Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Boulevard, Montsalvat

7 Hillcrest Avenue
Victoria 3095

We headed out to the Boulevard at Montsalvat on a crisp late Autumn morning, the Boulevard occupies one of the closest buildings to the entrance. It isn't quite as grand as some of the other buildings in the complex, but is still interesting. the interior was simple but stylish with artworks on the walls.

All of us chose smaller dishes, mostly from the lunch menu, with one selection from the all day breakfast section.

The orecchiette with spanner crab, chilli, tomato, basil, ricotta rosa sauce and chorizo crumbs was a winner.

Chris enjoyed the kumara gnocchi with asparagus, pinenuts and tarragon mascarpone, the large soft dumplings had been pan fried leaving small crisp dark patches and adding texture.

The better half took the breaky option with the Montsalvat breakfast burrito, featuring a chia seed and quinoa tortilla packed with scrambled egg, coriander, caramelised onion, Mexican style beans, smashed avocado, spinach and sour cream. The flat bread was great and encased a tasty, wholesome and stisying filling.

I went with the beetroot salmon gravalax served with pickled baby beets and ginger, boiled egg, black sesame seed, crispy shallot and daikon salad. The dish was packed with flavours to match the bold colours and seemed more filling than the first appearance suggested.

We all had a taste of the Flourless chocolate cake with raspberries, custard and meringue. The sponge was a little lighter than I expected and moist and custard a perfect match.

The dishes were all just under $20, and the bill for 4 with a few drinks and coffees came in at around $140. The service was efficient yet unhurried and friendly. Given the great presentation as well as flavours in the dishes, it seemed like great value and I'd happily return try some of the options on the menu!

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