Monday, February 29, 2016

The Mess Hall

51 Bourke Street
Vic 3000

We visited the Mess Hall on a warm summers evening and momentarily thought about sitting outside....

...before heading inside to stick with the table we'd reserved towards the back of the establishment.

The skylight ensured we had a bright spot to dine in.

A window and door provided views back into the kitchen area.

There were some interesting specials on offer in addition to the Northern Italian influenced menu.

We shared the Polenta chips with aioli and a sprinkle of parmesan for entree, and all enjoyed them.

I went for the beetroot, pea, goat cheese and pinenut risotto which gained a vibrant colouring from its key ingredient. The flavours were more subtle, which was probably a good thing!

The handmade tagliolini with blue swimmer crab, rocket, garlic and lemon zest came had plenty of seafood, the picture doesn't quite do it justice. It was certainly happily devoured.

The slow cooked ox cheek was super tender and richly flavoured. It came with a cauliflower puree  and gremolata.

The service was friendly and relaxed all evening. The bill came in at $133 including a few drinks, which seemed fair given the quality of the meals and we would happily return to

The Mess Hall Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Charles and Gamon

2 Gamon Street
VIC 3011

Charles and Gamon opened in April 2015 replacing Sabroso on the corner of Charles and Gamon Streets in Seddon, "aiming to bring something new and a little different to the inner west". Outside things look pretty similar and inside the layout hasn't changed much either, but it did seem lighter and brighter, but that could have been because we visited on a summer lunchtime.

The menu was mix of smaller dishes and some larger plates. We ended up going for the Sunday roast specials. The roast chicken came with duck fat roast tatties, gravy and coleslaw which ticked the boxes without being spectacular.

The lamb came with the same accompaniments but was too fatty for my fellow diners.

The meal came to a reasonable $74 for the three of us including a couple of drinks. The service was friendly throughout and I reckon we may head back to try out some of the other options another time.

Charles & Gamon Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato