Trout

Rustica Canteen

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 Free range roasted cayenne spiced chicken, kale, corn, lime aioli, pumpkin sourdough

★★★★☆

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Grilled brisket, house pickles, gruyere, Russian dressing, watercress, light rye

★★★★☆

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Poached eggs, smashed avo, rustica sourdough

★★★★☆

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Crispy skin vodka cured ocean trout, smoked sea salt, radish green salad, poached eggs, citrus yogurt, light rye toast

★★★★☆

Overall:

Friendly service, great music (classic 80’s and 90’s), delicious food. The bread here is fantastic, making the sandwiches amazing! I also wanted to try their Ispahan croissant except they had unfortunately sold out. My next choice (the Chocolate and Peanut Butter croissant) was also sold out and I wasn’t particularly keen on the almond or the plain, so I must return here soon for the croissants!

Rustica

Rustica Canteen

33 Guildford Lane, Melbourne, VIC

(03) 9642 2203

http://www.rusticacanteen.com/

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Cumulus Up

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Oysters

= ★★★

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Fried chickpeas with spiced salt

= ★★★★★

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Olives and pickles

= ★★★

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Smoked ocean trout, Jerusalem artichoke and lemon

= ★★★★

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Kitchen charcuterie selection (smoked brisket, prosciutto, salami)

= ★★★

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Cracked wheat & freekeh salad with barberries

= ★★★

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Lentil Salad

= ★★★

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Duck waffle, foie gras, prune

= ★★★★

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Roast potatoes and confit garlic

= ★★★

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Lettuce and candied walnut salad

= ★★

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Confit duck leg, parsnip and sauce Bourguingnon

= ★★★★

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Chocolate ice cream sandwich, salted caramel

= ★★★

Overall:

I got really excited as soon as I saw ‘Fried chickpeas’ on the menu as I’ve had them before at Cumulus Inc and found them to be totally amazing. Looking through the menu there were so many things that we wanted to try so we decided to go with the Chef’s Selection. Now this turned out to be the best decision ever as the food was sensational and there was just so much of it! The staff were helpful and professional, and the decor was rustic yet very sleek. If you like Cumulus Inc then you would no doubt like its smaller upstairs sibling. This is certainly a place I would happily return to.

Cumulus Up

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

8658 3110

http://cumulusinc.com.au/up

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Top Paddock

658 Church St, Richmond 9429 4332

 

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 Latte

Well roasted, full-bodied with a toffee-like aroma

= Excellent

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 Chai latte

= Not bad

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Gin and lime cured ocean trout fillet with pickled baby beetroots, potato galette, poached eggs, leaves, goats curd and toast

The presentation of this dish was rather peculiar as everything seemed to be randomly plopped onto a different part of the plate. The trout itself was crispy on the outside and rare on the inside, and went well with the other ingredients on the plate.

= Not bad

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 Pan fried local snapper with chilli-fried egg, avocado, tomato, lime and a corn tortilla

The snapper was tasty but there wasn’t much of it! I also wasn’t a fan of the super dry corn tortilla.

= Not bad

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Blueberry and ricotta hotcake with berries, organic maple, seeds and double cream

OH SO AMAZING! (both in terms of looks and in terms of taste!) The berries added a lovely freshness and the seeds added a nice crunch. I could not get enough of this wonderfully sweet and fluffy hotcake.

= Excellent

And here’s another photo since this dish was so darn pretty:

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Overall:

If you have a sweet tooth, you MUST try the blueberry and ricotta hotcake! Seriously. If not, there are many other interesting items available on the menu such as sticky black gingerbread and soft-shell crab rolls. The service here was average while the decor was simple and chic with plenty of greenery and flowers about which brightened up the whole place. Note that bookings for groups of 4 or more can be made on weekdays.

 

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Cutler & Co.

55-57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy 9419 4888

 

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Seaweed and tapioca cracker with eggplant puree and black sesame

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Rye toast with crème fraîche, smoked trout and Avruga cavier

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Kingfish sashimi, green strawberries, sorrel and apple

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Peas, baby zucchini, toasted seeds, onion and bergamot

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WA marron, buttermilk potato, fermented carrot and Espelette

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Smoked duck breast, boudin noir, beetroot and sour cherry

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Wood grilled beef rib, kohlrabi and sesame

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Cream, watermelon and lychee granita

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Earl grey ice cream, chocolate, cherries and brandy jelly

Overall:

I was very excited to finally try out this place as I am a fan of chef Andrew McConnell having previously dined at his other restaurants Cumulus Inc. and Golden Fields, and absolutely loving the food. Located in an old metal works factory, this restaurant occupies a large interesting space filled with stripped back brick walls, high ceilings, exotic ferns and warm wooden tones. We decided to get the degustation menu (which changes quite often) and were quite impressed with the food served. The only problem with having really delicious degustation food is that before you know it, your plate is empty and you are left wanting more! This is definitely a place that I would visit again.

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Dukes Coffee Roasters

169 Chapel St, Windsor 9521 4884

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House cured ocean trout, heirloom beetroot, goats feta, poached egg, german rye

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Avocado hummus toast, poached eggs, honey candied bacon and dukkah

Thoughts:

House cured ocean trout – ordinary trout, perfectly poached eggs, white/golden/red beetroot and slivers of apple added a nice sweetness, the german rye was extremely tough and chewy = Not bad

Avocado hummus toast – the avocado hummus spread and the honey candied bacon were delicious. However the toast itself was rock hard and impossible to cut! = Not bad

Overall:

I think my expectations for this place were just set too high. After hearing about how great this place was, I was left a little disappointed. The service was average, the food nothing extraordinary and the decor dark and offbeat.

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