Saturday, April 17, 2010


I can't believe how long it has been since I've publicly ranted!. Luckily, I feel a little rested today after some grocery shopping and just buying some roast duck from Canton Lake. I know I've spoken about this place before and whinged about how dodgy it actually looks. But make no mistake, I personally believe that this is a suburban gem.

ANYWAY, I'm digressing. I want to talk about dinner at Verge, a two hat restaurant on Flinders Lane facing Spring street. To cut the long story short, it was ok. I wasn't blown away, it didn't deliver a phenomenal experience.

To be fair however, the food was not bad, but different. The attention to detail on the plate was amazing, intricate plating and textures and techniques not generally seen elsewhere. Perhaps where it fell down for me was the flavour combination of some elements which seemed to overpower the dish.

I started with a tuna "ravioli", which was essnetially sashimi tuna, made to look like ravioli. Tapioca beads surrounded the 3 pieces of ravioli which I felt were slightly odd. Perhaps I grew up with tapioca, so I had preconceptions as to where it should be used...My friend's sashimi style kingfish with eel and watermelon was far more successful.

For mains,  I had the hapuka special. I can't remember what the composition of the dish was, but I do remember the hapuka being cooked through as it should. No revelations here. Overall, I wasn't blown away. Again, visually each dish was immaculately plated, but I don't believe it was successfully executed right through.

For deserts, we had rice pudding to share, which they quite surprisingly plated on two plates. Points for that. It was most definitely an interesting dish, as I expected ...rice pudding not logs of moist dense coconut rice. To accompany, there was a single egg yolk covered with a solid sugar shell, which I suspect was low-temperature cooked. If you cook an egg between 60-67 degrees (I don't know exact temperature here), the yolk actually solidifies before the white and the texture is very different. That's what I thought it was. I could be wrong. We also ordered petit fours, nothing to write home about.

Overall, it was an OK dinner, I think I need just a solid piece of steak, make it wagyu, just to calm my nerves. Or maybe a chicken, a WHOLE chicken, rather than this deconstructed stuff.

Verge Restaurant, 1 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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ebr999 said...

'Suburban gem'? I didn't think real people used that phrase, only pretentious food writers.

Dave said...

I am STILL waiting for my t-shirt. Don't tell me a volcano is actually preventing you from airmailing it to me? You're obviously not very dedicated EBR.

ebr999 said...

What, are you afraid to use my real name? I will send it on my next pay day (thurs) as I hardly got anything this week. But from my experience things get to Aus pretty quickly from Ireland (but not the other way around!!)