|Melbourne skyline from the Yarra River, Southbank, Melbourne|
|Raingarden at The Immersery, Queensbridge Square, Southbank, Melbourne|
|Plants and raingarden at The Immersery|
|Wines by the glass at The Immersery|
|Floating barge bar at The Immersery|
|Yabby Lake Chardonnay at Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, Riverside Quay, |
It was a gorgeous, sunny day to be enjoying the outdoor tables at Ludlow, with plenty of buskers and passers-by to entertain as we started with a glass of seafood-appropriate Yabby Lake Chardonnay.
|Bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar|
|Light nettle smoked Port Phillip Bay snapper on hot pickled mushrooms, chive chlorophyll|
While the fish fillet was excellent, it was the "hot pickled" shimeji mushrooms that stole my heart. Pan fried with a very subtle, well-balanced addition of vinegar, the mushrooms were a surprising match to the snapper and added a surf-and-turf charm.
|Paupiette of Victorian garfish, River Basin flathead, poached Portarlington mussels, |
confit of garlic, saffron rouille
|Alternate view of garfish dish|
As if that fish-on-fish paupiette action wasn't enough, both the parsley-coated flathead fillet and plump poached mussels were executed to perfection in an eye-opening and innovative dish.
|Grilled Grampian duck breast, olive oil poached Daylesford potatoes, wild fennel, Yarra Valley crème fraîche, white truffle|
The pink duck flesh with a layer of fat was an autumnal delight with soft, grilled wild fennel and Brussels sprouts, lightened with a dash of crème fraîche and a slightly odd, bitter spherified coffee sauce.
Despite getting pretty full by this stage, I couldn't leave the spring roll of confit duck, nor the adorable, tiny olive oil-poached whole potatoes topped with white truffle shavings. Along with a side of dressed mixed leaves, it was an overly generous dish that could have been a standalone main.
If this is Melbourne waterside dining, Sydney may need to pick up its game. More Melbourne posts to come and more photos on my Facebook page.
Food, booze and shoes attended the Waterlife Lunch at Ludlow Bar & Dining Room as a guest.