Butchers Grill, Melbourne CBD

If you’re visiting Melbourne, you’ll see Butchers Grill advertised in almost every tourist guide and I can’t see why not. The beautiful interiors, vibrant wallpaper and grand chandeliers create an elegant European yet cosy dining atmosphere. The menu was so amazing that I have to admit, I may have over-ordered just a teeny bit for dinner between the boy and I.

Complimentary bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar!

Char-grilled baby octopus with tomato, fennel and feta pasta ($17.00)

Seared scallops with vegetable cream and pork crisps ($18.00)

Snicla – pork fillet filled with smoked ham and cheese served with spring onion and potato salad ($31.00)

Grilled lamb loin with pea puree, salted grapes and flamed capsicum ($38.00)

Bombe Alaska -28 degree vanilla ice cream with warm chocolate center and flamed meringue  ($15.00)

The Food Zoo experience: My favourite dish was the feta salad and the Bombe Alaska (which took a while to choose from the amazing mouthwatering dessert menu!). Was a bit disappointed with the scallops which were slightly overcooked but don’t think this would deter me from coming back next time!

Butchers Grill
141 Bourke St
Melbourne CBD
T: (03) 9639 1222

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District Dining, Surry Hills

So the past month or two has been such a whirlwind of exams, study and work and so now I introduce you all to a place which will not disappoint! A more casual, relaxed fine dining with dishes designed to share, I am so excited every time I’m going to fine dining. Thank you head chef Warren Turnbull (also head chef of Assiette)!

My favourite thing about District Dining is the way each dish is so vibrantly presented! The waitstaff are always always so professional, thoughtful and accommodating. Although at times if you are dining in the early dinner session, they may seem a bit pushy at times (though still very nice!) but you realise they’re only trying their best to make sure you have enough time to enjoy their awesome dessert!

Pimentos del padron ($8.00)

Basically Spanish small green peppers, and similar to a chili roulette, nothing beats starting dinner with some fun and games for everyone! Fortunately we didn’t seem to get a chili one…

Crispy pork belly, watermelon, cashews, pickled daikon ($24.00)

I’m so fascinated with anything cooked with watermelon… Goes well!

Veal tongue, pickled turnip, salsa verde, almonds ($16.00)

Loved how the veal tongue was so big and juicy! And the pickled turnips… Mmm…

Steak tartare, aioli, french fries, sourdough ($18.00)

This entree is great to share. I love how everyone can pass it around the table and take as little as they need (or as much as they can!) But the fries are so good they’re is never enough! haha

Field mushroom, truffled pecorino, caremalised onion pizza ($18.00)

I seem to always recently be surprised at how amazing vegetarian dishes can be! If you had your veggies, trust me, you will still love this mushroom pizza!

Riverine premium sirloin – green harissa, red onion compote ($29.00)

Those who know me know that I’m a HUGE beef fan but I think this dish was overshadowed by the amazing lamb (below). So I just Googled what “harissa” is – a mix of chillies and herbs such as coriander but don’t worry, not spicy at all!

Ras el hanout, lamb rump, pumpkin hummus, honey feta ($26.00)

The best lamb ever cooked! The lamb is super juicy and tender I almost mistook it for beef! The flavoring of the pumpkin hummus was also subtle and I just couldn’t seem to have enough.

Strawberries, raspberries, meringue, vanilla cream ($12.00)

The crispy sweetness of the meringue completely balanced out by the refreshingly sour strawberries and raspberries… I’m still craving more…

Chocolate parfait, banana cream, peanut brittle ($12.00)

Chocolate parfait which was just layer after layer of surprise! The peanut brittle on top with banana cream and then some rich chocolately mousse-like treasure at the very very bottom.

Both desserts that we had were totally delicious. The good and bad thing about district Dining is that the menu is constantly changing due to seasonal ingredients. The good – a forever changing and refreshing menu. The bad – not being able to taste the same amazing dessert you had last time!

District Dining
17 Randle Street
Surry Hills, 2010
T: (02) 9211 7798

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