Hello all! I apologise on my M.I.A status for the last week. It's been a crazy year end at work (and still is), and by the time I get home, all I want to do is go to bed (sometimes with no dinner!) Gasp...
It's also the time of the year of social gatherings and Christmas celebrations... so here is a much belated post on our visit to Cafe Vue 401 on Melbourne Cup Day :)
Les Boucheries in South Yarra, which has since closed). I love places that serve fresh warm bread... it just adds that little touch of detail that many places fail to notice...
I am a big fan of duck.. and the last delicious duck I had, was from Cafe Vue's cocktail night... and I have to say, this confit... was .... spectacular!!!
The skin was crispy, and the meat was so tender...I wanted more!!! And was eagerly awaiting for the Boy to say he didn't like his duck and that he'd give me his portion... fat hopes... he had as much enjoyment out of his duck as did I!
The only criticism I have of this dish was the lentils... I had a few bits of sand/stone which made it quite unpleasant... I ended up eating everything but the lentils for fear of losing a few teeth :0 !!!
I nearly forgot about this, but after our mains, we were left waiting for quite a while (20 minutes, I would say), and no one bothered about us, until I managed to get one of the staff to ask him about our desserts. Apparently they had forgotten that we had ordered 3 courses and hurriedly went to get our desserts.
As a bonus, because I like macarons... I bought some to takeaway to have at the beach... I tried the pistachio, bubblegum, lavender and chocolate macarons.
My favourite was the bubblegum and chocolate. The pistachio was a bit light for me, and the lavender was pretty normal. Good macarons are hard to come by, and these were pretty good, in my humble opinion. (Macarons cost $2.50 each).
Will I return? Yes...
Was it worth the trip? Yes...
What can I say, I love modern French cuisine.. and will happily traipse around looking for them and when I find a good one (they are so hard to come by - oh Les Boucheries, how I miss thee!), I will keep on returning!
*Disclaimer: All food ratings are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality
Food/ Cuisine: French
Dining Style: Cafe
Overall Food Rating (Based on the Dining style): 7.5/10 (for the weird sand/stone with my lentils)
Restaurant ambiance: 7/10 (it was fairly busy and it's quite hard to catch the waiters attention)
Service/ Attitude: 6.5/10
Value for money: 7/10 (3 courses for $45 each)
401 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3141
Tel:(03) 9866 8055
Cafe Vue 401 is open from
Monday to Friday 7am – 11pm
Saturday and Sunday 8am – 11pm
Reservations are available for the A La Carte Menu (including the Menu Du Jour) only
How to get there:
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