Sunday, 11 November 2012

Super Sunday

We really love our Sundays.

This week we were up early to the dog beach then a necessary trip to Southland shopping centre for work wear for Hubster.

He is a "hit and run" shopper. Hit the shops and get the hell out of there.

Hubster had a most satisfying win on the gees gees on Saturday and so we decided to blow most of our unexpected windfall on a sumptuous lunch.

No need for the bikes, it is just 5 minutes walk from home. The Baths is a fabulous first floor restaurant affording great views of the sea baths, the bay and the city beyond. It's a cracker of a spot.

We perused and pondered the menu with a glass of Janz Tasmanian Sparkling.

We decided to go for the tasting menu, which by Melbourne prices, we thought was very reasonable. We didn't opt for the accompanying wines with each course though. That would have ended with an undignified stagger home I think.

I took some pics of the food but was a bit hasty and actually had begun to tuck in before I remembered the camera.

The Wagyu beef tartare was so delicious, I totally forgot about the pic.

It was also a delight to see the delicious Cropwell Bishop Stilton on the cheese board, all the way from Leicestershire.

By lunch time the dog beach is crowded. Definitely a good call to take the boy early and so lucky to live so close by.

The tasting menu was hard to resist and I was keen to try a coddled egg and the mere mention of truffle and I am sold!

Weapons at the ready!

White Asparagus, coddled egg, with a black garlic vinaigrette and parmesan crisp

Scallops with carrot puree, fennel, gingerbread and Sauternes vanilla dressing
I know what you're thinking about that scallop dish!
What a flaming bonkers combination, looks a bit messy on the plate too, I wasn't eating with my eyes on this one. However, the flavours worked brilliantly and turned out to be one of my favourite dishes.
Poussin, truffle puree, trompette mushroom and baby leeks

Passionfruit, banana and bitter chocolate mousse with salted banana ice-cream and crunchy dehydrated pineapple chips
The salted banana ice-cream was delicious and the whole thing not too sweet. However, Hubster helped me finish that one off.
The cheese platter came with a final flourish of home, the delectable Cropwell Bishop Stilton, served with quince jelly, spiced fruit chutney and dried muscatels.
A truly wonderful 3 hour culinary extravaganza, with beautiful views and my favourite company in the whole world.
Thank you Hubster and your brilliant win on the gee gees.

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