Fruit and Vegetable

The European

161 Spring St, Melbourne 9654 0811

 

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Confit duck and mushroom pie, mustard and prune sauce

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Tortelloni of roast pumpkin, ricotta and pine nuts

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Seasonal mushroom risotto with truffle oil

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Banana and date souffle, caramel and walnut ice cream

Thoughts:

Confit duck and mushroom pie – delectable pastry, enjoyable duck and mushroom filling, overwhelmingly sweet prune sauce = Good

Tortelloni – one word: bland = Not bad

Mushroom risotto – had an unusually high mushroom to risotto ratio, and a lovely aroma of truffle = Not bad

Banana and date souffle – light and fluffy. The banana and date combination made this souffle very sweet = Not bad

 

Overall:

Good service, relaxed atmosphere, food is average and rather pricey for the quality and quantity that you get. Would I come back? Probably not.

 

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The Town Mouse

312 Drummond St, Carlton 9347 3312

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Goat’s cheese profiterole, caraway, thyme & honey

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Crisp beef cheek, whipped white soy cream, black garlic, parsnip & yuzu

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Slow roast red cabbage, prune, parmesan & red apple

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Duck breast, caramelised yoghurt, sprouted wheat, elk leaves & wild mushrooms

Thoughts:

Profiteroles – creamy goat’s cheese encased in crisp pastry accompanied by the sharp taste of caraway and thyme. Regrettably, these were served cold = Not bad

Beef cheek – a combination of exotic ingredients that unfortunately resulted in an okay but unmemorable dish = Not bad

Red cabbage – who knew that you could serve cabbage this way? The sweetness of the cabbage, prunes and apples together with the saltiness of the parmasean resulted in a unique cabbage dish = Good

Duck breast – the duck was a bit chewy but everything else on the plate was delicious. The sprouted wheat provided an interesting texture = Good

Overall:

The menu is small (with everything fitting onto one page) but the ingredients that the chefs use are interesting and adventurous. The food here tastes fresh and is beautifully presented, while the service is good but can be a bit slow at times. The place itself is quite small with all of the seating being bar stools, and the decor feels cool and modern with its shiny black tiles and low hanging lights.

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