House smoked tuna, goats curd, pickled fennel, mustard seeds
This entree was originally served on a different plate and our waiter divided up the contents, hence the careless presentation. The creamy goats curd, sharp fennel and spicy mustard seeds were perfect accompaniments for the wonderfully smoky tuna.
Roasted quail, almond cream, grape bath, vine leaf, red grapes
Crispy tender quail with extremely sweet grapes.
Roast baby snapper, cauliflower, capers
John Dee Black Angus scotch fillet, roasted shallots, harissa and watercress
The harissa was quite mild and did not overpower the tender scotch fillet
Peanut butter parfait, dulce de leche, peanut brittle
The parfait itself was delicious but remarkably rich. Sharing this dessert would be a good idea.
‘A bit of a mess’: strawberry sorbet, frangipane, custard, meringue, Antico Rosso jelly
I first ventured here almost a year ago and I remember being truly impressed with the food. Thus I decided to once again order the five course menu however this time I left feeling disappointed. The food was good but not outstanding (like my previous visit) and the portions served were TINY. (The tuna and quail each took all but three small bites to finish). In fact we ended up having a second dinner someplace else that night. I understand that fancy places tend to have smaller portions and I wouldn’t be grumbling so much had the dishes been more superlative. Perhaps things will be different with the next menu change. On a positive note the service was wonderful and the atmosphere was lively. I really do hope that Punch Lane was just having an off night with their food.
43 Little Bourke St, Melbourne, VIC
(03) 9639 4944