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Rumi

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Crispy fried whiting, tahini sauce, dukka

★★★☆☆

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Sigara boregi with haloumi, feta and kasseri

★★★★☆

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King prawns, olive oil, lemon myrtle salt

★★★★☆

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Fried cauliflower, sweet onions, currants, pine nuts

★★★★★

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Fish of the day

★★★★☆

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Macadamia baklava ice cream sandwich

★★★☆☆

Overall:

Modern Middle Eastern fare at its best. The food was fantastic as was the quick friendly service. We had no idea what to order and our waitress was extremely helpful with her recommendations. I am certainly returning and am also looking forward to visiting the owners’ other restaurant The Moor’s Head.

Rumi

116 Lygon Street, Brunswick, VIC

(03) 9388 8255

http://rumirestaurant.com.au/

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Lemon and Coriander Hummus

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Recipe:

  • 400g can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup water (depending on how thick you want your hummus to be)
  • small bunch of coriander, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chilli sauce (optional but recommended!)

 

Method:

Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until fully combined and smooth. Spoon into a bowl and serve.

 

Overall:

Super tasty, super quick and super easy. ANYONE can make this.

Micheli’s Wood Fire Pizza & Pasta

21-25 Heatherdale Rd, Ringwood 9873 7079

 

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Prosciutto Wood Fire Pizza

(garlic and herb base, fresh fior di latte cheese, fresh rocket, prosciutto crudo, olive oil, grana parmesan)

Generous toppings (especially the prosciutto!) served on a delicious garlic and herb base

★★★

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Spaghetti Marinara

(selection of seafood pan fried in garlic oil in Napoli sauce)

Well cooked spaghetti, watery sauce

★★

 

Overall:

Great pizza, speedy service, simple and relaxed atmosphere.

 

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Ten Minutes By Tractor

1333 Mornington-Flinders Rd, Main Ridge 5989 6455

 

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Olive and multigrain bread served with caramelised Myrtleford butter, pink salt and olive oil

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Yellow beetroot, quinoa, goats curd

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Grilled pear, quince, brioche

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Red Hill Somers Soft goats cheese, roast pumpkin, chickpea, green beans, hazelnut vinaigrette

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Roasted Whiting fillet, fried mussel, confit tomatoes, fennel, olive oil pomme purée

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Mustard glazed quail, onion & pearl barley risotto, peppered pancetta and mulled wine apples,

served with freshly baked brioche

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Roasted wallaby loin, beetroot, parsnip, chestnut cream, quinoa, fig jus

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Tamarillo sorbet

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Michel Cluizel chocolate & hazelnut pavé, honey ice cream, poached pears

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Brie and crackers

 

Overall:

We opted for the five course degustation menu which turned out to be the right choice as we were already quite sated by the fourth course. The food was beautifully presented and each dish comprised of fresh, well complemented  ingredients. However the standout item for me was without a doubt the EXTRAORDINARY caramelised Myrtleford butter! Served warm, it was exquisitely creamy yet light and had a delicious hint of sweetness to it. The cheese served here was also divine and is well worth trying. The decor was polished, and the service was professional yet slightly stand-offish. The dining room offers splendid views of the winery but only seats around 50 people so reservations are recommended as this place does get busy. It was a lovely experience but the only reason why I would come back would be for the butter.

 

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Tutto Bene

Shop M28 Southgate Plaza, Southbank 9696 3334

 

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Bread and olive oil

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Slider of the day

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Zucca risotto

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Anatra risotto

Thoughts:

Bread and olive oil – Tutto Bene’s very own brand of award winning olive oil is simply marvellous! Robust and fruity, the olive oil here is definitely something special and is even available for purchase = Excellent

Slider – crumbed scallops with celeriac and truffle = Good

Zucca – roasted butternut pumpkin, sage, crushed toasted walnuts and Taleggio. The sweetness of the pumpkin combined with the aromatic Taleggio cheese and the addition of walnuts for added crunch made this dish very enjoyable = Excellent

Anatra – organic duck, porcini mushroom and sage. Whenever I have risotto anywhere, I somehow always compare it to this one. With generous amounts of succulent duck, this simple dish is mouthwateringly delicious. My only concern is that it has become saltier these days than how it used to be (I must remember to tell them to add less salt next time), but I still love this dish anyway = Excellent

 

Overall:

The translation of Tutto Bene in Italian is “everything’s good” and it is a very fitting name for this restaurant. The food here is fantastic, particularly their risottos which are one of their house specialities. Be sure to also try their terrific in-house produced gelati (note that flavours vary from season to season). The service here is generally excellent, while the dark elegant decor and amazing views of the Melbourne city skyline provide a wonderful dining atmosphere.

 

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The Last Piece

7/2 Stadium Circuit, Mulgrave 9545 3040

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Spiced school prawns with saffron aioli

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Chunky chips with aioli

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Hunter & collectors pizza – tomato, roasted chicken, peppers, flor di latte, olives and mushroom

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I like italian sausage pizza – tomato, fior di latte, pork & fennel salsiccia, broccollini, cherry tomato and oregano

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Penne grande with pork & fennel sausage, broccolini, cherry tomatoes, fresh chilli and white wine

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Chocolate fondant with salted caramel ice cream

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Flourless orange cake with blood orange sorbet

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Spanish doughnuts with vanilla custard and nutella

Thoughts:

Prawns – the batter was unfortunately too hard and was difficult to cut, but the saffron aioli was nice = Not bad

Chips – regular chunky chips = Not bad

Hunters and collectors/I like italian sausage pizza – freshly made thin pizza bases with a decent amount of topping = Not bad

Penne – pasta was a bit undercooked = Not bad

Chocolate fondant – dense and tasted quite eggy, while the salted caramel ice cream was overly salty = Not bad

Orange cake – extremely moist and left a distinct orange peel aftertaste, while the sorbet was sweet and citrusy (tasted just like blood orange soft drink)  = Not bad

Spanish doughnuts – are a different shape and are slightly more dense than regular doughnuts, but otherwise taste pretty much the same = Not bad

 

Overall:

An average pizza and pasta place located in a newly developed residential area that happens to overlook Waverley Park oval (where the Hawthorn football club train). Service was good (although our waitress wanted to clear our plates time and time again before we had even finished eating), and the atmosphere was friendly and relaxed.

 

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Spaghetti and meatballs

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Recipe from Taste.com.au

 

Overall:

For my first ever attempt at making meatballs, I thought the results were pretty darn fantastic! The alterations I made to the recipe were:

  • using both pork and beef mince (to give the meatballs more moisture)
  • adding grated carrot, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper and chilli (chilli makes everything taste better)
  • substituting the basil with coriander (didn’t have any basil in the house)
  • baking the meatballs instead of pan frying them (less effort and is more healthy)

Very easy and very tasty. I will definitely be making these again soon!