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.
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.
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.
Once again we felt that Paul’s dish was better so that was our vote for raound 3.
We again voted for Paul’s dish as the favourite.
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.
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.
We absolutely loved this meal and wine too.
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.
I did not get a clear copy of the menu but aspects of it show-up in some of the photos.
There was also a main of Prawns with smashed papaya.
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.
RSR is a part of the Apple and Pears group which looks quite good as well.
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.
Wow! The courses were not served exactly like the menu with some having more than one and some only one.
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.
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.
It was a very good dinner with exciting French wines from Grand Millesime.