Archive for January, 2008

Treasure Hunt

Posted in Chocolate, Restaurants in Melbourne with tags , on January 23, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

This weekend has indeed been one filled with treasure finds around Melbourne. After dinner on Saturday evening, the Jman had this sudden crazy idea of “let’s go to the bar for a drink” – crazy because he doesn’t even take alcohol! Haha.

Evidently he was stressed and was in need of some chilling, so we went down to Enoteca on Gertrude Street where he’d been before and said was nice, and I hadn’t, and we did the most crazy thing of not having any alcohol at a bar…well, almost.

I wasn’t in the mood for a vino that evening and whiskey, though with an enticing selection, didn’t quite fit the mood either. It was a tad too chilly for cocktails as well, so we did the next best (granny) thing and opted for a peppermint tea and a hot chocolate instead.

Now you can’t get too far with peppermint tea simply ‘cos it’s just straightforward, but where the hot chocolate was concerned, think molten Valrhona “Manjari” pumped with a good dose of rum. Now we’re getting somewhere eh? Now THAT was absolutely to-die-for.

It’s All Greek To Me

Posted in Restaurants in Melbourne with tags , on January 18, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

If there’s anything about Melbourne that I actually think is rave-worthy (which we all know is definitely not the weather), it’s got to be vibrant gastronomical scene that see excellent restaurants mushrooming up all over the city.

I just returned from a work lunch at The Press Club, which serves modern Greek cuisine. With The Age Good Food Guide 2008 Best New Restaurant – Chef Of The Year title firmly tucked behind Chef George Calombaris’s belt, the restaurant certainly looked promising when I sussed it out this morning.

Needless to say, it didn’t disappoint. The bread – which tasted like sourdough ciabatta – was still warm from the oven, absolutely amazing, and the olive oil that accompanied it was totally mindblowing. It was THE best olive oil I’d tasted – full-bodied, pungent, and wow…need I say more?!

For starters, we shared a Mezedes platter amongst ourselves, the Greek counterpart of the Italian antipasto and ordered our own mains. I had a grilled mullet (fish) that came with a variety of sides – a fish croquette, tzatziki, cous cous and pickled zucchini. I also tried some of the fish kebabs that my colleague ordered, and it was absolutely bursting with flavour! Not that I’m a fan of cous cous or anything close to it, but to cut the long story short, The Press Club was nothing less than impressive and it looks like I’m gonna be heading back again soon!

Kitchen Kulture

Posted in Asian Cooking with tags on January 14, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

Cooking is the sort of thing where you’ve got to get “in the mood” for it. There are days when I shift into full gear and cook up a storm (even when no one else is eating), and then there are days when I couldn’t be bothered and eat takeaways instead. Any meal attempted without being “in the mood” usually ends up in disaster.

I got into the cooking mood this evening. It must’ve been a bad case of Monday blues or the fact that the tram disruptions got the better of me, but I came home feeling the urge to cook up something! Anything! I’ve been thinking about cooking Japanese food all week so I rummaged through my pantry (and freezer) and came up with this…

Dinner

Clockwise from top left:
1. All laid out on the dinner table
2. Inari sushi
3. Grilled spanish mackeral marinated in ponzu and served with dipping sauce (kecap manis, shallots, garlic, ginger and chives)
4. Cold tofu with pork floss

Ok so it came with a fusion twist but it was an incredibly healthy, refreshing and satisfying meal.