Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Greetings

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

From our front door to yours.

Monday, December 21, 2009

An Interesting Restaurant Part 1


We went to the Robert De Niro Restaurant at the Crown Casino the other evening, and I am afraid to say , for me, it was an underwelming experience.

It serves contempory Japanese food which I must say lives up to the reputation Chef Nobu Matshisa has created...deliciously exotic.

The Food, yes the food was great, however at the risk of sounding whiney, I do not particularly enjoy "a share the plate" sort of degustation menu where you only get one slice of albeit the most beautifully delicate flavoured raw tuna you could ever imagine. You can order a personal meal but we went with the waiter's suggestion of 6 courses and a dessert.

Below: Outside Nobu from the walk along the Yarra River.

Below: Inside the restaurant. The restaurant is in the basement and therefore has a very low ceiling...could I imagine Robert de Niro walking amongst the tables smiling at the customers....No.

and the noise, I know, I know I've been in noisy restaurants before and can shout comments to my fellow diners with the best of them.....but this took noise to a whole other level. The wall of hanging river stones was intriguing.

Below: The tables do not have a table cloth and while I am sure the wood is a wonderful and rare Japanese Fir, still it is a polymer finished surface on which the food is served. This decor has met with approval in 20 or so restaurants worldwide, so I guess it is just a quirk of mine that I like a crisp white table cloth.

Below: Raw Salmon.

See Post below for more dishes.

An interesting Restaurant. Part 2



Below: Sliced Wagyu beef with a Wasabi sauce. Magnificent.

Below: One member of our party, darling B. is 7 months pregnant and so the faultless service provided that when the main meal was a raw fish meal, she was given her own serving of a cooked fish version of the dish.

Below: Blacken Cod, the most delicious fish I have ever had.

Below: Dessert for Four. Chocolate filled buns, green tea ice cream and chocolate puddings.

Next door is this restaurant which caught my eye. I could see beautiful white table clothes and the ambiance was perhaps more to my liking. I would like to visit Bistro Guillaume below.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Climbing Roses in my Garden

Two Climbing Roses that are blooming away at our place at the moment.
Below: Climbing New Dawn

Below: Dorothy Perkins

What's for dessert

Reading the Menu

I would have liked to have photographed the whole delicious meal that followed but I was too busy chatting to my darling friend T. who was in Melbourne visiting from L.A.

Managed to photograph the dessert though...no I didn't have any...too much cream for me at the moment.

What's Been on the Menu 24

Below: Seafood linguine

Below: Ian' s speciality ...Beef curry, beans, rice, yoghurt and papadoms
Below: There are no other words for it ...it's Chicken Stew

Below: Lamb cutlets crumbed with crushed hazelnuts

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What's Been on the Menu 23

Chicken coated with crushed hazelnuts.

Pork chop with apple mustard sauce and gnocchi

Sausage and Salad

Where are we?

Callignee is situated in the foothills of the Strezlecki 's in Gippsland, Victoria.