Melbourne is definitely a city full of events and most importantly food events :) one of the most popular would have to be Taste Of Melbourne. It’s an annual event that many foodies like myself look forward to going ~
We then rushed over to Movida, Mr Bao had been bugging me about going to Movida…so this was the perfect time for him to get a taste ~ we were surprised to see Executive Chef Frank Camorra serving the Fideua Mejillones.
The Fideua Mejillones reminds me very much like a paella but instead of Spanish rice it had braised pasta with mussels and calamari. It was extremely fragrant with paprika and the sweetness from the mussels ~ Mr Bao immediately wanted another one!
You know I’m not a lamb eater, but Mr Bao sure is so he got the Pinchitos Morunos which were chargrilled Moorish Lamb skewers. Mr Bao loved the chargrilled flavour and the tenderness of the lamb, he had 2 skewers both times we visited :P However, the bread on the end of the skewer was a little dry and bland.
Spanish food wouldn’t be complete without Spanish beer :) So we got the Moritz beer, never seen or had this before, it was a strong ‘malt’ tasting beer, which I was surprised I liked, as I normally like lighter tasting beers.
Then it as my turn to run to Mamasita! I have been dying to try Mamasita, but because of the crazy long lines…I still haven’t had the courage to go and wait for more than 2 hours for dinner :P But I have heard SO much about the famous ‘corn’!
The ‘Elotes Callejeros’ the ‘street style’ corn did not disappoint ~ it was buttery, covered with parmesan cheese and chilli flakes! I seriously don’t know what else they do to it…but it was just so addictive!
We also had the Taco de lengua which was a Braised Ox Taco topped, the meat was so succulent and in the soft taco, I only had one tiny bite because Mr Bao wouldn’t let go!
We went back the next day and got Taco de pescado which was a market fish taco, I was worried at first that the fish taco was going to be ‘fishy’ but not at all! It had a slight crunch and paired up so well with veggies :)
I have seen really nice photos of the dessert they do at Taxi Dining Room, so was disappointed when they only had 3 savoury dishes. But then I was proven wrong… the stick pork was AMAZING! We loved everything about it! Soft, juicy and spicy :)
However, I do agree with other blogger’s comments and that it was quite expensive for 8 crowns you only got a tiny piece and sizes were very inconsistent. Some people got much larger pieces :(
We also tried the Tempura King prawns with smoked chilli mayonnaise, we liked smoked chilli mayonnaise, but found the tempura batter to be a little thick and once again over priced 10 crowns for only two small prawns.
Saké Restaurant & Bar has recently opened up at the revamped Hamer Hall at the Arts Centre, and even though I work around the corner I haven’t visited :) We chose the Tonkatsu Cups with panfried pork belly, mustard miso and barbecue sauce served in a lettuce cup. I really enjoyed it! Thought the pork belly was perfectly fried, but would have liked more barbecue sauce. While Mr Bao complained it was too small, so typical.
Kirk was also with us for one of the nights, and couldn’t resist the lovely lady at the Albert St Food & Wine stall who kept yelling out “Try the Number 1 dish at Taste of Melbourne, our Minted Mermaid”. Apparently this pea and mint soup with smoked salmon and apple was voted the number dish at this years event. I had a little sip and even though I liked it…I’m really not a fan of chilled soups, I’m so silly I was tempted to ask them to reheat it for me :P
Another lamb dish! Mr Bao were totally in love with these Dorper Lamb ribs with pea and mint. I have to admit, I did have a little bite and could see why he liked them it wasn’t at all gamey with a nice mint flavour. According to Mr Bao good value too only 6 crowns for 2 ribs….yup he went back for more…
The Atlantic the super well known and expensive seafood restaurant at Crown Casino, we tried all 3 dishes plus the icon dish with Kirk :)
Starting from the Tempura Soft Shell Crab with jalapeno and ponzo (left), we all enjoyed it, super crispy but not oily at all. We ordered another plate because it was so good ~ I will go to The Alantic for these soft shell crabs! Then it was the Altantic Prawn Cocktail (top) with spanner crab, scallop, Moreton bay bug, prawn, iceberb lettuce, rockmelon, basil and soft boiled quil egg, so many elements to this prawn cocktail! It was definitely by far one of the best ones we’ve had ~ Then the icon dish Spaghettini with Moreton Bay Bug, sadly I didn’t get the try this! The boys said it was delish and just finished it within seconds… Definitely have put The Atlantic on my wish list :)
I swear Mr Bao purposely ordered all the lamb dishes! We walked past The Botanical and I wasn’t going to try anything, but Mr Bao couldn’t help get a Lamb burger with truffled mayonnaise. He enjoyed it, but commented that there was too much mayonnaise which made it a little too rich and hard to eat.
There was also the Sustainable pop-up store from Bishop of Ostia and Pope Joan, which I just did a post about a couple of days ago and enjoyed the food there ~
I haven’t figured out the meaning behind Bishop of Ostia ~ but that’s not important, was was important was the Crispy NZ regal King Salmon wings with chilli salt! I have never heard of or seen salmon wings, but they are seriously the best part of the salmon.
Such a simple dish but the salmon wings were so soft and super easy to eat, just like a chicken win :) I wonder if we can buy them at the local seafood store? Really want to remake these at home… or will just go to Bishop of Ostia for more ~
Now that’s all the savoury dishes we had ~ but wait for my sweet post with all the desserts and sweet things we had :P Before we left, we grabbed a cocktail from the Cointreau stall and I don’t remember what it was exactly but it was quite strong with mint and lemon flavours. Great way to end the night!
I much prefer this years venue more than the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton last year, it was more like a spring festival with live music and great scenery. However, I agree with Ms I-Hua that some of the scenery was blocked by the moveable toilets >_< I would have also liked to see more seating available as it was hard to buy all these little dishes and find a place to eat them.
Did you go to the Taste of Melbourne this year? If you didn’t I definitely would recommend you going next year ~ even though it can be quite expensive, its nice to be able to try dishes from so many restaurants :)