MWFF November Adjunct

November, 2014

Another edition of the Melbourne Wine and Food Festival events, this time in November. We went to several events, all really good with one exception.

10 November – Movida Iron Chef

Back at Movida Aqui for a variation of TV’s Iron Chef. Here the Movida Head Chefs at each of the Movida restaurants cooked a dish on the menu and votes were taken and a winner declared at the end of the evening, including Frank Camorra, our pal.

The Menu

The Menu

Oysters con Mantequilla

Oysters con Mantequilla

Queso Fresco

Queso Fresco

Bacalao (Toothfish) in sweet and sour sauce

Bacalao (Toothfish) in sweet and sour sauce

Wagyu Beef Rib with Smoked Eel

Wagyu Beef Rib with Smoked Eel

Dessert

Dessert

After the vote, the Bacalao was the winner. We thought the fish itself was really good but did not like the sweet and sour sauce that much. The prize winning Chef, none other than Frank Camorra.

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http://movida.com.au/movida-aqui/

15 November – Gingerboy Summer Sessions

The following Saturday we were at Gingerboy – a place we had heard a lot about but had not been to before. It was stunning.

Menu

Menu

Refreshing drink to start

Refreshing drink to start

Sesame Prawn Sticky Rice Balls

Sesame Prawn Sticky Rice Balls

Mongolian Sticky Lamb

Mongolian Sticky Lamb

Tempura Soft Shelled Crab

Tempura Soft Shelled Crab

Cone Bay Barramundi

Cone Bay Barramundi

Satay Curry, Coconut Chicken

Satay Curry, Coconut Chicken

Calpico Sorbet

Calpico Sorbet

Dessert

Dessert

We felt that the meal, wine and service at Gingerboy were stunning. We will definitely be back.

http://www.gingerboy.com.au/

17 November – Age Food Editors Dinner

This event was held at Lucy Liu, a relatively new place in the City which we had not been to before. However, we had been in the building a few times, especially when it was PM24 a delightful French bistro run by the magnificent Phillip Mouchel. That had been part of the Colombaris group but had been passed onto Michael Lambie, Taxi, Barkers, The Smith, etc., and his group.

http://lucylius.com.au/

The Menu

The Menu

Oysters with Ponzu sauce

Oysters with Ponzu sauce

Tempura Soft Shell Crab

Tempura Soft Shell Crab

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Steamed Barramundi

Steamed Barramundi

Seems like I missed out on a couple of the photos of the dishes. Never mind, it was really good stuff. We had a good chat with Hillary and Robyn from Piccolo – page 2 of Tuesday Age Good Food.

20 November – Secret Taste of China

Yet another event in another place that we had not been to before. Man Tong Kitchen in the Crown complex.

http://www.mantongkitchen.com.au/

Once again a stunning menu.

The Menu

The Menu

Hot and Sour Soup with Shredded Duck

Hot and Sour Soup with Shredded Duck

Signature Entree - with Peking Duck

Signature Entree – with Peking Duck

Signature Entree with Chilli Wonton

Signature Entree with Chilli Wonton

Dongbo Pork - Braised Pork Belly

Dongbo Pork – Braised Pork Belly

Wagyu Beef with Enoki Mushroom Rolls

Wagyu Beef with Enoki Mushroom Rolls

Coral Trout Sweet and Sour

Coral Trout Sweet and Sour

Oops, the rest of the photos seem to have gone missing. Nevertheless the next courses were all good too. Another great experience at Man Tong.

22 November – Banquet of the North

Well, yet another stunning banquet from the Flower Drum.

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

Stunning Menu

Stunning Menu

Shanghai dumpling, Pork Bun, Lamb and Cumin skewers

Shanghai dumpling, Pork Bun, Lamb and Cumin skewers

Pork Ribs before Carving and Serving

Pork Ribs before Carving and Serving

Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs

Peking Duck before Serving

Peking Duck before Serving

My serve of Peking Duck

My serve of Peking Duck

Bass Groper Rolls

Bass Groper Rolls

Kung Pow Chilli Wagyu Cheek

Kung Pow Chilli Wagyu Cheek

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

Spicy Dan Dan Noodles

As indicated above, another great Flower Drum special!

25 November – Spice Smackdown

If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. You are hearing the sounds of silence.

Conclusion

BUT, one can say that this November version of the MWFF was stunning, 4 out of 5 ain’t bad.

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