I can’t believe its already July 🙂 Time seriously flies! This is the first time in probably 6 years where I am actually here in Melbourne ~ when I was at Uni, I’m usually in HK visiting family and enjoying the hot and humid summer over there ~ but nope…i’m an official working gal now so no more holidays >_< Do you celebrate Christmas in July? I didn’t really have the time, but next year I have made a promise to myself to make a big deal about Christmas in July hehe it’s important I get to celebrate Christmas twice a year because it’s one of my favourite holidays 😀
Moving on, I wanted to share with you, our experience at The Sharing House in South Wharf ~ It’s a relatively new area and I never knew there were restaurants there, I usually go there for the South Wharf DFO, do my shopping and leave. But now I have another reason to go woo hoo!
Prior to visiting, I didn’t know much about The Sharing House ~ but after reading up on Ms I-Hua and Peach Water’s great reviews, I found out that Paul Mathis is the mastermind behind it, who also owns Henry and the Fox, Akochochin, Coffeehead, Taxi Dining Room and a couple more 🙂 WOW pretty impressive especially in the current economy conditions where even celebrity chefs are forced to close down their restaurants.
Mr Bao is addicted to Lego and even though he is 24… he will STILL buy Lego sets lol gosh he’s such a kid 😛 so he particularly liked the bar and how it was all built with Lego interesting fact I found from Jan’s post was that The Sharing House spent more than $12,000AUD just on Lego pieces!
I took Ms I-Hua’s advice and made sure I booked way in advance, especially since Mr Bao and I went on a Friday night ~ it was quite busy, but because we got there at nearly 8:30pm I think the first batch of people had already finished dinner and left 🙂
Mr Bao decided to ‘drink’ that night, meaning I’d be the Designated Driver that night…which is fine because I don’t really drink and would rather save my money and calories for MORE dessert 😀 He’s a little obsessed about Apple Cider so he immediately ordered the ‘Lucky Duck’ Apple Cider that is Made In Melbourne. He really enjoyed it saying it was very “refreshing and hahaha took me to cloud 9 after a long day at work” OKAY…I think he was just exaggerating hahaha I had a sip and thought it was a normal cider with alcohol in it sorry to me, I reckon its a little overpriced 😛
Everyone I’ve talked to who have gone to The Sharing House recommended the Rabbit Popcorn, I was a little apprehensive, especially since, I’ve actually never had Rabbit before I was really worried that it would taste very ‘gamey’ and like ‘venison’ with a strong taste. But Jan and Ms I-hua made it simply too irresistible so I stepped out of my comfort zone and ordered the rabbit popcorn! It was AMAZING! It tasted just like chicken popcorn but BETTER 🙂 And just like how Jan described it was like a ‘lottery, you don’t know if you’re going to get rabbit or cauliflower’ ~
I swear Mr Bao took ALL the rabbit because I only had a couple of rabbit pieces and the rest were all cauliflower…we also loved the garlic aioli it was so addictive, hahaha Mr Bao even wanted to ask for more.
We had a little trouble with the menu because there were simply too many things to choose from, ranging from their small sharing to the large sharing and their small pizzas. But the thing that caught my eye was the ‘Fondue’ because I do love my cheese ~ however, it just wasn’t the fondue I wanted it to be lol I expected it to be the full-fledged fondue served in a traditional fondue pot…but nope it was simply a camembert cheese that was melted, served with cut vegetables and crusty bread.
Even though this wasn’t the fondue I expected, it was still delicious 🙂 we particularly liked the crusty bread that came with it ~ perfect for dipping in the melting camembert cheese ~ We’re not sure if they make it in house or if they sauce it from an external bakery but either way the bread was GOOD 😀 crispy on the outside and every so soft on the inside hehe
Jan had warned me that it was a HUGE pork belly 🙂 so I was a little worried but was relieved when it was delivered to our table, it wasn’t as big as I thought it would be and was confident that Mr Bao could polish it off all by himself without my help 😛 Yup he consumes a LOT of food hahaha I’m sure Lianne (Food Made With Love) and Julie (I Dream In Chocolate) will know exactly what I’m saying ~
The pork belly was roasted perfectly! So juicy and tender ~ and it wasn’t overly salty or too bland. However, the crackling wasn’t as ‘crispy’ as we expected it to be and it was really sticky lol we had chewing it because it’ll stick on our teeth. But the salsa verde and the beetroot and walnut salad was simply divine! I’m not usually a fan of beetroot, but with the crushed walnuts and rocket it blended really well with each other ~
Time for desserts ~ Mr Bao was surprisingly full from the pork belly lol but I can never leave without at least trying ONE or TWO desserts hahaha and he knew if he didn’t get a dessert to share with me, he wouldn’t hear the end of it 😛 I’ll be complaining all the way home.
I saw other people ordering this and immediately wanted to get it for dessert, it had the cutest name and I love anything that’s mini because it means I can eat even MORE of it 😛 From the left the flavours were – strawberry, vanilla bean, mint chocolate chip, pedro ximenez, pistachio and limoncello. We really liked the vanilla bean, strawberry and limoncello, however, the mint chocolate chip tasted a little too much like ‘toothpaste’ and the pistachio had a strange taste, I couldn’t really tell it was ‘pistachio’. A slight let down with the ice-cream, but still its soooooo cute!
I had a little trouble deciding between the Afternoon Tea a range of pastries and tarts or this Chocolate Delice, it was simply too hard to turn down salted caramel 🙂 so that’s what we decided on.
Mr Bao says this looks a little bit like a Mars Bar lol but of course its not and it tastes so much better, with the chocolate mouse and salted caramel 🙂 sends you to chocolate heaven within seconds! But I have to say for those who don’t like really rich desserts, you might not like this desserts ~ I can’t wait to go back to try all their desserts!
Mr Bao wanted to steal this! I have to admit it is pretty cute and creative way to deliver the bill to your customers ~ we thought it was also priced reasonably and had a great night. We’re definitely going back soon 🙂