|The door that greeted our entry|
When Ms Fashionista agreed to come to Melbourne for a visit, Ms Tinymouse and I were super ecstatic!!.. A GIRLY WEEKEND!!! What better task than to sit back, relax, gossip, giggle and dress up for no reason...
What better place to do that than at Cafe Vue's Cocktail Night. So I rang and booked for 3 for their October Cocktail Night, which was themed The 5th Element, to be told by a pleasant lady on the other line that unfortunately, the cafe was fully booked for that first Friday of October.
She asked if I would like to be informed if a cancellation occured, and of course I said, YES!
Fortunately, there was a cancellation and we made it!
|A cute concept of using recyclable wooden utensils|
|The menu that was present throughout the whole night|
|Water - spherification of Cairpirinha|
As a drink, because it was a shot, this went extremely quick and I was feeling quite lightheaded! My tolerance to alcohol has pretty much gone downhill ever since I stopped working for companies that offer month end drinks :P
|Tuna tataki with oyster emulsion, saltbush & edible sand|
This dish would be my second favourite dish of the night!
|Air - gin, marschino liqueur, lemon & lavender mist|
Cheers to over 20 years of girly friendship!
Before we were allowed to drink, there was a brief introduction, and one waitress released a lavender and lemon scented mist upon us (from a perfume bottle!)
|My notes, with Ms Tinymouse's extra notes :)|
|Buckwheat risotto with duck egg and cranberry|
The second course, was our most FAVOURITE dish of the night! Buckwheat risotto with duck egg and cranberry... second best risotto I've ever eaten (first being from Tutto Benne), actually could be one of the best.. considering the last one I had from Tutto was a complete disaster!! (Chocolate and red wine risotto, you ask me why? I'm just as confounded as you...)
The delicate balance of flavours and the crispiness of the duck (bacon) and cranberries worked really well together.
|Shot courtesy of Ms Tinymouse|
The waiter was hilarious and was very friendly and chatty... just the way we like it with alcohol!
|Earth - frozen peaty whisky and dark chocolate|
|Pan seared kangaroo loin with celeriac puree & cocoa soil|
|The kangaroo dish came adorning paint spattered boards|
When the waitress said, "Speck", I had to ask her to explain.. brain was already very slow ... I had assume she was saying that the board was speckled!... (yes yes, laugh all you want)
|Arriving under cover and released with smoke!!|
FIRE - cognac, fig, orange & burnt sugar
Representing 'Fire', this cocktail was a mix of cognac and burnt sugar (do you see why I liked it?)
|Fromage - Fire Engine Red Panna Cotta with red wine gel & Squid Ink Grissini|
Paired with it was an interesting dish... a cheesy panna cotta with red wine gel... those little squiggly sticks you see poking out of the panna cotta, are actually squid ink grissini, a bit tasteless, but very crunchy...
It was at this stage I caught the gentleman next to us licking his plate! The waiter (our good friend), approached him to say that we unfortunately missed the best picture of the week!
|The 5th Element!!|
We were also told that we had to make the cocktail ourselves, by balancing the flavours provided...
|Citrus, Syrup and tinctures (own made bitters)|
|Reversed Floating Island|
Paired with the last course, a dessert... which was a reversed floating island...
Delicious vanilla cream oozing out of the meringue shell encasing it, the dessert was sweet and was a great way to end the course.
Did you guess what the last element was?
It was ....
It was a super fun night, filled with much chatter (we were chatting to the two tables immediately next to us and sharing notes!)
Would I return for another adventure? Most definitely... am already planning one for the girls at work for November's menu!!!
*Disclaimer: All food ratings are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality
Food/ Cuisine: Modern French
Dining Style: Cocktail and food degustation
Overall Food Rating (Based on the Dining style): 8/10
Restaurant ambiance: 7/10 (it was quite cold, and we were sitting inside the cafe!)
Service/ Attitude: 8/10
Value for money: 8/10 (5 courses, 5 cocktails for $75)
430 Little Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel:(03) 9691 3899
Cafe Vue is open from
Monday to Friday 7am to 4pm and
Friday evening from 6.30pm for Cocktail Nights
* Cafe Vue does not take reservations during the day, only for
their Cocktail Nights on Friday evenings
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