of Dim Sims?

Wow! The courses were not served exactly like the menu with some having more than one and some only one.

Beef + Pork and Prawn Siu Mai

Beef + Pork and Prawn Siu Mai

Chicken Jiaozhi and Prawn & Garlic  Fried Fun Gor

Chicken Jiaozhi and Prawn & Garlic Fried Fun Gor

3 Treasure Pan Fried Cakes

3 Treasure Pan Fried Cakes

Quail and Oyster San Choi Bao

Quail and Oyster San Choi Bao

Duck Rice Noodle Roll

Duck Rice Noodle Roll

Pan Fried Pork Pei Pa Tofu

Pan Fried Pork Pei Pa Tofu

The Small Steamer Basket that delivered a lot of the dim sims

The Small Steamer Basket that delivered a lot of the dim sims

Steamed BBQ Pork Bun plus Fried Black Truffle Scallop Toast

Steamed BBQ Pork Bun plus Fried Black Truffle Scallop Toast

Glutinous Sticky Fried Rice and Seasonal Vegies

Glutinous Sticky Fried Rice and Seasonal Vegies

The 4 desserts

The 4 desserts

Again, stunning in toto. One can’t really go wrong at the Flower Drum. (As I write this I am scheduled to go to FD tomorrow night). Our favourite restaurant. We ordered wine separate from the main meal which was quite reasonable given the price charged.

http://www.flower-drum.com/

20 January – Steer Bar and Grill

We have been to Steer several times for good steaks etc. This was a special dinner put on by Grand Millesime Fine Wines.

Scallop and Crab

Scallop and Crab

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Paul, the maitre d' delivering the beef ribeyes

Paul, the maitre d’ delivering the beef ribeyes

Carved Rib Eye

Carved Rib Eye

On my plate

On my plate

It was a very good dinner with exciting French wines from Grand Millesime.

http://www.grandmillesime.com.au/

http://www.steerbarandgrill.com.au/

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